Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 21 October 2020

'We cannot rely on just Tammy': Abraham needs support from fellow strikers warns Chelsea boss Frank Lampard

Isaac Hayden's dramatic stoppage time header snatched all three points for Steve Bruce's side despite Chelsea enjoying 70 per cent possession at St James' Park

Frank Lampard has warned his Chelsea players they cannot just rely on Tammy Abraham for goals after missing out on the chance to pull clear of the chasing pack in race for the top four after defeat at Newcastle United.

Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur both dropped points on Saturday, while Manchester United travel to runaway Premier League leaders Liverpool on Sunday.

Fourth-placed Chelsea had the opportunity to open a sizeable gap on the chasing pack at St James' Park, but Isaac Hayden's dramatic stoppage time header snatched all three points for Steve Bruce's side.

Chelsea missed several chances, especially in the second half, to break the deadlock, having controlled much of the match, enjoying 70 per cent possession.

Their leading scorer Abraham, who has scored 13 league goals this season, was guilty of some missed opportunities. However, his teammates offered little in terms of a threat in the final third, with only four of Chelsea's 19 shots at goal finding the target.

It has been the story of Chelsea's recent form - a run which has brought only four wins from their last 11 league games.

Abraham may have had an off day, but he was the only Chelsea forward at St James' to have a shot on target all match.

"We cannot rely on just Tammy," Lampard said. "We have to get goals across the frontline if we want to bridge the gap upwards.

"It did not quite come off for Tammy tonight, but that is football.

"We have so much talent in this team, but when we are controlling games, we have to score the goals, simple. It has been the story of our season."

Chelsea, despite starting the season having been unable to make any signings due to a transfer ban, surprised many with the start to the campaign their young side made, as they won six successive league games between September and early November.

The goals flowed throughout the side, but since defeat at Manchester City two months ago, they have looked much less potent.

Abraham is certainly not the same threat he was, but his fellow forwards' struggles need to be arrested to ensure their top-four spot does not slip.

Updated: January 19, 2020 08:56 AM

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