Cesc Fàbregas victor lifts Chelsea to deny Frank Lampard’s Derby

01 November, 2018, 23:03 | Author: Malcolm Quinn
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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.

DF Davide Zappacosta, 6 - Provided two assists with risky crosses, though it's hard to know how much credit to give him when they both found Derby players.

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.

It was a big night for Chelsea's two on-loan players Tomori and Mount, who were given permission to face their parent club.

Lampard, who played 648 times for Chelsea and is the club's all-time leading goalscorer, was serenaded by home supporters during the match, and he was touched by the occasion, and also the performance of his players.

"The aim is to come up and play in the Premier League".

The Belgium worldwide, who leads the Premier League scoring charts with seven goals in nine games this season, was not involved in Chelsea's 4-0 win over Burnley on Sunday due to a back injury sustained against Manchester United.

Chelsea are still unbeaten in competitive games this season. I'm not sure today, maybe tomorrow he is going to join us in training.' The Chelsea official website quotes us as saying.


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.

"Tomori and Keogh have been absolutely outstanding for us all season". This was not how he had envisaged scoring his first Chelsea goal in front of the Shed End.

"And then when I first came here, with Jose, the first target was to win the League Cup".

Ruben Loftus-Cheek is now enjoying the best goalscoring spell of his career, netting in two consecutive games for the first time.

"It happens. If he hadn't touched that ball, [Alvaro] Morata would have scored a goal".

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. But now they have gone out and they can concentrate on the Championship, which is what is so important now.

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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