EPL: Chelsea forward "hurt" by Lampard snub


"I did the best I could with the minutes I got". Today, I guess I'm happy but I'm going to keep working harder, and I'm never going to stop to try to get more minutes.

On his ankle, which was strapped up post-match, Mount added: "It's just precautionary, trying to keep the swelling down".

In addition to this, several Blues players were included in Gareth Southgate's England squad on Thursday, but the former global midfielder is confident the likes of Fikayo Tomori, Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham will stay grounded.

Palace though hope Chelsea could be persuaded to part with Batshuayi with Abraham's emergence, and with Olivier Giroud still in Lampard's squad as cover.

Michy Batshuayi and Christian Pulisic combined well late on for the Belgian's first league goal of the season, leaving manager Frank Lampard delighted at a near ideal performance.

"When people are in good form, you talk about things happening for them and for me that is down to how Tammy has handled himself all season from the early moments of pre-season and when people were questioning him in different ways", Lampard said.

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"I trusted in Tammy at the start of the season".

With all the exciting competition surrounding the attacking positions in the new look Chelsea, fans started the season scratching their heads when Willian seemed to remain a key figure in the system.

Callum Hudson-Odoi was starting for Chelsea for the first time in the league this season and the England winger created their first chance with a burst that ended with Abraham shooting straight at Angus Gunn. The 18-year-old has only played four games this term, but has provided an assist or scored in every fixture. Christian coming on with a great assist for the goal.

Chelsea has been a homebody their last two matches, but they are heading out on Sunday.

Although Chelsea was later hit by Southampton, as Danny Ings bags a goal for the Saints bringing the game back on, with plenty of time left in the clock.

The boss said: "He's fine".