Chelsea beat Derby in dramatic return for Lampard

Chelsea beat Derby in dramatic return for Lampard

Chelsea beat Derby in dramatic return for Lampard

Chelsea's game against Derby County can be viewed by United Kingdom residents on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Football, which are channels 401 and 403 respectively on Sky and channels 501 and 503 respectively for Virgin Media users.

The Rams bowed out of the cup following the defeat at Stamford Bridge last night but they put in a spirited display which deserved more.

On his part, Chelsea assistant manager Gianfranco Zola, who also doubles as club legend applauded the Championship side insisting they were no easy opponents to face.

Son scored his first two goals of the season and another of Tottenham's forgotten men, Fernando Llorente, added one in a 3-1 win over West Ham in an all-Premier League London derby at the Olympic Stadium. Chelsea fans in the Matthew Harding upper and lower promptly replied with "Derby Derby, give us a goal".

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

Every loose ball they chased, the players played for each other and never stopped believing they could get back into the match.

Tomori and Mason Mount were granted special dispensation to feature against their parent club, yet the Rams might have wished that was not the case when Davide Zappacosta's cross struck the former's standing leg and diverted in for the fifth-minute opener. He showed frustration at the goals his team conceded but, true to his word, declined to celebrate the ones they scored, settling instead for a silent, satisfied swig of water.

"Derby wins because we can keep momentum, we can keep the same kind of team if Frankie elects to go with them".

Lampard, who played with the likes of Cesar Azpilicueta, Willian and David Luiz during his Chelsea days expressed happiness with the performance of his Derby side.

Incredibly, the links to Chelsea don't quite end there; the unfortunate goalscorer was one of the club's players out on loan with Lampard's club, Fikayo Tomori. The passing wasn't as sharp as it normally is, and the last 10-15 minutes we lost control. That isn't normal. I did leave out of the back door here, and that was disappointing.

"I'm a lucky man to get that reaction both ends", he said.

Chelsea's centre-backs struggled against Derby.

DF Gary Cahill, 5 - His relative lack of comfort in possession and mobility are the main reasons why he has spent so much time on the bench this season, and Derby targeted the limitations in his game with their fast attack.

DF Andreas Christensen, 6 - Unsettled by the speed and ferocity of Derby's pressing, he played his way into trouble a few times in a manic first half.

Chelsea FC cemented their position in third place in the Premier League table and are two points adrift of leaders Manchester City and Liverpool FC.

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