Frank Lampard comments on 'strange and special' day

Lampard came off the bench to score against former club Chelsea in Manchester City's 1-1 draw with the league leaders.

Manchester City midfielder Frank Lampard said it was a strange but special day as he came off the bench to score the equaliser against his former club Chelsea on his home debut.

Chelsea let Lampard leave the club on a free transfer in the summer, and went ahead after City were reduced to 10 men, only for Lampard's late strike to deny the visitors a repeat of last season's result.

He's quoted in the Manchester Evening News, saying: "For me to go on there, try and do my job, and get that reaction from my old club, was amazing. But the reaction from the home fans as well means I have come away in a bit of a whirlwind from it all. It was a strange but pretty special day.

“There are games coming up and if I can score and help the team then there will be a bit more excitement on my face, but having been there for 13 years and getting the reception I got throughout those years and when I came on from Chelsea’s fans, I wasn’t going to react any other way.

“But the City fans were nice when I was warming up. When I can reflect on this I don’t know if I can say it was a good day because nobody lost, but we fight on now in a very good Premier League.

“The people at Chelsea, I still talk to a lot of them now. They are unbelievable and it is a very homely club. At Man City I have found it exactly the same. I’m very fortunate.”

It was clear from his lack of goal celebration of the affection he has at Chelsea given that he spent 13 years at the club, and was part of their most successful era - but Lampard evidently sees similarities with the two clubs.

Some would say it was scripted that Lampard had to get a decisive goal in the game, the question is how could be in the context of this season come May?

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