Frank Lampard thanked his Chelsea team for making him smile again as they beat Burnley 3-0 on Saturday, but told talkSPORT he was frustrated they didn’t score more.
The Blues boss joked that it had ‘been a while’ since he’s smiled after a match at Stamford Bridge after losing at home to three teams flirting with the relegation zone.
And they initially struggled to break down a stubborn Burnley resistance before a Jorginho penalty broke the deadlock, with Tammy Abraham making it 2-0 shortly before the break and Callum Hudson-Odoi completing the win in the second-half with his first Premier League goal.
Their performance was much improved in a deserved win for the hosts, but it could have been six or seven and Abraham could have had a hat-trick.
The 22-year-old was guilty of a few big misses in the second-half, and while they didn’t cost Chelsea on this occasion, Lampard says their wastefulness in front of goal has been their downfall during their recent tough period.
“That’s the only thing, that’s been the story of our home form, people are asking why we’re not winning games and it’s because of our chance conversion in recent games,” he told talkSPORT’s Ian Abrahams at the Bridge.
“Some of the football throughout the game today was what we are working towards and we just have to sustain that. That’s just pure work, we’ve worked hard this week on the training ground and that was a reflection of how the lads have worked all week.”
But despite his side’s display, Lampard admitted the number of missed chances in front of goal after fluid attacking moves was ‘a big disappointment’.
And he has challenged his team, and Abraham in particular, to be more clinical.
Asked if the young Englishman, who has 13 Premier League this season, should have netted more against Burnley, the boss added: “Yeah, and that’s a lesson for him.
“That’s what we need, we need players to be clinical in the forward areas.
“To be fair we know that he has been big for us this season, but that is the next stage for Tammy.
“He was getting in there, the football in the build-up to a couple of those chances was fantastic stuff, so that’s a big disappointment. You want to see those back again with a finish on the end.”