Lampard pleased with improved performance despite draw

Lampard felt that the momentum of a winning run might have been enough for us to win this game not long ago…

‘When things are going well it’s pretty easy. We were on a long unbeaten run, we were playing well, not too many levels up from what we were playing today. Today the focus of the team was good, some of the play between the lines, particularly down our left-hand side with Chilwell and Christian and Mason was really good, against a really good team.

‘So I think maybe we would have won it a month ago. When you’re in a good run the ball goes in the back of the net more, like with Christian’s chances or the chances at the end of the game, the goal that happened when you’ve got a man down. Unlucky or whatever you want to call it, that’s just football. It’s a point, we wanted more, but if we keep playing with the same attitude then we will get back to winning.’

Villa’s equaliser was surrounded by controversy due to a possible handball in the build-up and Andreas Christensen being down injured from a Jack Grealish challenge when they scored…

‘I think it was handball on the line. The fourth official was very close, the linesman was very close, I’m not sure why it wasn’t given. In terms of the Grealish incident, I haven’t seen it again, but I didn’t feel there was much in it at the time, I’m not sure whether it was a foul or not. I was just concerned as soon as Andreas stayed down that the ball was going to go into our box and we’d be a man down, which turned out to be the case.’