Frank Lampard showed his frustration at the club’s lack of transfer activity after Chelsea edged out Hull City in a 2-1 victory in the FA Cup fourth round.
After last weekend’s last-gasp loss at Newcastle was compounded by a late Arsenal leveller on Tuesday, Lampard’s Blues avoided a frustrating week getting any worse at the Sky Bet Championship play-off hopefuls.
Hull looked bright at times in front of their first sell-out crowd since dropping out of the Premier League in 2017, but Chelsea ran out victors as Michy Batshuayi’s deflected opener and a Tomori header proved enough despite Kamil Grosicki’s late goal from a free-kick.
“The good news is we are in the hat, the bad news is that it is a small example of our season,” Lampard told BT Sport.
“We had the game in our grasp and we play in nice patterns to finish them. But when they don’t come off you need to keep trying them. When we play well we are a good team but we don’t finish the game. We caused our own problems.
“It is a hard one. We work hard in front of goal and it is not coming off for us. It is going to define you. I feel like a broken record. We have the larger share of possession and shots on goal but not making those count.
“There is more goals to be had and control of the game. You can’t bemoan your luck, such as a deflection with the Hull goal. It is frustrating. We are making mistakes and allowing them to run two on tow in the last few minutes.
“This is us. There are some players resting or injured back at the training ground. But this is the constant message from me. If we can’t accept these examples in front us. Newcastle was the same. Arsenal was the same. The message is clear.
“There is no movement to speak of now. We got a punishment in the summer and it is meant to hurt you. We lost one of the biggest players in our history in Eden Hazard. That is the situation.
“My job is to work every day on the training ground to make the players better. We lost ground last summer and we need to make moves now to take us forward.
“The money of it is not my job but I have to be honest and truthful. Short term recruitment is something we have to get right.”