Wolves v Chelsea reaction

Midfielder Lampard accepts he was fortunate not to be sent off for

a sliding challenge on Wolves winger Adam Hammill mid-way through

the first half. The 33-year-old escaped with a yellow card from

referee Peter Walton – one of five bookings in an eight minute

spell – and then netted Chelsea’s winner with just two minutes

remaining. Lampard said: “My heart was in my mouth over that

challenge. I have to admit that. “There was no malice, and I

honestly mean that, but I was late and I might have been a bit

lucky to stay on the pitch. “I said straight away to Hammill that I

was very sorry. I was just a bit late on it. “I was trying to get

my foot in and I was maybe lucky but it wasn’t any conspiracy

between the ref and us. “There were a few things that could have

gone either way today. It was a full-blooded game and I just

apologised to the player because I was a bit late.” Chelsea’s

players made a point of celebrating with under-fire manager Andre

Villas-Boas after Ramires had netted their opening goal. Reports

emerged last month that Villas-Boas had ordered his side to include

the coaching staff in their goal celebrations but the Portuguese

said the reaction was more spontaneous than that. Villas-Boas said:

“It’s just part of them showing the unity of the team and what the

team have been doing. “I think after the recent happenings in the

home fixtures, where we lost points, it is normal for stories to

come out, speculation about untrue things going on. “I didn’t know

the celebration was coming. If you like to be speculative, that’s

your choice, but if you take that route, you’re not being correct.”

Villas-Boas appeared to send out mixed messages about his side’s

chances of winning the title, which he had had apparently conceded

after defeat to Aston Villa on New Year’s Eve. He said: “This team

is focused on getting the consistency in terms of getting the

results. “If we go on a winning streak of five or six games, which

we are capable of, we can be fighting for this league. “What

December proved is that the top teams can drop points. Maybe 90

points becomes a little bit unrealistic bearing in mind the

happenings at the top of the table. “It doesn’t mean we are still

in it because first, to still be in the race, we need to find the

consistency that we haven’t got yet.” Villas-Boas, meanwhile, is

not expecting a quick resolution in his bid to sign Bolton defender

Gary Cahill despite the two clubs agreeing a fee. “It’s an ongoing

process. I never thought it would be solved quickly,” he said of

the move. Wolves boss Mick McCarthy was incensed with his side’s

defending for the winning goal from after Stephen Ward had

equalised with six minutes remaining. He said: “I had a proper

snarl at the players because that defending was not acceptable. “It

was tough to take. I am livid we conceded a goal in that way. We

should have defended the situation. “We worked hard to turn things

around and when you get back to 1-1, you have to make sure you hold

onto what you have got.” McCarthy refused to point the finger at

Lampard after he had converted a cross from Ashley Cole. He said:

“Whether Frank was on the pitch is irrelevant if we had defended

properly. “Let everyone else decide that (whether he should have

been sent off). I’m not interested. “If Frank says he is lucky not

to be sent off, then bully for him.”