It was Abraham’s first senior goal for the club and he celebrated by running straight to Lampard. There was a second to come after the break, when his low drive beat goalkeeper Tim Krul and secured all three points.
“I loved the celebration,” said Lampard. “I spoke to him before the game and said that I felt that today was the day for him. It was a bit of kidology before the game, really, but I do trust in him and I know that as a striker, a young striker, you do need that support and I genuinely mean that.
“He’s had a tough little period for reasons we all know and strikers get judged purely on goals at times and sometimes that’s slightly unfair. I just defended and supported him on that as much as I can. On playing, hopefully, he’ll see my belief on him in terms of selection. From the fact he is playing. The fact I want to do extra finishing and shooting with him every day. The finish today for first one was top drawer. I’ve seen him sky a few of those in training, but you keep going and then you catch one and you score.”
On the influence of Lampard, Abraham added: “I didn't even know how to celebrate, so I just ran over to the management and the staff. It always gives confidence to me and the young boys when the coach believes in you."
Norwich City vs Chelsea Highlights
Start date 24. Aug 2019, 12:30
Referee Martin Atkinson, England
Location Norwich, England
Venue Carrow Road