AT STAMFORD BRIDGE
CHELSEA 2 vs WEST HAM UNITED 0
CHELSEA manager Rafael Benitez has challenged Frank Lampard to score even more between now and the end of the season, after the star midfielder netted his 200th goal for the Blues in their win against West Ham.
An unmarked Lampard headed in a dinked cross from Eden Hazard 19 minutes into yesterday’s encounter, before Hazard found the net himself shortly after half-time to guarantee all three points.
“I am happy because Frank scored 200 goals, a fantastic achievement for any player but especially for a midfielder,” Benitez said. “We have a lot of games still to play so hopefully he can score more goals. As I said one or two months ago, hopefully he can score 15 to 20 goals [this season] and he will be happy and I will be happier.”
The 34-year-old’s header was the 14th time he has found the back of the net for Chelsea this season. It was greeted by a number of objects thrown from the crowd as he celebrated in front of West Ham’s supporters. The Metropolitan Police has said it is investigating incidents of coin-throwing.
The game’s fourth official, Howard Webb, was forced to intervene, asking both teams’ substitutes to warm up away from the travelling fans.
Chelsea captain John Terry had also provoked an angry reaction from the visiting Hammers while warming up.
On the pitch, Terry’s team-mates created numerous chances and should have scored more than twice. The result sees Chelsea jump one place to third in the Premier League table, while West Ham slip to 14th, just six points off the drop zone.
“My belief [is that] our home record particularly and our home performances this year will be good enough to secure the points we need to be safe,” manager Sam Allardyce insisted.
“At the end of the day it’s about us getting to 39 points. You get 39 points or more and you’re alright.”