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Football: Lampard nets 200th Chelsea goal

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Frank Lampard scored the 200th goal of his illustrious Chelsea career on Sunday as the England midfielder once again tormented his former club West Ham.

Lampard had been stuck on 199 goals for the last month but after four scoreless games he finally reached the landmark when he netted in the 19th minute of the London derby at Stamford Bridge.

The 34-year-old, fittingly named as Chelsea's captain on Sunday, was picked out by an Eden Hazard cross and took advantage of woeful West Ham marking to power a header past Jussi Jaaskelainen.

Lampard, who joined Chelsea from West Ham for £11 millon in June 2011, is now just two goals behind Bobby Tambling's all-time record for the west Londoners.

"It is one of my best days. 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'm pleased to get it," Lampard said.

"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."

Blues interim manager Rafael Benitez claimed he felt Lampard would reach the milestone against West Ham because he was timing his runs into the penalty area so well.

"We were expecting him to score today because the team were creating chances and he was at the end of the crosses," Benitez said.

"I'm happy he has scored 200 goals. It's a fantastic achievement for any player, especially someone like him.

"We are happy because the team is winning and he has broken a great record. Hopefully he can score more goals."

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