REACTION: TWO-GOAL FRANK SHRUGS OFF PENALTY PRESSURE

Posted on: Sun 26 Nov 2006

Following his first brace of goals in a Chelsea game for 11 months, Frank Lampard has been talking through the two strikes that sunk Fulham.

The stand-in captain for the day now has four goals for the season and is joint second-highest scorer in the Premiership.

The second goal, the open-play move that ended with a carefully-placed shot, he found particularly pleasing.

"It was good build-up play," Lampard told Smooth FM 102.2, Chelsea's official radio partner after the game.

"Kalou came on on the left and made a real difference for us in the second-half. He was involved in the build-up and Didier set it up. I just made a run to the edge of the box and finished it. That was so important to the team to finish the game.

"It is always a tough game here. Fulham went man-to-man in midfield but first-half we were the better team, creating some decent opportunities without really over-exerting ourselves. Then the second-half was a bit of battle.

"We won the penalty but we needed another goal to kill the game and luckily we did that at a good time."

The player talked calmly enough after the game about the opening goal penalty but he admitted he did feel the heat when opting to take it.

"There is always pressure and there is more pressure when you have missed your last one. A lot has been said about penalties, especially with Michael Ballack scoring the last one and of course there was added pressure but that is what it is all about. You have to turn up and take responsibility.

"I felt confident because I have been taking them during the week in training. It was an important moment and I don't like to shirk responsibility in those moments.

"I think Sheva fancied it and I could have given it to him no problem and had complete faith in him scoring it," Lampard insisted, before adding after a short pause, "but I wanted to take it myself!

"It was a good penalty because it hit the back of the net and that is what matters. It felt good to score two important goals because it was a tight match."