Lampard: I won’t blame the fans

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Chelsea were beaten 1-0 by Bournemouth on Saturday evening at Stamford Bridge, and it was yet another disappointing result for Chelsea in the race for top four.

Chelsea fans weren’t vocal at the Bridge all through the game until Dan Gosling struck a late 84th minute goal to seal the three points for the away side.

Speaking after the game, Chelsea boss Frank Lampard chose not to blame the fans and insisted that the team’s performance and lack of urgency made it difficult for the fans to cheer.

He said: “I would be the first, but today I’m never going to say that because if I’m a fan sitting there today, I’d also say ‘pfft, too slow. Centre-back to centre back, full back to full back, back to centre back, back to full  back and I don’t want to come and see that.

“So I won’t blame the fans, they come here to support the team, they will come to Tottenham next week, they will come to Southampton on Boxing Day and some responsibility is on the players to excite them, to have the personality and the balls to take the ball in an area and beat someone or play forwards.

“That’s up to the players as well, so that’s a joint thing.”

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