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Soccer-Lampard relieved as Parker praises fighting spirit

Sat 16th January, 2021 8:32pm
LONDON, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Chelsea manager Frank Lampard was
relieved after his side ended a three-match winless league run
with an industrious 1-0 victory at 10-man Fulham while his
countepart Scott Parker praised his team's character. 
    Lampard came under intense pressure after Chelsea's league
form dropped like a stone off a cliff following a promising
start, with the Blues claiming only one win in their previous
six outings.
    "Of course it feels good to get a win, it has not been easy
with the league form recently and you have to break the duck,"
Lampard told Sky Sports after Mason Mount's late winner sank
Fulham at Craven Cottage.
    "Just because of the current form it is a bit harder, the
confidence is not quite there. But we found it so I'm really
pleased.
    "I trust the quality of the players. There was a feeling we
would get a goal, because the pressure was constant. It was
about staying patient with our passing and I think we did."
    Lampard pointed out Chelsea struggled against a packed
Fulham defence after the home side's Antonee Robinson was sent
off in the 44th minute and urged Mount to venture forward more
in order to get into scoring positions.
    "It is a pressure to move the ball, hit the sides, open it
up, make them run and create chances. We were doing that," said
Lampard.
    "Mason was in a deeper role but can still arrive. He needs
to score more goals, he knows that, but his quality and attitude
is brilliant."
    Parker praised his team's defensive effort but criticised
striker Ivan Cavaleiro for missing a gilt-edged chance in the
first half when the teams were still level on the scoreboard and
the pitch. 
    "It was a great chance for Cavaleiro - that needs to go in,"
he told the BBC. "I thought defensively we were fantastic. You
still want to be a bit of a counter-threat.
    "In the second half, you're playing the clock a bit - we
tried to hold on but it wasn't to be. But I've nothing but
admiration for my team - they were superb to a man."

 (Writing by Zoran Milosavljevic; Editing by Pritha Sarkar)
 ((zoran.milosavljevic@thomsonreuters.com; +38163341194; Reuters
Messaging: zoran.milosavljevic.thomsonreuters.com@reuters.net))
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