What Lampard said after Reece James pocketed Wilfried Zaha

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Reece James made his first Premier League start against Crystal Palace and Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has admitted he was delighted with the performance of the 19 year old right-back.

James dominated Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha and provided a regular attacking outlet.

Asked if he was delighted with the performance of James against Zaha, Lampard said: “Yes, I thought Reece was fantastic against one of the best wingers in the league one-v-one. A real threat and on the counter-attack. Reece dealt with most of those situations and he also joined in the attack.

“You can see how comfortable he is with the ball at his feet and his delivery and passing so I was pleased.

“I trust in Reece and out of all of the younger players who have been getting his chance this year, he has had his injury earlier in the season.

“He has got fit that little bit later but he has been training at a level and coming on at a level where he deserves his minutes today. He did brilliantly.”

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