Premier League: Frank Lampard nets 200th Chelsea goal in 2-0 win over West Ham
Last Updated: 17/03/13 9:52pm
Frank Lampard scored his 200th Chelsea goal to help them to a 2-0 victory over his former club West Ham in Sunday's London derby which moves the Blues up to third in the Premier League.
An impressive Eden Hazard teed up the veteran midfielder's 19th-minute header with a skilful chip into the box before adding one of his own early in the second half.
Lampard, on his 595th Blues appearance, was unmarked when he met Hazard's clipped cross from the right channel with a firm header for his first goal since his strike in the FA Cup fourth-round replay with Brentford.
Best of the match
- Man of the match: Eden Hazard had a superb afternoon for Chelsea and was a threat throughout, setting up Lampard's opener before bagging one of his own with some wonderful skill.
- Goal of the match: Lampard's will have held special sentiment for Chelsea's fans but Hazard's was a delight to watch as the Belgian teamed up with Juan Mata before bursting into the box, shrugging off two defenders and slicing home.
- Chance of the match: Demba Ba did not have his scoring boots on for the Blues, missing several opportunities, with the most glaring coming when he fired wide in the seventh minute after being played in by Lampard.
- Save of the match: West Ham goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen had a great afternoon despite the defeat and did well to deny Ba with his feet in the opening half.
- Talking point: The derby win moves Chelsea up to third - can they keep teams below at bay to stay there after back-to-back triumphs?
Chelsea would have been in front earlier had Demba Ba converted instead of slicing wide when played in by Lampard in the seventh minute.
In the first half West Ham rarely threatened - Andy Carroll had a strike chalked off for a push in the back on David Luiz - and the Blues should have been out of sight by the interval.
Jussi Jaaskelainen saved a low Luiz free-kick and twice denied Ba when the striker had been found by Victor Moses, who also shot wide on the turn from Cesar Azpilicueta's cross as West Ham again left a Chelsea player in space in the box.
Juan Mata curled off target, a spectacular Luiz left-footed volley went narrowly wide and Chelsea's dominance continued after the break.
Hazard collected an attacking throw-in down the right, linked with Mata and then was allowed to drift across the area. The Belgian then went past a hapless Winston Reid and James Collins before shooting left-footed and low into the bottom corner.
Jack Collison, Gary O'Neil and Carroll, twice, tried but failed to trouble Petr Cech before Reid was booked for cynically pulling back Mata as the Spaniard forged forward.
Hazard had a shot blocked by Joey O'Brien and Ba shot wide under pressure from Reid, while Terry came on for a 12-minute cameo appearance, replacing Luiz, who hobbled off and straight down the tunnel in the 78th minute.
Hammers substitute Carlton Cole got in front of Cahill at the near post but Cech saved and Carroll headed over from a late corner for the Hammers, who were then fortunate not to concede a third goal.
Uncharacteristically Lampard ballooned a shot over from Oscar's cross after 86 minutes before soaking up the acclaim at the final whistle.
Chelsea manager Rafael Benitez believes his side could have won by more goals but feels "positive" over their week.
"It's a pity because it was a great win, a great result for us, a clean sheet, two goals, 200 goals for Lampard, but we could have maybe scored three or four goals and it would have been even better," he told Sky Sports.
"We're still very positive. The week was very positive for us and today the team was playing great football."
West Ham boss Sam Allardyce admits their London rivals were deserving of their win.
"Overall, yes they deserved to win, but I'm a little disappointed that we might have just sneaked one and just seen how they handled it," he said.
"I think, at the end of the day, Chelsea are a top, top side and were in good form today, especially the clever players. We had a lot of trouble trying to cope with them today."
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