Lampard relishes landmark Chelsea goal

Frank Lampard has expressed his delight and scoring his 200th Chelsea goal, moving him within a handful of strikes of the Blues’ record goal scorer Bobby Tambling, the Daily Mail has reported.

Lampard’s landmark effort came in Chelsea’s 2-0 win over the midfielder’s former club, West Ham, with Belgium playmaker Eden Hazard also on the score sheet. The victory sees Chelsea return to third place in the Premier League, a point ahead of Tottenham, who lost at home to Fulham in another London derby.

The 34-year-old Lampard now needs two goals to equal Tambling’s record of 202, notching his double century on his 595th appearance. After the match he compared the feeling of reaching 200 Chelsea goals with that of winning league titles and the Champions League.

Lampard said: “It is one of my best days. Obviously, winning the Champions League and championships are the best, but personally getting 200 goals for the club, I never thought I would touch that so I am pleased to get it.

The goal was Lampard’s 12th of the season but was not greeted kindly by the visiting West Ham fans, the Mail adds, who allegedly pelted the celebrating Chelsea players with coins.

Lampard moved to Stamford Bridge from Upton Park in 2001 for a fee of £11m, scoring his first Chelsea goal in the last minute of a 3-0 UEFA Cup win over Levski Sofia. Eidur Gudjohnsen scored the other two goals of the game.

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