After realising a childhood dream by scoring his first Chelsea goals, Academy graduate Tammy Abraham reflected on the backing given to him by Frank Lampard as well as his own self-belief, which has helped him reach this landmark.
In a thriller at Carrow Road, it was Abraham’s fine finish from 20 yards that settled the five-goal encounter in our favour. That was the striker’s second of the afternoon and his second in a Chelsea shirt, having opened his account very early on with a crisp first-time finish.
‘I was over the moon!’ beamed Tammy. ‘It’s something I always dreamed about as a young kid going to Stamford Bridge. I didn’t really know how to celebrate, I just ran over to the manager to thank him and the staff.
‘It’s always nice to have that support behind you, especially how he [Lampard] supports the young lads. He gives us confidence. When a coach believes in you, you just want to do your best and give 100 per cent.
‘I have always believed in myself,’ added Abraham.
‘I know I have had a bit of a sticky time at the start of the season, but I’m someone who doesn’t let that affect me. It drives me on. Now I have scored two good goals and hopefully I can keep scoring for Chelsea.
‘This is football at the end of the day. You just have to enjoy it as much as you can. It’s not a long career, so while you’re out there you just have to give your best and just enjoy it.’
Not only was Abraham’s second the crucial winner, it was also unlike the 60 or so goals he has netted so far in his professional career, during loan spells at Bristol City, Swansea and Aston Villa.
‘It was my first goal outside the box!’ he said.
‘I saw space to run in to. Kovacic found me with a good pass. I got it onto my stronger side and took the shot from outside the box. It turned out to be a good finish.
‘We went into the dressing room at half-time and said we needed to stay in the game, stay patient, defend well, and we would get another goal. That’s what we did.
‘We knew we needed to win. The first two games of the season was never easy. This game was very important and to get the three points is massive.’