Jody Morris has said that there was no ranting or raving from Frank Lampard to his Chelsea players in the aftermath of the 1-1 draw away to Brighton and Hove Albion on New Year’s Day.
The head coach described the result as two points dropped after Cesar Azpilicueta gave the Blues an early lead and they were unable to find a ruthlessness required to kill off a game that they had controlled.
Lampard was visibly annoyed afterwards but his assistant insisted the reaction in the dressing room did not boil over.
“The manager said a couple of things but it wasn’t ranting and raving, it was obviously at the end of it where we were a bit disappointed because we were so on top in the first half,” Morris said.
“We should have put the game to bed. We didn’t have a load of chances but we were certainly in areas that we should have punished them. We made wrong decisions and kind of let them back into the game.
“That was our own doing. I thought you’ve got to give Brighton credit, they’re a good team and we’ve been watching a lot of videos of them playing really well, but we felt we started really well and were on top. But for us to be a top, top team when we’re on top in games we’ve got to kill them with scoring goals and then even keeping mistakes to a minimum.
We turned the ball over far too many times towards the end of the first half and especially in the second half which in turn gave them a lot more opportunity to get their tails up and get the crowd involved.
“There’s got to be spells where we manage games a lot better. We were in the elad but at the same time if you don’t get an opportunity ot kill it with a second goal then make sure you’re not giving up easy opportunities by just turning over with unforced errors. Unfortunately there were too many of them in the second half.”
Morris, however, reiterated that it was not solely the fault of the club’s young players. Tammy Abraham was culpable for making a bad decision…