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Frank Lampard left to rue Chelsea draw at West Ham

Lampard admits to 'lucky' penalty

Frank Lampard is disappointed Chelsea missed the chance to go six points clear at the top of the Premier League by failing to beat West Ham on Sunday.

The Blues could have made capital out of title rivals Manchester United's shock 3-0 defeat at Fulham on Saturday but only drew 1-1 at Upton Park.

"We had a great chance to capitalise on other results but we didn't do that," Lampard told BBC Radio 5 live.

"We did not play well enough, particularly in the first half."

West Ham took the lead with a penalty from Alessandro Diamanti on the stroke of half-time after Jack Collison was fouled by Ashley Cole.


But Chelsea drew level on 61 minutes when Matthew Upson was ruled to have fouled Daniel Sturridge in the penalty box, although the defender appeared to win the ball fairly.

Former Hammers star Lampard stepped up to convert from the spot at the third attempt after referee Mike Dean had ordered the kick to be retaken twice for players encroaching into the area.

West Ham manager Gianfranco Zola revealed he was disappointed with the decision.

"The referee got it right in the first place then the linesman put his flag up and the referee changed his mind," he said.

"His first impression was the right one. Pity he did not stay with that. The players were disappointed. The linesman put the flag up and that's why he gave it.

"It's a pity because the referee was better positioned than the linesman. He was closer to the action."

England midfielder Lampard admitted taking the penalty was a challenging situation, especially as he was facing international team-mate Robert Green in the West Ham goal.

"I'd rather do it against a keeper I don't know," confirmed Lampard. "Me and Greeny practise with England so he was aware of my technique. There was a bit of mind games. Fortunately they all went in."

West Ham went into the game on the back of three straight league defeats and in desperate need of a win to boost their chances of avoiding relegation.

But they showed plenty of hunger and desire against a Chelsea side who have failed to produce their best form in recent weeks.

"We wanted to start well and start sharp but we didn't do that," said Lampard. "We gave West Ham a chance to build a head of steam and we made it tough for ourselves.

"We're four points clear, so we have to take the positives, but we do have to get back to playing how we were a few games ago."

We only deserved a draw - Ancelotti

Manager Carlo Ancelotti agreed with Lampard that Chelsea only started performing after the interval.

And he blamed the busy festive period for his team's poor first-half display.

He stated: "We started only in the last 45 minutes. Before we played without intensity and were slow. We didn't move the ball quickly in midfield.

"We're not in the best moment but every team has problems in this period.

"There are a lot of matches, every three days, and it's not easy to maintain concentration, to maintain strength every three days."

Chelsea face a trip to high-flying Birmingham on Boxing Day before entertaining another in-form side in Fulham only two days later.

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Premier League results

20 Dec 2009 23:59 UK

Premier League table

Sunday, 20 December 2009 18:03 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
Full Premier League table
1 Chelsea 18 28 41
2 Man Utd 18 20 37
3 Arsenal 17 24 35
4 Aston Villa 18 15 35
5 Tottenham 18 18 33
6 Man City 17 6 29
7 Birmingham 18 1 28
8 Liverpool 18 9 27
9 Fulham 17 6 26
10 Sunderland 18 -3 21
11 Stoke 17 -5 21
12 Wolves 18 -14 19
13 Blackburn 18 -15 19
14 Burnley 18 -16 19
15 Everton 17 -8 18
16 Wigan 17 -18 18
17 Hull 18 -20 17
18 Bolton 16 -10 16
19 West Ham 18 -9 15
20 Portsmouth 18 -9 14

see also
Chelsea back Terry over reports
21 Dec 09 |  Chelsea
Zola hopes to manage expectations
21 Dec 09 |  Premier League
We only deserved a draw - Ancelotti
20 Dec 09 |  Chelsea
Sunday football as it happened
20 Dec 09 |  Football
Lampard admits to 'lucky' penalty
20 Dec 09 |  Chelsea
I got the ball clearly - Upson
20 Dec 09 |  West Ham

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