Frank Lampard underlined his value to Chelsea
with a well-taken double to secure a 2-1 comeback win at Everton, after
which Rafael Benitez gave his backing to the midfielder.
"He has shown his full commitment. He is a great player and my job is to keep
him fit and if he can score goals every game I will be really pleased," said
The subject of intense speculation about his future at Stamford Bridge,
Lampard reminded Chelsea's boardroom power-brokers of his class by scoring
either side of halftime to cancel out Steven Pienaar's powerful strike after
manager David Moyes insisted he was pleased with his team's performance,
saying Everton had "run the European champions really close but we didn't
quite have enough in the end."