Tammy Abraham‘s hat-trick sealed a 3-1 win against Luton in the FA Cup fourth round on Sunday, easing the pressure on under-fire Frank Lampard.
Abraham scored twice in the first half from a Timo Werner cut-back and heading in a second from Reece James‘ chip before Jordan Clark got one back for Luton after yet another blunder from Chelsea keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga.
Luton gave Lampard some nervous moments after that, before Abraham finally sent Chelsea through to a last 16 tie at second-tier Barnsley.
Lampard will know that Chelsea, who were FA Cup runners-up last season, are still a long way from the finished article.
One of his biggest headaches has been the poor form of Werner and there was more bad news for the Germany striker as he missed a late penalty.
It was a welcome victory for Lampard, who has come in for criticism over Chelsea’s Premier League position – they sit ninth in the table after five defeats in their past eight games.