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Thursday 22 February 2018

Hammers face rap after hail of coins greets Lampard's landmark

Kevin Garside

FRANK LAMPARD'S 200th goal for Chelsea was marred by controversy after West Ham fans showered him with coins during his celebrations at Stamford Bridge.

Lampard scored in the 19th minute to set Chelsea on their way to a 2-0 victory over his former club.

The Hammers supporters had already targeted Chelsea substitute John Terry, who was warming up provocatively towards the old Shed End and had passed on a number of coins to stewards.

When Lampard (above) opened the scoring with a header he immediately sought out his team-mate on the touchline. The resulting tumult enraged the away fans, who let go a hail of minted missiles.

Neither Lampard nor the team managers made much of the incident, preferring to focus on the scale of Lampard's achievement, which leaves him only two behind Chelsea's record scorer Bobby Tambling.


Of his day, Lampard said: "It is one of my best. Obviously, winning the Champions League and championships are the best, but personally getting 200 goals for the club... I never thought I would touch that, so I am pleased to get it.

"Everyone keeps talking about the goalscoring record, I would rather people kept quiet. The important thing is trying to score goals to win games.

"We are in good form and everyone is at it. There is a good feeling around the place and we need to carry it on until the end of the season."

There were no evictions or arrests made, but the police are investing the incident and West Ham said that any fans identified faced a ban from Upton Park.

Chelsea interim coach Rafa Benitez said: "When you score 200 goals, you don't think about where you go. You celebrate.

"Afterwards, he realised it would be better to be in another part (of the ground).

"I don't think he was hit (by a missile)."

Benitez hailed Lampard as a fantastic player, saying: "This is a great achievement. You can see him working hard in training all the time.

"We have a lot of games to play, so, hopefully, he will score more and break the record." (© Independent News Service)

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