Back among the goals for the first time in three months, it was an understandably satisfied Mason Mount who spoke in the aftermath of our 4-0 Premier League win over Everton about ending a 19-game wait to return to the scoresheet.
The 21-year-old opened the scoring at Stamford Bridge on Sunday lunchtime, swivelling majestically just inside the box before burying a precise finish into the bottom corner beyond his England team-mate Jordan Pickford’s despairing dive.
It set the Blues on the way to our biggest league win of the season and took Mount up to six goals, all coming in the Premier League. However, the midfielder admitted afterwards that his struggle to score since the start of December had left him searching for answers.
‘I feel like recently I’ve been trying too hard to score, snatching at shots and trying to take shots when I’m off balance,’ he revealed. ‘When you’re so focused on ‘I want to score, I need to score’, then that does happen - you don’t take your time and focus on the technique.
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‘I’ve been over-thinking and it’s not been going my way so I was trying to stay calm and not trying to look for it as much as I have been. I was just focused on the performance and then it happened. I turned, took a touch and finished it. It’s something where you don’t have to try that hard, it just comes at the right time and obviously it did today.’
After looking back through match footage and discussing the issues with his father and his boss Frank Lampard, the youngster resolved to play a more natural game and that paid dividends as he found the back of the net once again in a dominant home performance.
‘Against Bournemouth, I took a shot in the first half where it was an impossible angle and I was just trying to maybe score a worldie when it wasn’t on,’ he continued. ‘In the Bayern game, I snatched at a shot with my left foot when it just wasn’t on but I wanted to score so much.
‘I spoke with Frank about that but it’s been more just me personally looking at my game and I’ve been speaking to my dad as well. He’s very into football and watching my game, looking at where I can improve and he helps me a lot. He watches every game I play and then tells me after what I did well and what I didn’t do the best.
‘He used to play - not at a high level - and he’s been a coach as well. He just wants to help make me the best I can be so I listen to every bit of advice and try to learn from it. Coming off the pitch and speaking afterwards in the car is something we’ve done ever since I was a little kid so nothing really changes.’
Mount left the action after an hour in a little discomfort but insisted it was hopefully nothing to worry too much about.
‘I took a little knock, a knee in the back of my knee, but I think it was just precautionary to come off,’ he added. ‘It feels fine. The next couple of days I’ll go in, get treatment and hopefully it’ll be fine.’
Reflecting on perhaps our most complete home performance of the season, there was as much satisfaction with consecutive clean sheets as our first four-goal league haul since October.
‘Speaking about it in the changing room after, it’s about time we scored quite a few goals at home, kept a clean sheet and had a very dominant performance,’ Mount said. ‘I think the fans deserve it and it all came together.
‘You always want to win your home games, that’s the most important thing. The last two games we’ve had to stay focused because it was two tough games but the main thing is to keep clean sheets because they are just as important as scoring goals.
'We’ve done that and then the goals come when we’re playing well, making combinations and finishing off good attacks.’