Published: Thu, November 01, 2018
Sport | By Floyd Cook

Lampard proud but aggrieved after Chelsea return

Lampard proud but aggrieved after Chelsea return

Lampard's side were able to win the ball high up the pitch and produce direct possession to their pacey wingers, who caused all kinds of problems for Chelsea's second string defence.

The mental test would be hardest, Lampard had warned, for Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori, the two Chelsea loanees unusually granted permission to play against their parent club at Stamford Bridge.

It was in the build up to Fabregas' first of the season that Derby felt Tom Lawrence was fouled by Davide Zappacosta, only for the Italian to take a quick throw-in and referee Jon Moss to dismiss protests.

GK Willy Caballero, 6 - Could do nothing about either of Derby's goals, but his distribution was poor and nothing about him inspired confidence in his defenders.

"I think we deserved a draw but I'm not upset at all".

"VAR should clear up the ones that go slightly wrong".

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Stephan Lichtsteiner, with his first for the club, and 18-year-old midfielder Emile Smith Rowe scored Arsenal's goals at the Emirates before Matteo Guendouzi was sent off for a second yellow card in the 56th minute.

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Man City, Liverpool, and Chelsea are the top three teams on the EPL table, one unique similarity about the three football clubs is that they have played ten matches in the EPL so far but still remain undefeated. "I'm a lucky man to have a night like that and I feel it". Sat up all afternoon staring at the ceiling. It is because we believe at the end of the day is that Mason and Tomori are growing up as players.

"I'm excited for the game and looking forward to seeing 40,000 "friends" in the stadium". (I was) nervous and excited.

"I'm so thankful to the Chelsea fans", added Lampard, whose name was chanted by the home supporters throughout the match.

Lampard refused to dwell on his departure more than four years ago. That isn't normal. I did leave out of the back door here, and that was disappointing. That was the circumstances at the time. "I did leave here quietly (in 2014), slightly out of the back door, so it's good to walk through the front door and get that".

Lewis Wing grabbed the only goal in first-half injury time with a swerving shot from long range.

Derby assistant Jody Morris, victor of seven trophies in two seasons in charge of the Blues' under-18 and under-19 sides before leaving to team up with Lampard, also got his moment of appreciation at the final whistle.

"I never thought about that before, honestly, but if I have to see the results and the trophies that Frank has achieved with Chelsea, there is no doubt he is the bigger legend".

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