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Chelsea: "We weren't ruthless enough" says Lampard after Blues held in Brighton

Alireza Jahanbakhsh's 83rd minute equaliser cancelled out César Azpilicueta's first half opener and Frank Lampard couldn't hide his frustration.

Chelsea weren't ruthless enough – Lampard bemoans frustrating Brighton draw

Frank Lampard criticised his Chelsea team for failing tohang on to their lead at Brighton and Hove Albion as Alireza Jahanbakhsh's wonderful late strike denied the visitors all three points on New Year's Day. Chelsea had taken an early lead through César Azpilicueta and then looked comfortable for the most part until they came under increasing pressure in the final 10 minutes.

Kepa beaten by Jahanbakhsh's acrobatic strike

Kepa Arrizabalaga was forced into impressive saves either side of a stunning overhead-kick from Jahanbakhsh. Chelsea also could have clinched the points in the closing minutes, yet Lampard did not believe they should have been in a position where the game was still in the balance.

"It was frustrating for different reasons," he told BT Sport. "In the first half, the game was there to be won. We weren't ruthless enough. We got the goal and we had the possession. But we just didn't kill the game off. We allowed them to stay in the game. In the end, it was a wonder goal. But we were lucky not to lose the game. In the end, the tactics matched up for both teams. But they were better than us. We have to take that on the chin."

Brighton's Alireza Jahanbakhsh superb overhead kick against Chelsea.

Jananbakhsh joy: "I've been waiting for this"

Jahanbakhsh had not appeared in the Premier League this season until last month and, despite joining Brighton in 2018, only scored his first goal for the club against Bournemouth on Saturday. A second strike in quick succession brought the Iranian winger further delight, as he reflected on "a very tough time".

"It's obviously a great feeling to be involved in such important games," Jahanbakhsh said. "I've been working hard to get my chance. I was finally there last game and tried to help the team and make an impact. It had been a long time that I didn't play, but I'm very happy to help the team and make the people happy. It's been a very tough time for me, but I'm very glad I've turned it around. It's been two great games, and I'm really happy to help the team to get points."