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Frank Lampard Backs Chelsea Team-Mate John Terry After Red Card Against Tottenham Hotspur

Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard feels that criticism of Blues skipper John Terry in the wake of the defender's red card at Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday is a little harsh.

Terry's display was viewed as somewhat emotionally uncontrolled at White Hart Lane, as the centre-back committed a series of offences before finally receiving his second yellow card.

Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti later stated that he felt his captain had "lost control", but Lampard feels that Terry's attitude is first class.

"JT wants to win and he's a fantastic captain," the midfielder told reporters.

"For the first yellow I thought he got a slight touch on the ball but when he went into that second tackle, you knew the minute the tackle went in he was going to get sent off.

"When you're playing in such circumstances sometimes these things happen."

Lampard does acknowlege that Saturday's defeat has made it harder for the Blues to win the title, especially coming after Manchester United's dramatic win over neighbours Manchester City.

"What happened on Saturday was disappointing, especially with Manchester United's result," he added.

"When they scored in the last minute it was hard.

"If they had drawn the game it would have left us in a very healthy position but now it's tighter."

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