Lampard reacts to Werner's penalty miss and rates his performance vs Luton

Frank Lampard insisted he had no concerns about Timo Werner’s late penalty miss in Chelsea’s 3-1 win over Luton Town and praised the forward’s all-round performance as the side booked their place in the fifth round of the FA Cup.

Werner assisted the first goal of Tammy Abraham’s impressive hat-trick with a smart cut-back in the 11th minute at Stamford Bridge and will have been desperate to get on the scoresheet himself after netting just once in his previous 15 games for the Blues.

The German gave himself a golden opportunity to extend Chelsea’s lead after being brought down by Luton goalscorer Jordan Clark with two minutes remaining of the clash.

But the former Leipzig star saw his spot-kick saved by Simon Sluga and cut a frustrated figure as referee David Coote blew his whistle to signal full-time.

Asked about Werner’s display shortly after the final whistle, Chelsea head coach Lampard told beIN SPORTS: ‘He gave Luton a lot of problems.

‘It’s trying to get Timo into positions he’s comfortable in and use his best attributes which is his speed, his ability to be on the shoulder, his ability to score and that doesn’t go away.

‘He’s in a moment now where it’s not happening for him and maybe that penalty is the ultimate, where it’s not quite happening for you that you have to fight your way out of it.

‘I’m not concerned about the penalty in the slightest. I’d have loved him to have scored it but I saw a lot of positives in his own performance.

‘There will be a time when he puts in penalties and not thinking about it. At the moment he’s probably thinking a lot about it and that’s just football but he’ll be fine.’

At his post-match press conference, Lampard admitted he was ‘disappointed’ for Werner but backed the attacker to rediscover his scoring boots ‘very soon’

‘With Timo I’m disappointed for him, he gave a lot to the performance today he was a threat behind, was on the move,’ Lampard added.

‘He linked up with Tammy, he linked up with a couple of people around him and it’s just one of those things where it’s not quite going for you and it can happen.

‘I missed penalties I know the feeling. I know he’ll feel despondent maybe now and the last few minutes of the game but he shouldn’t be and it’s my job and his teammates’ job to lift him because he’ll be fine.

‘It was almost a sign of what’s going on for Timo at the minute it’s not quite dropping for him but there will be a time when he takes penalties without thinking about it and hits the back of the net without thinking about it.

‘At the moment it’s not quite the time for Timo but it will come and hopefully very soon.’

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