Lampard admits Chelsea players must share blame

Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard insists that their 2-0 defeat against Everton on Saturday was not wholly down to manager Andre Villas-Boas, Sky Sports reports.

The Blues boss said after the loss that he would take full responsibility, but Lampard has admitted that some performances have been unacceptable this season. Chelsea are now four Premier League games without a victory and currently sit fifth place in the table with a FA Cup tie against Birmingham City on the horizon this weekend.

Lampard said: ‘It’s a group thing. It was a bad performance from start to finish. When you come to Everton, the one thing you know they’re going to do is fight you, press you and make things tough and we didn’t react to that. We created two or three chances and that’s not up to standard. We can only take that on the chin and apologise to the people who came up and watched it because that’s not good enough for Chelsea.’

Lampard captained the side on Saturday in the absence of John Terry, but good news for Blues fans is that the club captain has resumed light training. Terry has not played since the 1-0 win away at QPR in the FA Cup fourth round on January 28th, but took part in the first half hour of Monday’s training. Ashley Cole hobbled off in the loss at Goodison Park and the Blues are monitoring his condition to see if he is available for the Champions League tie in Napoli next Tuesday.

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