Chelsea avoided an embarrassing Arsenal style exit from the FA cup with a 4-0 victory over League one Brentford at Stamford Bridge. The Blues scored all of their goals in the second half, following a lacklustre first 45 minutes, and Frank Lampard made himself the club’s highest scorer ever in the FA cup. He now has 199 club goals, just three short of the record held by Bobby Tambling.
The way that Lampard is playing, only a fool would bet against him beating that figure of 202 goals this season, regardless of whether or not he is offered a new contract to keep him at the club. There is a suggestion that the hesitation in offering the midfielder a new contract may be a clever ploy to make sure he tries to beat the record this season. Surely he will be given another year, even if he fails to break the record this season.
Lampard’s goal was Chelsea’s third and was a simple tap in, but he still had to be in the right place, which is something he has always done. Juan Mata opened the scoring with a well taken shot, and Oscar’s clever piece of invention and back heeled finish made the game safe. Lampard was joined on the scoresheet by another club legend. Captain John Terry marked his return with a far post header to make it a perfect day for Chelsea.
We will travel to Middlesborough a week on Wednesday to play for a place in the last eight.