Chelsea beat Brighton to earn Lampard first home league win

Frank Lampard admitted he was relieved to finally earn his first home Premier League win as Chelsea manager after goals from Jorginho and Willian sealed a 2-0 victory against Brighton on Saturday.

Lampard had presided over two draws and a defeat in the league at Stamford Bridge since the Blues legend was hired from Derby in the close-season.

A League Cup thrashing of minnows Grimsby in midweek was Lampard’s only win on home turf until Jorginho’s second half penalty broke Brighton’s resistanceWillian bagged the second goal to guarantee Chelsea that avoided failing to win their opening four home league matches for the first time since 1986-87.

“The home games have been frustrating for different reasons, so today is a nice one. You are aware of it. You want to win,” Lampard said.

“You could almost feel the frustration at half-time because we hadn’t put the ball in the net. Hopefully this gives everyone confidence.Because of the no wins here you fear the worst, but there was a different feel today. I felt the goal was coming and the penalty was the moment.”

Chelsea’s third league win this season was just reward for a dominant display that backed Lampard’s belief his raw team can challenge for a top four finish.

Giving further encouragement to Lampard, the Blues kept a clean-sheet for the first time in 10 games in all competitions this term.


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