Frank Lampard has moved another step closer to becoming Chelsea’s all-time top scorer, in the Premier League match against Swansea City.
He scored from the spot in the 45th minute, after Juan Mata was taken down by Lee Britton in the area. Lampard, who came on as a substitute for injured Ramires after 24 minutes of the match, had earlier set up Oscar for Chelsea’s first goal in the 43rd minute, with a beautiful trademark pass.
His goal keeps him just one away from Bobby Tambling’s record of 202 goals for Chelsea, and also saw him equal former Manchester United striker, Andy Cole’s record of scoring against 38 different clubs.
Tambling, who played for Chelsea from 1958-70, had travelled from Ireland to watch the game, and was welcomed with standing ovation, when introduced during the half-time.
Lampard had chances to reach the record, but had two shots blocked, in the 50th minute and 87th minute, on both occasions by Swansea defender Ashley Williams. It could have been worse for Lampard as his sloppy back pass was well intercepted by Jonathan de Guzman, but the Dutchman failed to take advantage.
Chelsea interim manager Rafael Benitez praised Lampard telling reporters: "Frank is a great player. I'm really pleased because he scored another goal.
"Hopefully he can score five before the end of the season and he will be much happier.
"He was important for us; he is a good player and has quality when you control possession.
"I was talking with him before the game. He is a great professional and really focused.
"He would like to play more games but understands the main thing is the team."
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