Frank Lampard says Chelsea must cut out ‘silly’ mistakes in games.
The Blues were on course for a comfortable 2-0 win at Hull in the FA Cup fourth round thanks to goals from Michy Batshuayi and Fikayo Tomori on Saturday.
However, they endured a nervy final 12 minutes when Kamil Grosicki pulled one back for the hosts with a deflected free-kick.
The Chelsea boss said: “It could’ve been smoother for us if we’d taken our chances.
“In the first-half, they were there to be taken and we were neither ruthless in front of goal nor ruthless in our general game to take the game away from Hull.
“To be fair to them, they gave us a really hard second-half.
“I know these games, I played in them, they’re never easy, no matter your standing in the Premier League compared to the Championship.
“If a team is full-blooded and gives everything like they did, they’re not easy. So there are certain little parts I’m happy with on those terms, but it’s a little bit of a sign of our season.
“We have periods of games where we create chances and don’t take them and then we become a bit nervous and we make silly mistakes. That’s something we really need to work on.”
Chelsea spurned chances to score a third goal and kill the game through Tomori and Pedro.
And Lampard admitted the latter stages of the tie at the KCOM Stadium were hard to watch.
He said: “If we’re really self-critical, in the first half we have to finish the game. We talked a lot. The last two league games have shown us that sloppy moments can change a game and it’s hard.
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“You talk all week, you work all week, you have to respect and hope the players take that out there.
“Today, there were moments when we didn’t. So the last 15 were hard, but we got through it, but this lesson is something I’m drumming and drumming and drumming and the players have to get it.
“You can’t play for Chelsea and get where we want to be if we’re going to make mistakes, so that’s what it is.”