Lampard backs Mendy after keeper’s mistake

Chelsea interim boss Frank Lampard insists he has full trust in Edouard Mendy and the keeper’s recall for the 2-2- draw with Nottingham Forest was no slight on Kepa.

Mendy replaced the Spaniard for just his 12th Blues appearance this season but was at fault for the first goal, coming off his line and flapping at a cross that saw Taiwo Awoniyi head the Reds ahead.

Awoni’s opener saw Forest lead 1-0 after a dire first half and, although a Raheem Sterling double put them 2-1 ahead, Chelsea had to settle for a point.

Lampard felt Mendy deserved a chance in the team after impressing in training.

“We have two good goalkeepers,” said Lampard, who has won just one of his seven games in charge since replacing Graham Potter. “Edu has been training well and Kepa has been playing really well.

“But in the situation we are in, to give a game to Edu was no problem. He’s a goalkeeper we trust so he started.”

Meanwhile, N’Golo Kante is likely to miss the remainder of the season because of a groin injury