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Match-winner Lampard still in dark over future

ESPN staff
December 30, 2012
Frank Lampard was vital to Chelsea's win © PA Photos

Frank Lampard said his future is still unclear after his two goals helped Chelsea come from behind to win 2-1 at Everton.

Lampard, who is out of contract in the summer, showed the Blues just what they would be missing if they let him go with two sharp finishes.

Asked if he knew what the new year would hold, Lampard told Sky Sports: "Nope, I just hope for me personally playing in a winning team. I will keep trying to give my best as I've always done when here and will continue to do so.

"I know there's a lot of speculation and talk, but for me the enjoyable bit is the 90 minutes."

Everton took the lead early on through Steven Pienaar and hit the woodwork several times, only to come away with nothing.

Lampard admitted the visitors had found the going tough but claimed the win was just reward for their resolve.

He added: "It (the effort) was huge, especially after the sloppy start. The lads dug in, we held our own, rode our luck, but I think we made our own luck and I think we deserved to win it for that. To be able to contribute, get the goals, is great, but the team performance deserves most credit."

Chelsea boss Rafael Benitez was giving nothing away over Lampard's future.

"I am really pleased with the team, credit to Frank for the goals," the Spaniard said. "Frank is under contract, doing well, fully committed. My job is to keep him fit."

Everton boss David Moyes revealed he had apologised to referee Howard Webb after confronting him after the match.

"I apologised to him because I shouldn't have talked to him as I came off the pitch," he said.

The Scot added: "We gave Chelsea a good run for their money, albeit we're disappointed we didn't take something from the game."

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