Frank Lampard was a proud manager after Chelsea’s 1-0 win over Newcastle United moved them into the Premier League top-four.
Despite a difficult start to his reign at Stamford Bridge, Lampard has now overseen five consecutive wins for Chelsea across all competitions following Saturday’s success over Newcastle in the Premier League.
At one point, though, it seemed the Magpies had done enough to hold Chelsea to a goalless draw. They withstood near-constant pressure in London to nearly escape with a point.
After Tammy Abraham and Christian Pulisic missed chances, however, Marcos Alonso fired home a winner 17 minutes from time. It was enough to wrap up all three points for the Blues, who move to fourth place in the Premier League standings.
“It sounds good,” said Lampard, according to FourFourTwo.
“We know we want to be challenging in the top four and from a slightly difficult start it’s a good sign that we are moving in the right direction.
“But our arrival in the top-four must give us the hunger to stay there.”
The Blues boss also reserved praise for Pulisic, who came on for Mason Mount in the 63rd-minute and played a big part in Alonso’s equaliser.
It was a welcome sight for the United States international amid struggles to break into the Chelsea line-up.
“I’m really pleased for him,” added Lampard.
“He’s a bit of a hot topic because of his price tag and international status, but he’s just turned 21. There’s a lot more to come.
“In the first half we were a bit safe, and a bit slow, we didn’t have enough urgency. That was the message at half-time, and in the second half, we should have had more goals and made the win more comfortable.
“I thought particularly in the second half we saw the spirit and energy in the team. We have to go back to basics. Today was tough, we had a problem in the game, but we solved it in the second half.”
Chelsea will now travel to Amsterdam to meet Ajax in a Champions League match on Wednesday.