TAMMY ABRAHAM said his quickfire double against West Ham was ‘much more like it’.
The Chelsea striker, 23, scored two close range efforts in two second-half minutes to seal a 3-0 win for Frank Lampard’s men.
Tammy Abraham’s quickfire double sealed all three points for Chelsea vs West Ham[/caption]
The striker scored on 78 and 80 minutes in the 3-0 win[/caption]
Abraham – who returned for his first start since being axed in favour of Olivier Giroud- had drawn a blank in his previous four Premier League appearances but he is glad to be back on the horse for the West Londoners.
Speaking after the game, he said: “Much more like it. We needed a performance and that’s what we did.
“My job is to help the team score goals and getting in the right areas. That’s what I did for my team.
“It’s something you do in the park, getting in the box and getting in the right areas and be ready when the ball lands.
“As a striker scoring goals gives you confidence. I give credit to my teammates.
“I need to help the team with either goals or assists, or just being a threat. It’s about keep getting goals, keep being in the right place.
“I have to get in the box in the right areas and be ready and that’s what I was today.”
Chelsea withstood long periods of West Ham pressure with the score still 1-0.
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But Abraham’s tap-ins on 78 and 80 minutes saw Chelsea secure their first win in four games which moved them fifth in the Premier League.
And the England international said: “They’re a great side, give credit to them. We had to stay patient and the goals came after that.
“We knew we were a good side and we brought it back today so let us kick on.
“Its all about the three points. We have some bad days but as long as we win that’s what makes top sides.
“It’s still early doors to be looking at the table, we have to just keep picking up three points.”
Thiago Silva’s early header set Chelsea on their way, but after that Lampard’s side got bogged down as the Hammers dominated play for large periods.
But the Blues dug deep to become the first side in 13 games to stop West Ham scoring before Abraham’s late double, showing the kind of character needed if they are to push for a title challenge.
Lampard said: “It wasn’t vintage but there were good parts and the best part was the character after two defeats.
There was no easy way back other than graft. Without being beautiful it was a really good result for us.”
The only blow for Chelsea was the loss of Ben Chilwell early on having turned his ankle, and he is now a major doubt for the Boxing Day clash with Arsenal.
Lampard added: “He will have scans to see how bad it is, but he is doubtful for Arsenal.”
Hammers boss David Moyes admitted his frustration at gifting Chelsea their goals, and failing to make the most of their possession by creating genuine chances to score.
Moyes said: “It was about what we did at both ends of the pitch. We played well, it was a real test for us and we showed we can push a team like Chelsea.
“But we didn’t do enough at either end.”
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