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FULHAM 0 CHELSEA 1 Frank Lampard admits Chelsea have to keep winning after unconvincing win against Fulham

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Mason Mount of Chelsea celebrates after scoring their side's first goal during the Premier League match between Fulham and Chelsea. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Mason Mount of Chelsea celebrates after scoring their side's first goal during the Premier League match between Fulham and Chelsea. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Mason Mount of Chelsea celebrates after scoring their side's first goal during the Premier League match between Fulham and Chelsea. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Frank Lampard felt the pressure had been eased on his Chelsea side after they staggered to a 1-0 win against ten man Fulham at Craven Cottage.

Mason Mount scored the only goal as Lampard’s side’s edned a three-match winless run in the Premier League stretched back to before Christmas, as they capitalised on their numerical advantage when the 22-year-old drove past Alphonse Areola in the 78th minute.

The Cottagers had gone into the game unbeaten in their last five Premier League matches but were unable to hold onto a point, a challenge which was made much more difficult when wing-back Antonee Robinson was sent off for a diving tackle on Cesar Azpilicueta just before half-time.

The result moved Chelsea just one point behind Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham, while Fulham remain in the relegation zone.

"Of course it feels good to get a win, it has not been easy with the league form recently and you have to break the duck," said Lampard.

"Fulham made it difficult. We started the game well, controlled a lot of the ball, it is not easy against 10 men. We kept going and we got what we deserved .

"It is a pressure to move the ball, hit the sides, open it up, make them run and create chances. We were doing that. Just because of the current form it is a bit harder, the confidence is not quite there. But we found it so I'm really pleased.

"I trust the quality of the players. There was a feeling we would get a goal, because the pressure was constant. It was about staying patient with our passing and I think we did.

"Fulham have got good recent results. Tough to beat and dangerous in attack. The challenge against 10 men was different.

"You want to take advantage of the situation. A month ago we were flying high, then since then we've struggled. It's a challenge even a man down. We got the goal though and could have got more.

"Maybe we have been lacking in a bit of confidence. That's normal in football. But every team are having phases of form. Within that you get individuals short of form. We've got talent at the top end and it's my job to sort that out.

"Perfection is not an easy thing to get. I won't say I was blown away with the performance. There were lots of bits I was happy with, but we won't get too ahead of ourselves."

Fulham manager Scott Parker was satusfied with his side's efforts, even though they came up short in the final analysis.

"It was a but too much for us when we went down to ten men," said Parker. "I've not seen the sending off incident again. In real time I didn't see it. I want my players to play on the line - to be committed and aggressive. But if he's crossed it he needs to look at that.

"I thought defensively we were fantastic. You still want to be a bit of a counter-threat.

"In the second half, you're playing the clock a bit - we tried to hold on but it wasn't to be. But I've nothing but admiration for my team - they were superb to a man."

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