Lampard reflects on a ‘small step’ forward and hails ‘outstanding’ Mount

The midfielder settled a hard-fought SW6 derby with a fine low finish late on as the Blues pinned back 10-man Fulham in search of a deciding goal. 

It was tough going at times with good opportunities at a premium, but the resilience and patience on display satisfied Lampard as he explained afterwards. 

‘The players approached it really well against a team who have had an uplift in form,’ Lampard started

‘The first half we controlled the game even if we got a bit sloppy at the end. With 10 men, the challenge was could we take advantage of this, stay in their half and move the ball quickly. It wasn’t easy because they camped and they knew what they had to do. 

‘It was really important to remain calm. Our recent league form has not been what we want and we have gone from being the top goalscorers in the league to not. 

‘When you’re facing a low block you have to try and find a pass that goes through a line or a bit of magic. It wasn’t quite there until Mason’s goal, but the patience and movement of the ball was good. 

‘It was apt Mason got the goal,’ added Lampard. ‘His overall performance was outstanding, but the spirit of the team was great. 

‘It was a small step today in terms of getting us a little bit back on track in the league, but it only counts if we take it forward over this month because we have got some big games coming up.’