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Frank Lampard ended a run of 10 Barclays Premier League games without a goal as he struck twice in Chelsea's 3-0 win over West Ham. The former Upton Park hero thundered in a 21st-minute penalty to open the scoring for Jose Mourinho's side, with his second goal coming eight minutes before full-time and marking his fifth in his last five appearances against his old club.
Those two strikes sandwiched Oscar's 34th-minute effort as Chelsea claimed their first Barclays Premier League win in three matches.
Lampard's penalty came after Guy Demel's mistake let in Oscar, who was brought down by goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen. Oscar then made it 2-0 with a low effort from the edge of the box.
Lampard doubled his tally late on, converting from the edge of the box after Jaaskelainen had parried Eden Hazard's shot, leaving West Ham without a win in five league matches.
Both sides made one change from their previous outings a fortnight ago, Joey O'Brien replacing the injured Razvan Rat for the hosts, while John Obi Mikel came in for Willian in the Chelsea midfield.
After a scrappy start to the game, the visitors were gifted the lead midway through the half. Under no pressure, Demel's weak backpass of his thigh towards Jaaskelainen was seized upon by Oscar, who went to ground under the goalkeeper's sliding challenge, referee Chris Foy showing no hesitation in pointing to the spot. Lampard stepped up and smashed the kick high into the roof of the net to end his longest run without a league goal for Chelsea.
Thirteen minutes later Oscar tormented the hosts again, the Brazilian picking up Eden Hazard's clever flick before driving forward and rolling the ball into the bottom left corner from 20 yards.
Jaaskelainen produced a fine save to deny Samuel Eto'o three minutes before the break, flying high to his left to parry the Cameroon forward's curling shot behind.
Chelsea started the second half strongly, Gary Cahill seeing his header cleared off the line by Mark Noble in the 52nd minute before Oscar turned Cesar Azpilicueta's cross wide four minutes later.
The hosts ought to have reduced the deficit in the 64th minute when substitute Mohamed Diame jinked past three defenders on the byline before his deflected cross ran to fellow replacement Modibo Maiga, who turned the ball a foot wide of a post from six yards.
As the game entered its final 10 minutes, Hazard tested Jasskelainen from an angle and the rebound fell perfectly to Lampard who made no mistake with a first-time strike.
Demba Ba saw an injury-time goal chalked off for offside but the points were in the bag for Chelsea, who move up to third, while West Ham are just one place above the relegation zone.
West Ham manager Sam Allardyce: "If you make the sort of mistakes that we made against a team like Chelsea, then we can only expect to lose. We made too many big mistakes and gifted them the first goal.
"We had a golden chance to get back into the game at 2-0. Not many golden chances are coming our way at the moment and that has to go in the back of the net if we are going to get back into the game.
"If that had gone in, it might have lifted the crowd and we might have got something out of the game, but for us it was a disappointing afternoon."
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho: "Our second half against Tottenham was also brilliant, but today was a 90-minute performance. We looked very solid from the first minute.
"The points are important, and the way we played. We are right in there, we are not leaders, but we are right behind.
"For me, everybody did a fantastic job for me. The team was really good."
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