Published: Fri, November 02, 2018
Sport | By Floyd Cook

Lampard left disappointed after Derby defeat to Chelsea

Lampard left disappointed after Derby defeat to Chelsea

It's hard to make a case for any of the fringe players given an opportunity here to start in the Premier League against Crystal Palace on Sunday.

Incredibly, this wasn't to be the end of Derby County's bad-luck.

Chelsea held on to deny Derby another shock win in this competition but it was still an emotional evening for Rams' boss Lampard.

Zola was also questioned about the recent comparisons between current Chelsea midfielder Ross Barkley and the clubs record-scorer Lampard.

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Still, the visitor was just as risky going forward as it was in its own box and snatched a second equaliser after 27 minutes, Mount squaring for a Waghorn tap-in.

Richard Keogh was credited with the 21st-minute own goal.

Mount and Tomori are both on loan from Chelsea and Zola enjoyed the duo's performances. This almost paid off within the first five minutes, and they did not need to wait much longer to score a goal off a defensive error.

At some point, this fixture felt more like a celebration than just a cup tie with the number of extravagant storylines and nearly comical subplots that had unfolded before our eyes at Stamford Bridge.

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Chelsea fans in the Matthew Harding upper and lower promptly replied with "Derby Derby, give us a goal". In seven months my contract ends with Chelsea'.

Derby's midfield line of four - five when not supporting the pressure on Cahill - took station between Chelsea's two midfield units.

One Blues youngster who did impress was 19-year-old Mason Mount, playing against his parent club for the Championship visitors.

However, a Cesc Fabregas strike just before the half time interval turned out to be the difference between the two sides, with the Premier League side edging through to the Carabao Cup quarter finals 3-2.

Lampard took it all in his stride, of course, transitioning effortlessly from clapping the songs directed at him to vigorously applauding his Derby players as they hassled and harried Chelsea into defensive mistakes.

Chelsea are still unbeaten in competitive games this season.

Tottenham Hotspur will join them after Son Heung-min scored twice in a 3-1 win over West Ham United and Arsenal reached the last eight after an uncomfortable 2-1 home victory over third-tier Blackpool in which both teams ended with 10 men.

From his appearance in the visiting dugout to his lap of appreciation after the final whistle, Derby County's manager was serenaded with chants of "Super, super Frank" and "He's won it all".

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