Chelsea boss Frank Lampard urges Blues to be more ruthless after frustrating Nottingham Forest draw
Frank Lampard called on his players to be killers in attack if they are to emulate Raheem Sterling's two goals in the 2-2 draw against Nottingham Forest and finally vanquish the team's scoring woes.
Chelsea were booed off at the break against struggling Forest, trailing to Taiwo Awoniyi's header after Edouard Mendy had flapped at a cross on his return to the side. It then took just seven second-half minutes for Sterling to turn the game on its head and remind those same supporters of the potential the England forward still has to transform a match single-handedly. His first he owed to good work from Noni Madueke and Trevoh Chalobah down the right and to a fortunate deflection off Ryan Yates who lay stricken on the turf, but his second was a sublime solo effort, ramming the ball into Keylor Navas' bottom corner after finding space inside the box. Lampard said Sterling's example was one the whole team would need to follow going into next season if Chelsea are to put this miserable campaign behind them. "Raheem's a player that has the credit in the bank, he's been a regular scorer in the Premier League and for his country," said the Blues boss. "To see him score there (the first goal) was Raheem. Arriving for a cross, and then individual brilliance to score the (second) goal. I'm very happy for him. It's what we need across the top end of the pitch. "Raheem has done it and he's produced it again. If you're going to win games when you have 76 per cent possession, you need to be killers at the top end of the pitch, and Raheem is proven to be that. At the moment we don't have enough of that." The draw means Chelsea are still without a home win since Lampard returned as interim manager on April 6 and saw them slip back into 12th place with Crystal Palace's win over Bournemouth. Aside from Sterling's solo intervention, there was little to suggest the goalscoring troubles that have derailed their season have an end in sight. Lampard added: "What pleased me was not so much the week's training, it was more the idea of what the plan is before the game that we were going to have a lot of ball in their half, so we have to be really dynamic to move their back five, we have to make sure our counter-press positions are good, which they are to be fair. "What displeased me was that in the first half we didn't do it with enough urgency to break the back five; sideways, safe. Then in the second half when we did, we underlapped them and get a goal and we showed urgency in our running forward and we get another goal."
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