Frank Lampard admitted he was pleased to score his 200th goal in the 2-0 win over West Ham because of the support the Chelsea fans have given him.
The midfielder opened the scoring for the Blues as they look to hold onto third spot in the league, ahead of London rivals Tottenham and Arsenal.
He said: “It’s a special personal day for me. The club and the fans have been great to me since I joined. I don’t need to feel tense about breaking the record, I just need to go and play.
“It would mean a lot to break Bobby Tambling’s record. I have so much for his and his family and they have always been good to me.”
With nine league games left, Lampard needs just three goals to break Tambling’s record as he nears the end of what may be his last season at the club.
Chelsea are also in the FA Cup, where they will face Manchester United in a quarter-final replay and the Europa League, where they will meet Rubin Kazan.
Lampard added: We’ll cope with the number of games, we’re professional footballers. The manager can tweak the squad as he sees fit. Personally I feel better the more games I play.”