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Ian Wright reacts to Timo Werner's miss and sends advice to Chelsea striker

Ian Wright says he hopes Timo Werner manages to find his scoring boots again after the striker’s late miss in Chelsea’s 1-0 win over Fulham and has urged the striker to ensure he’s consistently hitting the back of the net in training so the ‘muscle memory’ is there on matchdays.

Werner had a strong start to life at Chelsea following his high-profile £47.5million move from Leipzig in the summer, scoring eight goals in his opening 12 games, but the 24-year-old has fired in a blank in his last ten Premier League matches and was named on the substitutes bench at Craven Cottage this weekend.

Mason Mount fired the Blues in front with a driven long-range strike in the 78th minute and Werner had a golden chance to double the visitors’ lead at the death after replacing Olivier Giroud.

But Werner’s frustrations continued as he once again missed the target and Match of the Day pundit Wright insisted the German ‘literally got everything right’ before his wayward finish.

‘I was willing him to score this because he looks like one of those strikers that once he gets going, he really does,’ the legendary ex-Arsenal and England forward said.

‘He does literally everything right here but when he gets to the end, it’s almost behind him a little bit.

‘It’s almost like in golf, he’s blocked it. The ball needs to be a little more in front of him so he can get that whip on it and unfortunately, up until that point, he had done everything right.

‘It’s just unfortunate that he got too much on it and it went wide but hopefully he’ll keep going and he’ll get his goals.’

Asked what he used to do during bad spells in front of goal, Wright replied: ‘I just kept trying to score in training because if you do that, then the muscle memory will be there in the game.

‘Obviously the crowd come in and you do get a few nerves… but I didn’t really! [laughs]’

Speaking after Chelsea’s victory, Frank Lampard said he was confident Werner would soon improve in front of goal.

‘I don’t know, I think it’s normal, I think if you don’t score as regularly as you want, he scored last week in the FA Cup,’ the Chelsea head coach told Sky Sports.

‘But those are goals I’ve seen him score many a time. His bread and butter is going through like that and scoring and it happens.

‘He has to just keep working, it’s the only way out of it.

‘We’ve all been there if you’re a goalscorer or a striker, everyone will say the same, get back on the training pitch, [be] pleased you’re getting in there, go again.

‘It’ll go in for him because he’s high quality.

‘I was delighted to see him to get through [on goal], he likes to be in those positions, we’re getting him in positions there when he came on and he will score.’

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