MANCHESTER, England (AP) - Frank Lampard wrapped up his Premier League career by scoring in Manchester City’s 2-0 win over Southampton on Sunday on the last day of the season.
The former England and Chelsea midfielder, made captain in his final game before joining New York City FC in the MLS, opened the scoring as runner-up City ended its league campaign with a sixth successive win.
Lampard was taken off in the 77th minute to a huge ovation from all sides of the ground before the prolific Sergio Aguero grabbed the second goal from close range three minutes from time.
It was the Argentine’s 26th Premier League goal of the season and underlined his status as golden boot winner.
Lampard, meanwhile, signed off with his 259th goal in his 882nd club appearance in English club football.
City midfielders Yaya Toure and James Milner were also substituted to applause, with speculation they may be leaving in the offseason.
City’s strong finish to the season has silenced calls for manager Manuel Pellegrini to be fired. The team is eight points behind Chelsea, yet was the top scorer and had most clean sheets.
“I am not happy with the way we worked the whole year, we lost too many points against teams in relegated positions,” Pellegrini said. “We lost stupid points, but I assure you we are going to grow as a club next season. The most important target for us is to recover the title next season, and I believe we are not far away from doing that.
“I never had any doubt in my mind all season (that he will stay as manager). I know what the owners think, I speak with them all the time. They are not owners who think because you do not win the title, you must go.”
Southampton finished seventh in the standings and will qualify for the Europa League if Arsenal wins the FA Cup on Saturday.
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