Chelsea see off Frank Lampard's Derby after chaotic first half

Virginia Santiago
November 2, 2018

Derby put in an excellent display at Stamford Bridge, twice battling back from a goal behind in the first half before Cesc Fabregas grabbed what turned out to be the victor just before half-time.

However, the Rams were close to grabbing an equaliser after some dodgy defending that would have taken the game straight to penalties.

They really played well and surprised us, played with a lot of quality.

Lampard, one of Chelsea's greatest-ever players, felt his side deserved a draw on chances created but said he was a "lucky man" to be able to enjoy such an occasion.

DF Davide Zappacosta, 6 - Provided two assists with unsafe crosses, though it's hard to know how much credit to give him when they both found Derby players. It is because we believe in the end of the day is that Mason and Tomori, they grew up as players.

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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.

Not the children ducking and weaving between doorways down the Fulham Road in search of Halloween candy, but Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori, Chelsea's two loanees featuring in something of an audition against their parent club. At first it wasn't showing, because he was very much involved learning tactically what the team needs him to do, but now he's getting that freedom is taking out all of his ability.

Chelsea have played more one-sided matches in the Premier League and Europe this season and Lampard and his coaching team, which includes Jody Morris and Chris Jones - who signed from Chelsea in the summer - can hold their heads up high. That isn't normal. I did leave out of the back door here, and that was disappointing. Then there will only be games in the Premier League [for a few weeks].

Chelsea are through, Mount and Tomori got some valuable big-game experience, and Stamford Bridge got to pay tribute to perhaps the club's biggest legend without the night being tainted by an upset defeat (just about).

Derby are the first team to score two own goals against Chelsea since Stoke did so in the Premier League in January 2013.

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This could be the first game of many [for them] at Chelsea.

A pair of own goals in the opening 21 minutes made their task even tougher in London and a close-range Cesc Fabregas finish shortly before half-time provided the telling blow.

He said: "Gary played for the first time in a while".

"If Chelsea had to make a choice between Kovacic and Loftus-Cheek, I would rather send Kovacic back to Real Madrid than send Loftus-Creek out on loan".

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