Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Lampard: Arsenal Fans Got What They Deserved for Abusing Ashley; Blue Is the Colour Chelsea Prove They Are Current Kings of the Capital as Drogba Double Keeps Them Top and Silences Taunts Aimed at Old-Boy Cole

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Lampard: Arsenal Fans Got What They Deserved for Abusing Ashley; Blue Is the Colour Chelsea Prove They Are Current Kings of the Capital as Drogba Double Keeps Them Top and Silences Taunts Aimed at Old-Boy Cole

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Byline: Simon Johnson Football Correspondent

FRANK LAMPARD today criticised Arsenal's fans for their constant abuse of Ashley Cole during Chelsea's 3-0 win at Emirates Stadium.

Gunners supporters have never forgiven Cole for moving to Stamford Bridge in 2006 in a deal that took William Gallas in the opposite direction. The England left-back has now played for Chelsea three times at Emirates Stadium and yet the level of vitriol he has to endure shows no sign of reducing.

The hatred stems from a belief that Cole, a schoolboy at Arsenal, only moved for money after he turned down what he believed to be an inadequate [pounds sterling]5,000-per-week pay rise to stay with the Gunners.

But Lampard says Arsenal fans contributed to their own team's downfall by jeering Cole from the start and said: "I don't think booing ever works. I don't know when people will learn that it's not the way to do it.

"I think the best thing is to stay quiet, watch the game and cheer on your own team. Putting all your efforts into just getting someone psyched up to do a good job against your team is obviously the wrong way to go about it." 'I don't booing works. know people learn not the to do Frank Cole answered the boo-boys by setting up Chelsea's first two goals with superb crosses -- the first turned in by the excellent Didier Drogba and the second an own goal by Thomas Vermaelen -- and also helped ensure Arsenal provided little attacking threat at the other end with a solid defensive display.

Having been heavily barracked by both West Ham and England fans in the past, Lampard knows more than most how abuse can often inspire the target to a higher level of performance.

He added: "Ash is very experienced with dealing with it -- he's had it a few times now and it obviously spurs him on to put in displays like he did."

Drogba completed yesterday's rout just before full-time with a second goal, this time from a superb free-kick, and later insisted that Chelsea's victory proved they are mentally and physically stronger than anyone else.

The win helped the Blues to extend the lead in the table over their London rivals to 11 points and re-established a five-point gap between themselves and second-placed Manchester United. …

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