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Oct 6, 2019 at 2pm UK at ​St Mary's Stadium
Southampton
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Chelsea
Ings (30')
FT(HT: 1-3)
Abraham (17'), Mount (24'), Kante (40'), Batshuayi (89')

Portsmouth-born Mason Mount delighted to score at Southampton

Portsmouth-born Mason Mount delighted to score at Southampton
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The Blues go into the international break on the back of four successive wins in all competitions.

Mason Mount was delighted to score at Southampton and help Chelsea go into the latest international break with momentum after they claimed another three points on Sunday.

The midfielder, who was born in Portsmouth, grabbed the second goal for the Blues in a 4-1 win and enjoyed celebrating in front of the home supporters at St Mary's.

It was the England international's fourth strike of the campaign and helped Frank Lampard's team make it three wins in eight days before a break in the Premier League schedule.

After losing 2-1 to Liverpool at Stamford Bridge on September 22, Chelsea have now secured back-to-back top-flight wins for the first time since April, with three first-half goals against the Saints putting them on their way to south coast success.

"I was born not too far away. Maybe that is why I get that extra special feeling, scoring here and the times I've played here I have won, so it's been a good place for me, but the main focus was winning and we did that," Mount told Chelsea TV.

"Obviously it's brilliant to get two league wins going into the international break and hopefully we can keep this going."

On his ankle, which was strapped up post-match, Mount added: "It's just precautionary, trying to keep the swelling down. You always get a bit of swelling when you've had an injury, but I'm fine and having four boys going (to England duty), we're looking forward to it and buzzing."

Lampard echoed Mount's sentiments about finishing strongly before his players left Cobham to link up with their national teams.

Tammy Abraham celebrated his England recall with the opener in the 17th minute, poking over Angus Gunn and getting enough on the ball for it to cross the line before Southampton defender Maya Yoshida could clear.

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard confirmed Tammy Abraham (right) was
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard confirmed Tammy Abraham (right) was "fine" despite taking a blow to the back of his knee at St Mary's (John Walton/PA).

It was his ninth goal of the season and the former Aston Villa loanee, who is joint-top of the Premier League scoring charts with Sergio Aguero, continues to justify the faith of his manager despite competition in the form of Olivier Giroud and Michy Batshuayi.

"When people are in good form, you talk about things happening for them and for me that is down to how Tammy has handled himself all season from the early moments of pre-season and when people were questioning him in different ways," Lampard said.

"I trusted Tammy at the start of the season and I felt it was his time to come back to Chelsea.

"I know people will talk about the circumstances (transfer fan), but he also has Oli Giroud as a World Cup winner and Batshuayi – a top class Premier League striker in my opinion – is there.

"Tammy has made the place his own in the short-term, but he has to keep going because competition is key. Over the course of the season we will need everyone. He deserves this great week and deserves this start to the season, but I'll keep on him because I want more."

Callum Hudson-Odoi created Abraham's opener in his first league start since April after an Achilles injury. The 18-year-old has only played four games this term, but has provided an assist or scored in every fixture.

Lampard added: "I thought Callum did well, it was a great assist for Tammy's goal and a great ball. His work rate was good.

"He will get better because he has had a serious injury. Fitness has been a bit of an issue and looking after him, but now he is showing he is getting towards match fitness."

Southampton have now lost three of their last four games, with their only victory in that run being a 4-0 Carabao Cup win over Portsmouth. Danny Ings pulled one back for the hosts in the 30th minute, but N'Golo Kante and Batshuayi added further goals for the visitors.

Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl said: "When you don't take points or get wins, you struggle a little bit and the belief starts to go down.

"It is not enough to win in the cup against a League One team (Portsmouth), the Premier League is different. We are not quick enough in our mind or disciplined enough in situations and then against strong teams, you don't have any chance."

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