Published: Sun, November 10, 2019
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Danny Murphy highlights surprise Chelsea star for praise after Crystal Palace win

Danny Murphy highlights surprise Chelsea star for praise after Crystal Palace win

"It was a really good individual performance from Reece because Zaha is a big threat on the flanks and one-on-one", Lampard said.

"Every game in the Premier League is hard, particularly against a team as organised as Palace", said Lampard.

Chelsea comes into this one on the heels of a remarkable Champions League game at Stamford Bridge where it trailed Ajax 4-1 and somehow came back to make it an incredible eight-goal draw. "We all believe in our style of play and we're enjoying it, so I think it's not a surprise".

"I had some issues with my hip before and now in the game I started to feel it a bit. but hopefully I'm going to get it checked out and it's going to be OK".

Reaching double figures puts him level with Jamie Vardy in the Golden Boot race and he is the first Englishman to reach 10 goals in a league season for Chelsea since Lampard in 2012-13. He broke the deadlock soon after.

£57 million signing Cristian Pulisic looked razor-sharp all game and Captain America would seal the win for the Blues with a close-range header, the youngster's fifth goal in his last three Premier League outings.

Mateo Kovacic was involved in the build-up when Chelsea went ahead, but it was Willian's classy touch that put Abraham through.

He is also the second youngest player to score 10 Premier League goals for Chelsea after Arjen Robben and, having been given the confidence of the Blues' coaching staff, he is proving to be better than numerous big-name and expensive No.9s the club have had in recent years. The 21-year-old has been one of Chelsea's best players in recent weeks and he can now boast a fantastic five goals and five assists since joining from Borussia Dortmund.

The win was Chelsea's sixth in a row in the Premier League and marked their third clean sheet of the season.

Lampard, who spent 13 years at Chelsea as a player from 2001-2014 before returning as manager this summer, is proud of the way the players have been able to settle into first team football so quickly.

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