Sub Lampard demands more playing time after helping Blues end City's unbeaten run
After coming off the bench to score the winner against Manchester City, Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard admits he cannot understand the logic behind manager Andre Villas-Boas' decision to name him as a substitute.
Fighters: Chelsea's Frank Lampard celebrates his goal with Didier Drogba. Pics/AFP
Victory saw Chelsea move to within seven points of City who suffered their first defeat in 15 league games so far this season at Stamford Bridge here on Monday. City took the lead through Mario Balotelli, but could not hold on as they saw left-back Gael Clichy sent off and the home side take all the spoils through Lampard's 82nd-minute penalty after Raul Meireles brought the game level.
2nd minute: Mario Balotelli
Brilliant: Mario Balotelli goes past Petr Cech to give City the lead.
34th minute: Raul Meireles
Fight back: Chelsea's Raul Meireles (left) latches on to a Daniel Sturridge cross.
"I want to play, simple as that," Lampard told BBC Sport. "I'm as fit as I've ever been. I've been in a good run of form and now I've not been playing. I haven't spoken (to Villas-Boas) so I don't know (why), simple as that."
58th min: Clichy sent off
Misery: Gael Clichy fouls Ramires and gets a second yellow.
82nd minute: Frank Lampard
Winner: Frank Lampard converts a penalty awarded for a Joleon Lescott handball.
The 33-year-old has started just 16 of Chelsea's 24 games this season, with the win over City his second successive time he was named on the bench, and he insists he just wants to be able to play consistently.
He added: "I want to play. If I didn't, there wouldn't be any point turning up, so maybe there's a bit of frustration because of that. I just want to play and I like to play well. I'm always at my best when I'm playing regularly. I know I've got a lot to give.
"I just want to be on the pitch and let the football do the talking."