Chelsea End Losing Run Under Lampard With Win At Bournemouth  (Sky Sports)

AFC Bournemouth 1 Chelsea 3

Conor GallagherChelsea won for the first time since March 11 and picked up their first points under interim boss Frank Lampard by beating Bournemouth 3-1 at the Vitality Stadium.

After a run of six consecutive defeats since Lampard took charge at the beginning of April, Chelsea came into the fixture in danger of equalling an unwanted club record of seven straight losses in all competitions, but Conor Gallagher's early header (9) and late strikes from Benoit Badiashile (82) and Joao Felix (86) ensured they left the south coast with a morale-boosting victory.

Bournemouth responded well to Gallagher's opener and had equalised when Matias Vita's superb strike beat Kepa Arrizabalaga and found the top corner (21), but the hosts had no answer to Badiashile's effort and their first defeat in three games was confirmed when substitute Felix scored Chelsea's third.

The result ended Lampard's personal 10-match losing run in his 100th game in Premier League management and sees Chelsea end the day 11th in the table, three points and three places above Bournemouth, who drop to 14th.

Player ratings

Bournemouth: Neto (6), Smith (6), Senesi (6), Kelly (6), Vina (7), Rothwell (6), Lerma (6), Ouattara (6), Billing (6), Christie (7), Solanke (6).

Subs: Cook (6), Anthony (n/a), Semenyo (n/a), Brooks (n/a).

Chelsea: Arrizabalaga (7), Chalobah (6), Silva (6), Badiashile (7), Chilwell (6), Kante (7), Fernandez (6), Gallagher (7), Madueke (7), Havertz (6), Mudryk (6).

Subs: Loftus-Cheek (6), Sterling (6), Azpilicueta (6), Ziyech (7), Felix (7).

Player of the match: Conor Gallagher.

How Chelsea secured overdue win on south coast

Former Chelsea and England midfielder Lampard opted for five changes following Tuesday's tame 3-1 defeat at Arsenal, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Raheem Sterling among those dropped, while Bournemouth were unchanged from the 4-1 thrashing of Leeds.

Gary O'Neil's in-form hosts began brighter but after Jefferson Lerma, who scored twice last weekend, curled narrowly wide, Chelsea snatched a ninth-minute lead.

Trevoh Chalobah's pass afforded N'Golo Kante time and space to deliver an inviting cross from the right wing and recalled midfielder Gallagher beat Adam Smith to the ball to divert a simple, close-range header beyond goalkeeper Neto.

Chelsea supporters responded to the early breakthrough with self-deprecating chants about avoiding relegation and "we've scored a goal" after seeing their side net for only the third time in nine outings. Yet they were not ahead for long.

Uruguay left-back Vina claimed the 21st-minute equaliser, delightfully curling home via the right post from just inside the Blues' 18-yard box following slick interplay involving Ryan Christie and Dominic Solanke.

While Chelsea have endured a torrid season under their American owners, Bournemouth have gone from strength to strength since Texas businessman Bill Foley completed his takeover in December.

O'Neil's men, who won six of their previous nine fixtures to banish relegation fears, remained relatively comfortable for the rest of the half, with Chelsea short of ideas and looking toothless in attack.

The away team continued to monopolise the ball following the restart but the lack of creativity persisted. At the other end, Badiashile turned behind Dango Ouattara's dangerous low cross while lively winger Christie rippled the side-netting.

Lampard, who suffered league and Carabao Cup defeats on this ground with Everton earlier this season, then saw his side survive a VAR check for a possible penalty when Thiago Silva slid in on Solanke before Vina was denied a second when his shot was pushed wide by Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Ouattara should have given Bournemouth the lead 11 minutes from time when he somehow nodded over unmarked after Lerma headed a Lewis Cook corner back across goal. That miss proved pivotal as Chelsea grabbed the three points with quick-fire goals in the closing stages.

Former Monaco defender Badiashile restored the Blues' advantage in the 82nd minute, connecting with Hakim Ziyech's searching free-kick into the box to volley beyond Neto and claim his first goal for the club.

Belated joy for Lampard was secured four minutes later as Felix put the result beyond doubt with a first-time finish after fellow substitute Sterling burst into the box and slipped the ball to his right.

What's next?

Bournemouth travel to Crystal Palace next Saturday (kick-off 3pm) before hosting Manchester United on May 20 (kick-off 3pm).

The Cherries then make the trip to relegation-threatened Everton on the final day of the season (kick-off 4.30pm).

Up next for Chelsea is a home game against strugglers Nottingham Forest next Saturday (kick-off 3pm).

The Blues then travel to Manchester City on May 21 (kick-off 4pm) and Manchester United on May 25 (kick-off 8pm, live on Sky Sports) before hosting Newcastle on the final day (kick-off 4.30pm).

Bournemouth's remaining fixtures

May 13: Crystal Palace (A) - Premier League, kick-off 3pm

May 20: Manchester United (H) - Premier League, kick-off 3pm

May 28: Everton (A) - Premier League, kick-off 4.30pm

Chelsea's remaining fixtures

May 13: Nottingham Forest (H) - Premier League, kick-off 3pm

May 21: Manchester City (A) - Premier League, kick-off 4pm

May 25: Manchester United (A) - Premier League, kick-off 8pm, live on Sky Sports

May 28: Newcastle (H) - Premier League, kick-off 4.30pm


AFC Bournemouth Neto, Smith, Senesi, Kelly, Vina, Rothwell (Cook 59), Lerma, Ouattara, Billing (Anthony 83), Christie (Semenyo 84), Solanke (Brooks 90)
Subs Not Used Travers, Stephens, Mepham, Stacey, Zabarnyi
Booked Senesi
Goals Vina 21

Chelsea Kepa, Badiashile, Chalobah, Silva (c), Chilwell (Azpilicueta 75), Kante (Loftus-Cheek 63), Fernandez, Gallagher, Madueke (Ziyech 76), Havertz (Felix 84), Mudryk (Sterling 63)
Subs Not Used Mendy, Kovacic, Pulisic, Hall
Booked Mudryk, Kante, Badiashile
Goals Gallagher 9, Badiashile 82, Felix 86

Attendance 10,357

Referee John Brooks

VAR David Coote