Chelsea boss Frank Lampard insisted he had no reason to complain at Tammy Abraham after the striker’s tough afternoon in front of goal against Newcastle.
Abraham came into Saturday’s clash boasting 13 Premier League goals but was unable to add to that tally at St James’ Park.
Indeed, Lampard’s men were left to rue missed chances when Magpies midfielder Isaac Hayden popped up with a 94th-minute winner.
Asked after the game whether he sympathised with Abraham, Lampard said: “No. Why would I sympathise with him?
“He’s living the dream. He’s playing for Chelsea. He’s number nine. I don’t sympathise with him at all, I want him just to push on.
“He’s got a great character, a great desire about him and I’m delighted with Tammy. I can’t complain one little bit.”
Elsewhere, Newcastle boss Steve Bruce hailed his side’s win as “smash and grab”.
The Magpies had to withstand a storm at St James’ Park before Hayden’s goal, the midfielder ending the game at right-wing back.
Bruce said: “Smash and grab – is that the right headline? The one thing that we’ve proven, especially here against the big teams, is that we’re difficult to beat and difficult to play against.
“Yes, it’s not great to watch, but when I see them with the effort and the endeavour and the way they stuck to the gameplan.
“To be fair, we’ve got to look after the ball better, we turned over the ball far too often today, which was painful, but their resilience and their attitude was there for everybody to see.
“They stuck at it and defended with their lives.”
Lampard also admitted that his side have problems scoring goals up front.
The Blues lost Saturday’s clash in a similar vein to defeats to West Ham and Bournemouth, dominating the game but being punished with a late goal.
Lampard said: “We know we have problems at the top end of the pitch in terms of we don’t get enough goals, we don’t get enough front line goals if we want to bridge the gap and that’s something that we’ve seen a lot this season in different games.”