Lampard pursues Henry in Premiership rankings

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Frank Lampard is currently the second best player in the Premiership according to statistics after his dominant performance in Chelsea's 4-0 demolition of Newcastle on Saturday.

Lampard is behind only the Arsenal striker Thierry Henry in the Actim Index - the Premier League's official ratings system - after inspiring the Blues to a storming victory.

The Chelsea captain John Terry slips to third after being leapfrogged his team-mate with Everton's Thomas Gravesen and Arsenal's Robert Pires fourth and fifth.

French international Henry strengthened his position at the top with two goals in the 3-0 home win against Birmingham, after his compatriot Pires had opened the scoring.

Henry recorded his highest match score of the campaign with an impressive 0.54 points at Highbury, taking his Actim total to 4.27.

The system gives each player a rating according to how effective their performances are, rather than a simple tally of goals, assists or saves.

Ex-professionals report on the action live from the grounds and the final rating is reached after applying a mathematical formula.

Goals, shots on target, corners, fouls, offsides, passes, tackles, blocks and clearances are all taken into consideration and each player adds to his points total with each game.

The striker Kevin Davies climbed 14 places to 24th after scoring a double for Bolton Wanderers in the defeat by Everton, while Peruvian Nolberto Solano, of Aston Villa, also rose by 14 and pipped Davies to 23rd spot.

Arjen Robben, arguably the Premiership's most in-form player, reached the top 100 for the first time, taking 97th position with a 0.35 score for Chelsea.