Chelsea vs. Derby County - Football Match Report

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The Chelsea duo have been impressive and instrumental during Derby's progress in the Championship and the EFL Cup, with both players already scoring in the competition during the previous rounds.

And it proved to be the victor as the upright denied David Nugent late on and left Blues legend Lampard to contemplate the unusual feeling of a Stamford Bridge defeat.

"Certainly Frank's got something to do with that [Chelsea allowing Mount and Tomori to play against them in the EFL Cup]", Nicholson told Rams TV.

Olivier Giroud faces a late test due to muscle fatigue so he might not be risked ahead of the Crystal Palace game at the weekend but Ethan Ampadu is back in full training following a knee injury.

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.

"I thought Frank Lampard making the box was exceptional", he said.

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

Chelsea took a 5th-minute lead courtesy an own goal from Derby County defender Fikayo Tomori who's on loan from the Blues.

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And it is this game from which Derby can gain confidence, with the Blues switching off defensively at times.

"This wasn't the game for Mason to run it like he does", Lampard said after the game.

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Speaking after the game, Zola noted: "Gary played for the first time in a while".

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.

However, Chelsea then re-returned the favour again five minutes later by overplaying the ball in their own half, losing possession and watching on as Jack Marriott raced through to score a quick equaliser...

FW Alvaro Morata, 6 - Was not helped by the rotation around him, but looked a shadow of the player who menaced Burnley and provided a focal point for Chelsea's fluid attack.

This was Lampard's first defeat at Stamford Bridge as either a player or manager since September 2013 when Chelsea lost 2-1 to Basel in the Champions League.

Lampard's Derby beat Manchester United and with luck, could have come out on top against another top-six Premier League team.

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