Lampard frustrated as Chelsea held


Chelsea boss Frank Lampard revealed his frustration following a shock defeat against Bournemouth and believes the fans are not being entertained.

Lampard has also challenged his Blues players to “have the balls” to carve open teams that set out to shut them down.

Dan Gosling’s over-the-head flick let Bournemouth stun a turgid Chelsea 1-0 at Stamford Bridge, condemning boss Lampard’s men to a fourth Premier League loss in five matches.

Speaking after the game, former Blues midfielder Lampard criticised his players for lacking the urgency to beat Bournemouth’s impressive low block, in the same way Chelsea struggled in recent losses to West Ham and at Everton.

The ex-Derby boss Lampard even conceded Chelsea’s fans had the right to be underwhelmed by what they had seen at Stamford Bridge, amid a flat west London atmosphere.

“In front of our home fans it’s clear now that we’re not playing well enough, not getting enough results,” said Lampard. “We just didn’t get the fans excited enough.

“The fans shouldn’t be excited if we’re going to play 10 balls across the back four, they shouldn’t be. And that’s not the team I want to manage.”

Gosling’s late goal snatched the resolute Bournemouth a victory to cut short a distressing run of five-straight league defeats for a relieved Cherries boss Eddie Howe.

The goal was awarded after a VAR review, with Cesar Azpilicueta failing to clear off the line and Philip Billing rightly judged inactive as he was retreating and not interfering with play.

Chelsea now need a response if they are to keep a place in the top four this season and clinch Champions League football. They sit four points ahead of Sheffield United, who are in fifth.

Lampard has also backed the Chelsea supporters to turn out in their numbers for the forthcoming home games against Tottenham and Southampton, and also believes they deserve to be entertained.