Frank Lampard offers surprising reaction as Chelsea duo booed by fans

Chelsea caretaker manager Frank Lampard reviews Bournemouth game

Frank Lampard opted against condemning Chelsea fans who booed Raheem Sterling and Hakim Ziyech before Saturday’s 3-1 win at AFC Bournemouth. The Blues halted a six-game losing run at the Vitality Stadium to move up to 11th in the Premier League.

It eased fan frustrations near the end of a disastrous season, which has seen Lampard make a surprise return as interim boss after Thomas Tuchel and Graham Potter’s sackings.

But tensions were high before kick-off when travelling supporters booed Sterling and Ziyech when their names were read out.

Both players responded positively, registering an assist each for Benoit Badiashile and Joao Felix’s decisive late goals.

And instead of urging Chelsea fans against booing their own players, Lampard hailed the visitors’ following as “fantastic.”

He told reporters at the Vitality Stadium: “Our fans were fantastic today. I appreciate their support.

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“And we had a meeting at the end of the game on the pitch where everyone felt good for a day. It’s important to feel that connection.

“In terms of the subs, they made an impact. Raheem was involved in a goal. Hakim gave us an assist. Opinions can always change, but they are two players that want to do well.

“There has been a lot of underperformance this year, but that’s temporary. Their class is permanent, and they showed it.”

Lampard has learned to celebrate the small successes during his woeful second stint in the Stamford Bridge dugout.

And he admitted he’d be enjoying a beer on Saturday night after tasting victory for the first time since his April return.

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“Absolutely, they should enjoy tonight – and have a beer or a glass of wine for do whatever they do,” Lampard added.

“I’ll be having a beer, for sure. I am ordering them to the coach now, but not too many.

“Now, we cannot take our foot off the pedal in terms of taking steps forward until the end of the season.”

Chelsea have a good opportunity to make it two wins in two when they host relegation-battling Nottingham Forest on May 13.

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