Frank Lampard reflected on mixed emotions following our see-saw draw at Bournemouth in which his side led, conceded two quick goals to trail before fighting back to take a point.
Marcos Alonso was the headline act for the Blues once again, netting goals in both halves, and Lampard praised the professionalism and performance of his Spanish defender, while also returning to familiar frustrations about our work in both boxes.
However, he started his post-match debriefing by discussing the game as a whole and how he was feeling about another point on the road.
‘It’s possibly mixed emotions,’ Lampard said. ‘You can be happy with the reaction and the fact that we score to draw but over the whole game I think we should win it. We started slow but then when we got to grips with it, all we had to do was play the simple pass, move it quickly and they would struggle with our wing-backs and struggle to get to our centre-halves.
‘We kept coming away from it but generally we controlled the game in the first half. We could have gone 2-0 up in the second half early on but don’t take that chance.
‘For the set-piece, you have to credit the jump sometimes because it was a great leap but our reaction after that wasn’t tough or instant enough, and the second goal I didn’t like at all.
‘At half-time we were very aware of what could happen. Eddie Howe is a fantastic manager so they were always going to come out with more aggression in the way they pressed and got after us because we were very comfortable. It’s frustrating when you say that a lot at half-time and then that happens in the second half.’
There were positive words for the man who has scored our past three league goals…
‘I’m very happy for Marcos Alonso but when my left-back is the one scoring the two goals and scoring our last goal in the league as well - and we’re creating that many chances in between - you have to question why we’re not finishing them.
‘I’ve been really pleased with Marcos. He’s always had that since he’s been at Chelsea, he’s got a great record of scoring goals. It’s great technique for the first one, great anticipation for the second and he almost gets a third as well in the box at the end.
‘I can’t ask anymore from players that don’t play regularly than they are professional, they train well, they keep their head down and do the right things then come in and perform like that. He’s a great example for the younger players.’
Yet there were all-too-familiar frustrations for the boss as well…
‘Everyone wants to point to the defence and we work all week on that even though it’s hard to create actual situations like someone out-jumping your man or someone diving in and getting done when they shouldn’t do it at the back.
‘At the same time, if you’re going to create 23 chances and have balls flashing across the face of goal - they’re chances we have to stick away. That’s what creates the nervousness. At 1-0, Bournemouth are in the game but at 2-0 I think we start to control it and finish the game off. I say that a lot but it’s a clear part of our season.
‘We really are striving for a little run of form where it’s win, win, win. That’s where we haven’t been for a while and that’s where we have to really dig in. If you have 73 per cent possession and 23 shots in a game but don’t win then there are question marks in both boxes.’
Finally, there was an update on Tammy Abraham’s whereabouts this weekend…
‘He went to Barcelona to have a look at his ankle with another pair of eyes on it but I’ve got no update. I’m hoping it’s not a long-term injury but at the same time I can’t say he’ll be back for Tuesday.’