Terry could miss next Sunday's encounter with Manchester United after being sent off 13 minutes from the end of Chelsea's 3-1 win at Eastlands.

The England skipper hauled Jo to the ground after being sold short by Deco's back pass.

Halsey brandished the red card, ruling Terry had been the last man and committed a professional foul by denying the Brazilian a clear run on goal, even though he was only just inside the visitors' half.

Yet Ricardo Carvalho was already behind Terry when the incident took place, with Jose Bosingwa racing back to cover as well.

Lampard feels it was an obvious mistake and thinks Halsey has to reverse the decision.

"If there are two men behind the ball it cannot be a professional foul," argued the England man.

"Hopefully they will address it.

"I saw Robbie Keane brought down by Nemanja Vidic at Anfield today. It was exactly the same thing and it was a yellow card, which is what a block like that should be."

It was the only blot on Chelsea's day as Luiz Felipe Scolari's men battled back from an early deficit to record a decisive and deserved win.

Lampard was outstanding, capping a man-of-the-match display with Chelsea's smartly-taken second, while not much less eye-catching were Deco and Carvalho, who lashed home Chelsea's equaliser just three minutes after one-time target Robinho had put City in front.

On this form, the Stamford Bridge outfit will take some stopping in the title race and victory over Sir Alex Ferguson's men next weekend would cement them in top spot.

Scolari can even afford to adopt a philosophical attitude towards missing out on Robinho, especially now Didier Drogba is back in the first-team picture following his introduction as a substitute immediately after Nicolas Anelka has coolly slotted home number three and Michael Ballack will return from a foot injury in Bordeaux on Tuesday.

"Robinho is at Manchester City now and I wish him well," said Scolari.

"I have my players and I am very happy with them. The ones who came into the team have done very well.

"We have a number of injuries but we are still at the top.

"When I have Ballack, Drogba in good condition, and Michael Essien fit again, I will have a fantastic team."