Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has called on his players to display greater levels of concentration after his side were held to a 2-2 draw by Bournemouth. Marcos Alonso fired the Blues ahead after half an hour at the Vitality Stadium, reacting quickest when Olivier Giroud’s effort struck the bar.
However, Bournemouth hit back shortly after the break when Jefferson Lerma rose highest to power a header beyond Willy Caballero.
And Josh King completed the turnaround when he tapped home at the back post following good work from Jack Stacey.
The game swung again when Chelsea rallied late on with Alonso pouncing to nod home an equaliser after Pedro’s shot was saved, but Lampard identified two key issues with his side’s display after the final whistle.
“We should win, we had many chances,” said Lampard.
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“We had a bad 10-minute spell where they scored and that I don’t like. I’m pleased with the character to get a draw but we should win the game.
“Against Bayern we conceded twice in a short space of time, it’s not the first time. Could it be a lack of concentration? Possibly from the players.”
Alonso’s double has taken the Spaniard’s total up to four goals for the season, three ahead of Olivier Giroud and just two behind Michy Batshuayi.
And Lampard was keen to emphasise how he needs greater returns from his attacking players with top scorer Tammy Abraham currently sidelined due to injury.
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“People talk about the defence but if you are 1-0 up and leave teams in the game than one set piece can change the game,” said Lampard.
“We should score more goals and then we don’t have that problem.
“We expected a fight and they gave us a difficult game but we should win the game, we had a lot of possession and chances.
“The character of the team was great, it wasn’t for the want of trying but we need more goals.
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“Marcos Alonso has had a big week but I don’t want my left-back top of the scoring charts. I want our attackers scoring goals and they haven’t.
“We wanted to win, we should have won but it’s a difficult league. It’s that cut throat part of the season. If we keep having games like this and we are not clinical it’s tough.
“The way the season has panned out, we should be pleased that we are fourth but it means nothing at this stage.
“If we manage to get in the top four the achievement is huge but we are a long way from that yet.”
The point moves Chelsea four clear of Manchester United, although the Red Devils have a chance to close the gap when they face Everton at Goodison Park on Sunday.
The Blues are now five points behind third-placed Leicester after the Foxes’ defeat to Norwich on Friday night.
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