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Mount reveals what he said to team-mate before his goal and Lampard’s half-time instructions

How Lampard demanded Mason Mount winner v Fulham

Mason Mount credited his rediscovered ability to arrive in the right place at the right time for the goal that won the game at Fulham, and gave Chelsea our first three points in the Premier League since Christmas.

He even timed his move forward for his well-struck shot in the 78th minute from a deeper position against Fulham and it gave him his second goal in two games.

‘I turned 22 [last Sunday] and now I have two goals so it has been a good week and hopefully that continues,’ Mount smiled after the game.

‘I should have had two against Fulham really, I should have scored in the first half but I am happy with one as well.

‘Jorginho went off and the manager brought Tammy on and then Timo on so I dropped a bit deeper and I was in there with Kov [Mateo Kovacic] so I told him to sit a bit and that allowed me to go a bit more forward, and then I found myself in the box which recently in the last couple of weeks I haven’t been doing.

‘I haven’t been getting in the box as much and that was something I looked at. I managed to get in there in this game and it fell to me.’

The goal, the 11th Chelsea have scored in the final quarter-of-an-hour of Premier League games this season, came after the team had to be patient in breaking down a Fulham side that retreated deep in front of their goal after they had a man dismissed just before half-time.

‘They had five at the back and that is always difficult,’ said Mount. ‘You kind of feel like you are camped in and you are trying to keep the ball and you feel like you are getting impatient at times and you start forcing it. That kind of sets in but we did well on that and we stayed patient.

‘We tried to play and with them having a man sent off it helped us coming out for the second half, and then it got better and better and we nicked the goal so we are pleased with that.

‘The gaffer said just keep moving the ball, keeping staying confident and keep trying to open them up and let our quality come out and I thought we did that.

‘We analysed them a lot so we knew they have very good threats up front and they defend well. Against many other teams they don’t give many chances away so we knew that but we stayed patient, we kept moving the ball and tried to open them up from the sides and get crosses in. Hopefully one was going to fall to us and luckily that fell to me and I managed to score.’

Mount admitted the game felt like a must-win one before kick-off which made the victory even more satisfying.

‘It was a massive game for us. We know the run we have been through, recently it has been tough. We have had to look at ourselves and it was good to get the win against Morecambe, that was a step of getting wins under our belt again and Fulham was a tough, tough game.

‘We went on that run when we were doing very well and you can’t let complacency set in and then we went on a run of not doing well but that’s football, it is up and down, and we have shown character recently to really dig in and work hard first and foremost in training, going up against each other and having that competition and knowing that we need to work hard and be as team to get the three points.

‘I think we are getting back to where we were before and that is the positive we can take out of it.’
 

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