Lampard hails Chelsea sub for changing the game in the second half for Chelsea

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Chelsea started the game against West Ham on fire for the first 25 minutes, with Thiago Silva scoring early on to put Chelsea in front. However, David Moyes side found their way back into the game and pressed Chelsea until the end of the half.

By the start of the second half, it was same as the first period, with West Ham looking likely to get an equaliser.

Frank Lampard then decided to bring in Mateo Kovacic for Jorginho with 24 minutes left, and the Croatian international helped Chelsea on the ball with his driving moves forward.

Tammy Abraham will eventually score two quick-fire goals late in the second half to seal a 3-0 win for Chelsea.

Speaking after the game, the Chelsea boss admitted that it wasn’t an easy game as he hailed his team for the win, singling out Kovacic for his role in the second half after coming in as a substitute.

“The performance was really good against a team with the quality of West Ham and what they’re doing at the moment,” Lampard said.

“Our defensive game was great. I wasn’t sure it would be a beautiful game because there was a bit of pressure today and they’re a good side but the lads dealt with that side of it really well.

“We started really well but in the second half for periods, we didn’t have as much of the ball and getting Mateo Kovacic helped us because he got us on the ball to help us through that final period.

“It wasn’t vintage from us but we were good in parts. The best part for me was the character the lads shown, having come into the game off the back of two defeats.”

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