In a game he really needed to win, Frank Lampard made a slight tactical tweak in his starting lineup for Chelsea’s FA Cup victory against Luton Town which set up a fifth-round trip to Barnsley for the Blues.
Tammy Abraham netted a fine hat trick for the home side as they saw off the Championship outfit 3-1 at a snowy Stamford Bridge. In doing so, the striker became the first Blues player to net a treble in an FA Cup game since former midfielder Oscar managed he feat against MK Dons in 2016 and the first Enlgishman since Lampard himself achieved it in 2007 against Macclesfield.
The Blues manager was expected to go with a strong lineup as he tried to find some individual form for some of his stars who have been struggling over the past six weeks with five defeats in eight in the Premier League.
Timo Werner was handed a start, as was expected, against the Championship side having struggled to find the net in the top flight but he did score against Morecambe in the last round.
Lampard hasn’t started the German since his goal against the Shrimpers and had a glorious chance to get back on the goalscoring trail again but he spurned a late penalty with Chelsea 3-1 up, meaning he has scored just one goal in his last 16 games.
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Chelsea started sharp, their retention of the ball was much better and they were rewarded with the early goal from Abraham.
It was quick thinking from Hakim Ziyech, who took a throw in when Luton were not set. Timo Werner got to the byline and cut back for his strike partner, who flashed a clinical finish into the far corner.
Werner was playing just behind Abraham but was making plenty of runs into the channels, which drew defenders away from Abraham who was finding pockets of space.
Werner was everywhere, the Hatters defenders couldn’t handle the German’s pace of foot and pace of thought as well.