Frank Lampard has urged his Chelsea side to back up their Fulham win over the coming weeks, after the Blues claimed a 1-0 victory at Craven Cottage on Saturday evening.
Chelsea went into the game having failed to win in their last three league meetings, yet managed to overpower their London rivals with Mason Mount scoring a late winner, after Fulham defender Antonee Robinson had been sent-off for a reckless challenge on Cesar Azpilicueta inside the first-half.
It wasn’t the Blues best performance of the season, yet getting a win over Scott Parker’s stubborn side will go someway to easing the pressure surrounding boss Lampard.
The Blues are currently in seventh and seven points behind leaders Manchester United, albeit having played a game more, with the club in desperate need of putting a run together in order to guarantee a top four spot come the end of the season.
As Lampard himself explained, his side need to build upon their win in the coming weeks, with tough games against Leicester, Wolves and Burnley to come in January.
‘It was apt Mason got the goal,’ Lampard told his post-match press conference. ‘His overall performance was outstanding, but the spirit of the team was great.
‘It was a small step today in terms of getting us a little bit back on track in the league, but it only counts if we take it forward over this month because we have got some big games coming up.’
The Blues boss was also keen to single out match-winner Mason Mount, with the 42-year-old full of praise for his young star.
‘He’s been very, very good for us. He only turned 22 last week, and he’s an example of our youth. I came to Chelsea at 22 and I wasn’t blowing the world away in my first year at Chelsea, I was finding my feet. Mason has already got so many games under his belt. His effort and attitude was outstanding.’