Nathan Redmond prodded Southampton into a 2-0 lead in the second half
Chelsea manager Frank Lampard called on his players to show “personality” after they were condemned to consecutive home defeats for the first time since 2011 by an impressive Southampton.
Lampard’s side fell behind to Michael Obafemi’s superbly taken strike at Stamford Bridge and had fewer shots than in any game since he took charge during the summer.
The introduction of Mason Mount for defender Kurt Zouma at the break injected some energy but only a vital Fikayo Tomori intervention denied the away side a second.
And with 20 minutes remaining, a fine team move saw the ball break for Nathan Redmond and his simple finish from 10 yards wrapped up six points for Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side from festive away games at Aston Villa and the Blues.
It means Chelsea have now lost five of their last seven league games and three times in a calendar month for the first time since 2015.
“We control a lot of the ball but we do not do enough with the ball around the box,” Lampard told BBC Radio 5 Live.
“I think it’s been the story for us for a while, not just in recent times. We need to get better because we need a better home record.
“What we need to do, the players on the pitch, whoever they are need to make goals and score goals. It’s the hardest thing to do in football. It’s a challenge for all of us.”
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Hasenhuttl was suitably impressed and raced on to the pitch with his fists clenched on the final whistle after a result which moved his side up to 14th in the Premier League – three points above the drop zone.
Southampton – on 21 points – are six better off than they were at the same halfway stage last season. Lampard’s Chelsea are fourth in the Premier League but eight points worse off than they were under Maurizio Sarri after 19 games last term.
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