An emotional Frank Lampard thanked Chelsea fans following the vociferous support they afforded him during the weekend victory against Bolton, but insists the direction of the club remains more important than the misgivings of any individual.
It has been a testing season for Lampard who has been forced to acquaint himself with the substitutes bench more regularly than at any point during his Chelsea career.
The veteran midfielder did, however, start at Stamford Bridge on Saturday and responded by netting the third goal in a convincing 3-0 victory.
Lampard's goal ensured he broke new Premier League ground by becoming the first player in the history of the competition to score 10 goals in nine consecutive seasons.
It also took the 33-year-old past Jimmy Greave's league tally of 125 goals for the Blues, and his endeavours have not gone unnoticed by Chelsea supporters.
"The way the fans were with me today was lump-in-the-throat stuff, especially when they sing your name like that," he told chelseafc.com.
"When I play, I know I can contribute, but the main importance is Chelsea.
"It's been a tough old season but the fans have stuck with us brilliantly, individuals like myself, Fernando when he comes on and John Terry through stuff as well, I think the fans have been through a lot in the old days and they're keen to stick by their players and I want to thank them for that."
Following his goalscoring performance against Bolton, Lampard may now see himself drafted into Stuart Pearce's England squad after the withdrawal of Tom Cleverley.
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