Wigan win as Spurs are shocked
Sun, 17 Mar 2013 19:10:00
Rafael Benitez admits Chelsea's win could have been even sweeter if they had scored more goals in Sunday's derby against West Ham but says it has been a 'positive' week.
Frank Lampard scored his 200th career goal for Chelsea to help them to a 2-0 victory over the Hammers at Stamford Bridge, with the impressive Eden Hazard grabbing their second.
The triumph came after they turned around their UEFA Europa League tie with Steaua Bucharest in midweek to advance to the quarter-finals and Benitez is pleased to see his side on the up.
He told Sky Sports: "It's a pity because it was a great win, a great result for us, a clean sheet, two goals, 200 goals for Lampard, but we could have maybe scored three or four goals and it would have been even better.
"West Ham are a difficult team to play against. Free-kicks and corners are always a problem. If they'd have scored one goal they would have been back in the game so we needed to score the third goal, kill the game, but we didn't do it.
"We're still very positive. The week was very positive for us and today the team was playing great football."
On Lampard reaching his milestone the manager added: "He's a great player. 200 goals for any player is a fantastic achievement. For a midfielder it's even better.
"He could have scored one or two more goals. I'm really pleased for the team, really pleased for him and for everyone here."
David Luiz was substituted for John Terry in the 78th minute with an apparent injury and Benitez says he does not yet know the severity of the damage.
"We don't know. We need to talk with the doctor because we don't know how serious the problem is," he said.
"We made the substitution just in case but we need to talk with the doctor."
Callum McManaman's horror tackle overshadowed a 90th-minute Arouna Kone winner as Roberto Martinez's relegation-threatened side picked up what could be a precious 2three points against Newcastle at the DW Stadium.
On his first Premier League start, the 21-year-old caused outrage with a reckless knee-high challenge on substitute Massadio Haidara.
McManaman wasn't booked by referee Mark Halsey, who sent off furious Newcastle assistant manager John Carver - who twice had to be restrained as he tried to confront McManaman at the end of the first half - and Wigan coach Graham Barrow in an unseemly fracas.
Jean Beausejour's first-half goal had been cancelled by Davide Santon with 18 minutes to go only for Kone to snatch a late winner.
At Stamford Bridge, meanwhile, Frank Lampard scored his 200th Chelsea goal as the Blues climbed to third courtesy of a 2-0 win over West Ham.
On his 595th Chelsea appearance, Lampard headed in an Eden Hazard cross after 19 minutes to move within two of Bobby Tambling's club scoring record of 202 goals.
Hazard added a second five minutes into the second half for the home side.
Chelsea moved above Tottenham, who suffered a shock 1-0 defeat to mid-table Fulham at White Hart Lane.
Dimitar Berbatov came back to haunt his former club with a 52nd-minute winner. Arsenal are now just four points behind their north London rivals with a game in hand.
Elsewhere, 10-man Norwich left Sunderland with a 1-1 draw.
Chris Hughton's men were 1-0 ahead at the Stadium of Light through Wes Hoolahan's close-range header when goalkeeper Mark Bunn was dismissed for handling outside his area.
It got worse for the visitors five minutes before the break when defender Sebastien Bassong conceded a penalty.
Craig Gardner levelled from the spot, but Sunderland struggled to create chances and had to settle for a point.