Chelsea boss Frank Lampard was impressed with Tammy Abraham’s persistence and resilience in the 2-0 win over Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge.
The striker barely had a kick in the first half, but grabbed his 11th goal of he season soon after the break to put the Blues on their way to a sixth Premier League win in a row.
Lampard joked Abraham “needs to be better in the first half”, when asked his star forward’s performance.
“I spoke to Tammy because there are some games as a striker that will frustrate you because good defenders won’t give you much space behind and there is sometimes a midfielder in front too so there is a problem for Tammy to solve,” Lampard said.
“He was quite quiet but with any top striker you expect everything, but it is not always possible. You need to stay in the game, stay bright and lively, keep running, which he did.
“He took his goal very clinically, even though it might not be his best game on the showreel but he got the goal that got us in front and helped us win the game.”
Lampard was also happy with the way his side responded to a slow end to the first half.
“We allowed the tempo to drop slightly towards the end of the first half,” Lampard said.
“But when we came out in the second half with the intent that we did and the extra urgency, we won the game comfortably, although it could have been by more.
“It was a nice solid win with a clean sheet.”