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'Proud' Derby County boss Frank Lampard appreciative of warm Chelsea reception

01 November 2018

Chelsea welcome Derby County to Stamford Bridge in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday, managed by record-goalscorer Frank Lampard.

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. Tom Lawrence was appeared to be fouled, however, play continued and Cesc Fabregas fired home to put Chelsea ahead.

Substitute David Nugent struck a post in the 89th minute as Derby came close to a third equaliser, but Chelsea survived and progressed.

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The 40-year-old scored more than 200 times for Chelsea in his 648 appearances in all competitions and despite the fact he will be in the away dugout, Nevin expects him to receive a hero's welcome. In a statement released last week, Chelsea admitted they thought the experience from the match would be beneficial to both Mount and Tomori's development at Derby.

Davide Zappacosta has played just six minutes in the Premier League but could be rewarded with a fourth start of the season, with his other three all coming in the Europa League. His range of passing was very impressive and he worked tirelessly to win the ball back for his team. Subs: Azpiliecueta 5, Pedro 5, Luiz 5.

Meanwhile Derby will be boosted by the availability of Fikayo Tomori and Mason Mount for selection, but the latter could still miss out having picked up a minor foot injury against Middlesbrough at the weekend. It's a terrible own-goal by Tomori who nets for his parent club!

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Regardless, the Championship side still summoned the belief to equalise a second time, all neatly pinged passes down the left before the excellent Mount wriggled free to square for Waghorn, ignored by Emerson, to score.

However, it wasn't quite the ideal evening as the Rams were knocked out after a 3-2 loss. The visitors feel that Morata was standing in an offside position and blocking the goalkeeper's view, but the referee ignores their protests. Willy Caballero was also a bundle of uncertainty, allowing Derby attackers to get too close and botching several clearances.

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'Proud' Derby County boss Frank Lampard appreciative of warm Chelsea reception