Alan Pardew praised the efforts of Jose Mourinho’s side as they took the Premier League title following their 1-0 victory at Stamford Bridge.
"They're difficult once they go ahead, that's what champions do, they don't let you back in once they take the lead. They've had two defeats all season and they've done the job. That's why this guy earns the money he earns. He wins trophies and he'll win the manner he sees fit for the occasion.
"Sometimes fantasy and flair goes out the window to do the job to win."
The victory came courtesy of a goal from Eden Hazard as a penalty save by Julian Speroni rebounded back to him but Alan thought the award of the spot kick was harsh against his side and also believed one could have been given at the other end of the pitch.
"I do feel a little bit hard done by, I asked the referee at half-time. He said it was an 'absolute definite penalty, Alan. I don't know what you're asking for'.
"It was a bad piece of luck, really. It was kind of questionable. Then they get another break when he misses it and it goes straight to him.
"We also felt that Punch's shot is blocked by John Terry's body and hand. It could've been a penalty for that.''
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