‘There have been so many of these moments’ – Lampard hits out at Chelsea defence after West Ham loss

The Blues boss was left frustrated by the lapses that cost his side from the Hammers

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has been left to rue his side’s defensive frailties after a 3-2 defeat against West Ham on Wednesday at the London Stadium.

After Leicester’s defeat to Everton earlier, the Blues had the chance to move to third in the Premier League with a victory.

Although they took the lead through a Willian penalty, they certainly were pegged straight back by a header from Tomas Soucek and trailed early in the next half when Michail Antonio tapped in. The Brazilian responded with a free kick but because the Blues chased victory, they certainly were caught on the counterattack as Andriy Yarmolenko fired home a late winner.

It left the former England midfielder frustrated with the typical of his side’s defensive work. 

“I wouldn’t say it’s the story of our season, but there have been so many of these moments,” that he said. “We had a good restart, three great results, and tonight we had the chance to go third. 

“In a match like this, you have to complete every part of the game well. You can dominate possession, which we did for some of the overall game, but if there are moments where you switch off, in the event that you make a couple of errors that lead to them scoring an objective that lets them go in 1-1 at half-time, you’re planning to encourage teams on. I’ve been there and I’m aware of it. 

“The players have to show a bit of extra mentality and do the extra things that let you see a game through.”

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Looking at his side’s situation in the league, he commented to Sky Sports: “We are two points ahead of Manchester United, who have been playing fantastic and are on a great run, Wolves are receiving a great season and they’re behind us, Leicester have had a great season and we’re just to their rear.

“It’s about perspective. We are upset because we wanted to win the game, we’re footballers and we’re in a good position. So there’s no point in being down but I can’t help but say the truth today which is that it’s a game we should have won tonight.”

Chelsea will attempt to bounce back against Watford on Saturday.