Frank Lampard defends Giroud's goal for Chelsea against Palace despite Cahill's injury

Frank Lampard defends Giroud's goal for Chelsea against Palace despite Cahill's injury

- Frank Lampard has thrown his weight behind his Chelsea players

- The Blues claimed a slim win over Crystal Palace at the Selhurst Park this week

- Lampard's men took the lead in the sixth minute but the goal came on the back of Gary Cahill's hamstring injury

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Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has defended his side's decision to continue playing when their former player Gary Cahill went down due to a hamstring injury earlier in the game.

The incident led to Willian setting up Olivier Giroud just after six minutes of action at the Selhurst Park earlier this week.

Christian Pulisic and Tammy Abraham went ahead to score a goal each to power the Blues to a 3-2 victory despite Wilfried Zaha and Christian Benteke scoring one goal each.

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Cahill discontinued the game from that moment as he was replaced with Mamadou Sahko for the rest of the encounter.

The Blues legend said after the match: “No, they did the right thing to continue. I think any team would continue in that situation. Willian is through on goal. Not looking to stop or turn.

"If that is the situation then the game would stop-start all the time.

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"That is why we gave the referee the decision to make those calls. I think if it was a head injury, which you saw a couple of times in the game as well, then the referee blows and stops. For me not a problem at all.”

Chelsea displaced Leicester City on the third position having claimed 12 out of 15 points in their last five meetings to stay in the mix for a place in next season's Champions League.

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Lampard added: “We should have had the game under much more control. At 2-0 we should have finished it off and we had chances at 3-2.

"Kepa made a great save and Zouma a great tackle. It was nerve-wracking. But I’m pleased.”

After the game, the Palace boss said: “People react instinctively. When you find yourself in a position to take a good chance you carry on and take it.

Frank Lampard defends Giroud's goal for Chelsea despite Cahill's injury concerns
Frank Lampard defends Giroud's goal despite Cahill's injury problems - credit: Getty Images
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