REACTION: LAMPARD ON TARGET

Posted on: Mon 09 Oct 2006

With three goals in his last five games of football, the evidence is strong that Frank Lampard has rediscovered his goal touch.

 

The Chelsea midfielder's goalless World Cup was one of the major and most surprising talking points to come out of England's summer campaign.

 

Last season Lampard became the first midfielder to net 20 goals in a Premiership season. Having now scored in the pre-season game against Feyenoord and followed it up with a goal for England and the second strike on Sunday against Man City, he is finding the net with similar regularity again.

 

The England goal and the Man City one were deflected, but that is of no concern to Lampard.

 

"That is the way it is, if you keep shooting you deserve a bit of luck sometimes," he told Chelsea's official radio partner Smooth FM 102.2 after Sunday's game.

 

"Sometimes they get deflected wide and sometimes they get deflected in and it still feels as nice.

 

"It was a very good start for us," was his view of the overall performance. "We started off very sharp and determined and won the game very comfortably.

 

"The preparation has been a bit short in terms of pre-season but we knew what we had to do - we couldn't afford to start slow and make excuses. Considering we've only been together for three weeks and we had internationals last week, it was a good team performance."

 

by Paul Mason