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Frank Lampard became Chelsea's outright record goalscorer by scoring twice as the Blues came from behind to secure a 2-1 win away to Aston Villa in the Premier League on Saturday.
England international Lampard struck in the 61st minute at Villa Park when he collected a pass from Eden Hazard, and let fly from some 15 yards to equal former Chelsea striker Bobby Tambling's club record of 202 goals
His goal drew the visitors level at 1-1 after both sides had had a man sent-off in Ramires (Chelsea) and Christian Benteke, who opened the scoring for Villa.
Lampard then added a second two minutes from time when he played a one-two with Hazard before side-footing in his 203rd goal for Chelsea to spark a minor pitch invasion by some elated Blues fans.
Victory left third-placed Chelsea five points clear of Arsenal and six clear of Tottenham Hotspur and virtually ensured of prevailing in the battle between the London trio for a place in next season's Champions League.
It means everything, it's amazing," Lampard told Sky Sports.
"The support I've had from team-mates, you saw that at the end and I'm thankful to every one of them because they're the ones that put it on a plate for me sometimes.
"And the fans, they've been with me for a long time and were probably frustrated alongside me not getting there so I'm just delighted."
"Bobby Tambling is a great man, he's not been well lately but he's a great man.
"I was pleased to level it but I didn't want to overcook that celebration out of respect for him. But to then go and break it, I was delighted.
"I've been here a long time, I lost my mum a few years ago and she was my biggest supporter so it's for her."
Lampard said Saturday's match had been one of his most memorable Chelsea games, if not quite in the same class as last season's Champions League final win in Munich.
"It's right up there," he said. "Not much beats Munich because that was amazing for the team and the club but personally it's another great day."
Chelsea interim manager Rafael Benitez added: "It is a fantastic achievement for him. To score the amount of goals he has done is amazing."
Lampard's goal-scoring feat is all the more impressive as he is a midfielder rather than a striker.
The 34-year-old Lampard scored his first goal for Chelsea in 2001, having joined the club that year from London rivals West Ham.
Yet despite his continuing good form, for months now Lampard has been the subject of rumours that he will be transferred at the end of the season -- although that may all change if Jose Mourinho, a returns for a second spell as Chelsea manager.
But whoever is in charge at Stamford Bridge, Lampard made it clear he did not wish to leave the west London side.
"I'm hoping that I'll be here and at the end of the season we'll get a decision on that," Lampard said.