BY PAUL LAGAN
Tammy Abraham will retain his striking spot for the Boxing Day clash at Arsenal after getting a brace against West Ham United on Monday night.
The Camberwell-raised striker, who went to Pimlico Academy, was restored to the starting line-up by head coach Frank Lampard after two crushing defeats.
France World Cup winner Olivier Giroud was dumped on to the bench, allowing Abraham, 23, to show his goalscoring prowess.
The hitman nabbed his brace in the space of two second-half minutes to propel the west Londoners back into title contention.
They sit fifth in the Premier League, six points behind leaders Liverpool.
Abraham said: “It was the perfect night to repay the faith of the gaffer. My job is to help the team score goals by getting in the right areas, and that’s what I did for my two goals.
“They were poacher’s goals, something you do in the park. It’s just about getting in the box, getting in the right areas and being ready for when the ball lands at your feet.
“Whether it was a cross or shot from Timo [Werner], it was about me anticipating, getting ready for rebounds and deflections. Luckily I was in the right place.
“As a striker, scoring goals gives you confidence.
“I have to give credit to my team-mates. To beat West Ham 3-0 is a massive result.”
Following defeats at Everton and Wolves, the Blues were in need of a win to restore confidence and keep on the coattails of the top four.
“The boys said before the game we needed a performance and that was what we did,” said Abraham.
“They were in the game until my first goal. West Ham are a great side and have been great this year, so we had to stay patient for the second goal.
“I don’t think the losses knocked our confidence that much. We know we’re a good side, we just lost concentration for two games, but we’ve brought it back and hopefully we can kick on.
“Some days you have bad days, but if you get the win that is what makes a top side. We had to grind this win, and find a way to beat them.”
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