Lampard scores memorable 200th goal for Chelsea in 2-0 win over West Ham
The name of Frank Lampard echoed through Stamford Bridge after the midfield maestro scored his 200th goal for Chelsea on Sunday night. The England international scored against his former club West Ham United to brand the memorable moment in the minds of Chelsea fans.
Chelsea replaced third-placed Tottenham Hotspur on the Premier League table with a 2-0 win over West Ham United on Sunday. Frank Lampard, who drew first blood in the 19th minute, was once again a force to be reckoned with.
“It is one of my best days,” Frank Lampard told BBC after the game. “Obviously, winning the Champions League and championships are the best, but personally getting 200 goals for the club, I never thought I would touch that so I am pleased to get it.
“Everyone keeps talking about the goalscoring record, I would rather people kept quiet. The important thing is trying to score goals to win games. We are in good form and everyone is at it. There is a good feeling around the place and we need to carry it on until the end of the season.”
Chelsea’s interim manager Rafael Benitez refused to chain Frank Lampard from celebrating in front of the visiting fans, who were clearly unexcited about Frank Lampard’s superb header.
“When you score 200 goals you don't think too much about where you go,” Rafael Benitez said. “You celebrate and afterwards we realized he would've been better to be in another part.”
Rafael Benitez wasn’t sure if any of his players had been hit by objects thrown from the crowd, but he did confirm that fourth official Howard Webb asked Chelsea substitutes to warm up at the other end of the pitch after Frank Lampard’s goal.
The ex-Liverpool boss refused to compare Frank Lampard with his former captain Steven Gerrard. Instead the Spaniard praised his team for allowing Frank Lampard to press forward and look for goalscoing opportunities inside the box.
Rafael Benitez added he hoped Frank Lampard would continue his goal-scoring form for Chelsea.
“We have a lot of games to play,” Rafael Benitez said. “Hopefully he can score more goals. Hopefully he can score 15, 20 goals and he will be happy and I will be happy.”