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FA Cup – Lampard admits Chelsea were not good enough to win

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Frank Lampard was not happy with some of the refereeing decisions in the FA Cup final but admits his side were second best to winners Arsenal.

When his Chelsea side took the lead in the fifth minute Frank Lampard could have been forgiven for rubbing hands together and thinking this was his day.

If that thought even crossed the Chelsea manager’s mind, little did he know by the end of the game, the words disaster and nightmare were a far more accurate assessment of the match.

From an early lead to a doggy penalty against his captain, three players leaving the field of play with potentially serious injuries and a red card to boot.

That just about sums up Frank Lampard’s first FA Cup final as a manager.

Yet despite all the things going against him he is honest enough in his assessment of his team’s performance to admit the Stamford Bridge outfit was not good enough to lift the trophy.

According to the club’s official website, he was unhappy with the officiating but insists it had little bearing on who the winner should have been on the day.

The Chelsea boss said:

“We started well for 10 or 15 minutes, scored a goal, and created a few chances were in control of the game. But after that, we can only blame ourselves from that point in football terms.”

“We got complacent. We took too long on the ball, we started playing short passes like it was a stroll. An FA Cup final can never be a stroll.”

“We allowed Arsenal back in the game and from that point onwards, it’s always going to be difficult. A lot of today was on us.”

“We just didn’t perform well enough to win a final.”

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