Chelsea Daily – Lampard hopes Chelsea win sends a message to league rivals as Fergie left fuming

It was a big night for the Blues on Tuesday as they climbed to fourth spot with a win over Manchester United. It was a game that left everyone with plenty to talk about and was one in which Chelsea showed great determination and character to overturn United’s opener. After a 1-0 score at half time it looked like Carlo Ancelotti’s men were about to slump to another defeat but they fought back to clinch a vital win in the end.

There were a lot of fingers pointed at referee Martin Atkinson after the game, with the United manager Sir Alex Ferguson even going as far as saying: “You want a fair referee – or a strong referee, anyway – and we didn’t get that.” Ferguson also questioned Atkinson’s history in officiating as he stated it was not the first time United were victims of poor decisions from him. “When I saw who the referee was I did fear it. I feared the worst. That’s three years in a row that referees’ decisions have changed the game,” the Scotsman said.

Ferguson’s remarks however had no effect on the spirit of Frank Lampard, as the midfielder only focused on the character Chelsea showed to come back and win the game. “We didn’t want to lose this game, we knew we needed the three points, we spoke to each other and wanted to push on and do the job.” The England international sealed the three points for the Blues with a penalty late into the second half.

When asked about how he felt as he stepped up to take the spot kick, Lampard jokingly said: “I was knackered, I’d run up the pitch a long way!” The midfielder has had mixed fortunes with respect to spot kicks lately but had no problem in beating the keeper this time. Lampard stated: “It was a big penalty for us with the importance of the moment, I put my foot through it and I’m just pleased it got us something.” The resulting win not only brightened Chelsea’s hopes of securing Champions League football next season but also managed to blow the title race wide open again. Not many would argue that Arsenal were the biggest beneficiaries of Tuesday night’s result and the Gunners will hope that Liverpool do them a favour as well when they play United this Sunday.

Chelsea now face an away trip to Bloomfield Road as they take on the always unpredictable Blackpool. The Blues will be looking to start a winning trend now and Lampard believes the performance against United will send out a message that Chelsea can still put up a fight. Carlo Ancelotti’s side will be looking to consolidate their position with a win. In what is shaping up to be an exciting end to the season, it appears there may still be plenty of surprises left in store for players, managers and fans alike.

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