CHELSEA TV EXCLUSIVE: LAMPARD LOOKS FOR BRIDGE BOOST
Frank Lampard is confidently predicting Chelsea will find the home form to match our away displays following a confidence-boosting win at Stoke.
The captain on the day played an influential 90 minutes in the Potteries, helping to set the side on the attack quickly throughout the game, but he does not see the side as one that needs to rely heavily on counter-attacking play.
Defeats at Stamford Bridge in 2013 to QPR and Swansea have raised questions about how we take on defensively-minded opposition in front of our own supporters, but speaking to Chelsea TV in Monday evening's Weekend Review show, Lampard believes we have the answers.
'At the moment we are a better away team than home team because the results speak for themselves,' he acknowledged, 'but that has got to change against Southampton on Wednesday. We have to start quicker and get the movement and the passing going like we did at Stoke.
'We can play different ways and we are doing it well away from home, but it is a case of sustaining things when you are attacking - following up the play and trying to play quickly on either side. It is all things we can do and I think people will see us do it now. We have to.
'I hate the idea of standards dropping and we have been up there a long time trying to win the league, or a bad year was coming second. The minute you drop your standards too far below then you will settle for that and there is a desire and a determination among the players and the staff, from the squad and the club to keep where we want to be.'
Despite the first two goals in the 4-0 win at Stoke coming from the head of one of their players, Lampard is entertaining no thought that the Blues were fortunate to come away with the three points that put us back up to third in the table.
'You make your luck and we could have had a lot more goals. Eden Hazard's goal was fantastic but I had a couple of chances and we dominated and looked dangerous, and there was certainly no luck in the win.
'I was just pleased to see my penalty hit the back of the net to make the game clear. I could have gone past Kerry Dixon's total by a couple but Begovic is a very good keeper and the first-half chance he made a good save with his legs and the second-half one I am a bit frustrated about because I was close-range on my left peg and I just wanted to keep it down. But the main thing was the team performance. No one gets results at Stoke this year and off the back of Swansea we played fantastically.'
Lampard's goal, his 194th for the club, puts him clear of Kerry Dixon as Chelsea's second highest scorer of all-time and just eight goals away from equalling Bobby Tambling's record total.
'Everyone mentions it with every goal I score and it is something I would be very proud of,' he told the club's own channel, 'but I love playing in a performance like Saturday and if I can keep doing that until the end of the season then I will be happy.'