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Chelsea’s Lampard: ‘We were lucky not to lose,’ squashes Zaha gossip

Frank Lampards on Chelsea draw and Zaha links

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard during the Premier League match at the AMEX Stadium, Brighton. (Photo by Gareth Fuller/PA Images via Getty Images)

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Chelsea manager Frank Lampard isn’t taking any comfort from the quality of Brighton’s Wednesday equalizer.

The Blues allowed a late overhead kick goal from Alireza Jahanbakhsh to start 2020 off with a 1-1 draw at the Amex Stadium.

That nullified Cesar Azpilicueta’s 10th minute goal, the only “big chance” created by the Blues all day.

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“We weren’t ruthless enough,” Lampard said. “We got the goal and we had the possession. But we just didn’t kill the game off. We allowed them to stay in the game. In the end it was a wonder goal but we were lucky not to lose the game.”

The loss fails to build on a 2-1 comeback win over Arsenal and means Chelsea still hasn’t won consecutive matches since late October defeats of Ajax and Burnley.

Lampard says the Blues threw away two points due to sloppiness.

“You have to deal with it in games, it’s part of the process,” he said, via Football.London. “You can accuse for a lack of fight and urgency but today was a lack of quality on the ball. We just decided to not keep doing the simple things, not taking opportunities to score.”

The manager also laughed off links to Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha, saying. “I won’t talk about him because he’s not in our plans.” He claims Chelsea will do its transfer work behind closed doors.