Frank Lampard breaks Chelsea goalscoring record in dramatic fashion at Villa Park
Frank Lampard paid tribute to the man he replaced as Chelsea record goalscorer, before dedicating the landmark to his late mother.
Lampard's pursuit of Bobby Tambling's mark of 202 goals for the Blues has provided a fascinating sub-plot throughout the season and he crossed the line in dramatic circumstances in the 2-1 win at Aston Villa.
The England midfielder first equalised Christian Benteke's opener and then sealed victory with a close-range finish in the 88th minute.
The brace secured the points, all but assured Champions League football next year and also ensured Lampard's name would go down in Chelsea history.
But the veteran, mobbed by appreciative team-mates after both strikes, was gracious after the match - singling out both his mother Pat, who died in 2008, and Tambling for special mentions as well as lauding the Chelsea faithful.
He said: "It means everything to me. It's amazing, the support I've had from team-mates, and you could see that at the end.
"I'm thankful to each one of them as they are the ones that put it on a plate for me sometimes, and the fans have been willing me to do it for a long time and are probably frustrated alongside me not getting there.
"But I'm just delighted the way the fans were at the end. That is what means everything to me.
"Bobby Tambling is a great man, he hasn't been well recently but he's a great man and I didn't want to overcook the celebration out of respect for him. To go and break it, I was delighted and very pleased to do it today.
"I've been here a long time. I lost my mum a few years ago and she was my biggest support."
Chelsea's interim boss Rafael Benitez paid tribute to Lampard following his record breaking day.
The Spaniard said: "I think it's great news for everyone. He's a great player who has been working hard and to achieve what he has achieved is amazing.
"He is a great professional. I'm really pleased for him and really pleased for the team because he scored two goals and won the game."