Chelsea’s Frank Lampard era begins with Bohemians bump in Dublin | Dominic Fifield

The formation was different in Frank Lampard’s first game in charge but the Chelsea legend will have to wait to taste victory For Frank Lampard, it all began with a rather nondescript draw played out under slate grey skies in the unlikely setting of Phibsborough in Dublin’s northside. Chelsea’s record goalscorer turned head coach had watched his new charges pegged back late on by Bohemians with a goal scored by a trialist on the pitch a matter of minutes. The locals delighted in a chorus of “You’re getting sacked in the morning”, which might even have prompted a wry smile from those in the visitors’ dug-out. These were modest surroundings in which to start his second coming, even if the reception granted Lampard as he conducted a post-match interview pitchside suggested the sense of elation accompanying his appointment has hardly been diminished by a failure to start with a win. The hosts ended with Evan Ferguson, a 14-year-old substitute, curling a vicious shot just wide of a post before Eric Molloy, who once worked part-time in a chocolate factory and is only recently returned from New Zealand, plucked parity, much to the delight of his mother up in the main stand. Continue reading...

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