Derby County manager Frank Lampard spoke of his shock and pride after his side defeated Manchester United on penalties in the Third Round of the Carabao Cup last night.
After going 1-0 down after just three minutes through a Juan Mata goal, Derby County fans can be forgiven for thinking that the Spaniard’s goal was the beginning of a long night. However, The Rams bounced back through a stunning free kick from Liverpool loanee Harry Wilson – a strike that will stick in the minds of the Derby faithful for years to come.
The Rams nearly won the game inside 90 minutes, as summer signing Jack Marriott pounced on Lee Grant’s parry to score his first goal in Derby colours. Marouane Fellaini scored a 93rd minute header in typical Fellaini fashion and took the game to penalties.
All players from both sides scored their penalties, until England international Phil Jones saw his penalty saved by former England ‘keeper Scott Carson, putting Manchester United out of the Carabao Cup.
An overjoyed Frank Lampard couldn’t hide his happiness, and lead his players over to the away end, before leading the bounce for the travelling fans.
Lampard told Sky Sports:
“I’m a bit shell-shocked, in a good way.
“What a performance from the team, in terms of personality. To go 1-0 down early on, at Old Trafford, to play the way they did and to control large elements of the game.
“To have missed chances when you feel we had a chance to get back into the game and then to concede six minutes into injury time. But they had the personality to stand up and take penalties and perform the way they did, I’m just a proud manager. They were great.
“I wanted to bring a team here to really compete, I knew we had players on the bench who could come on and improve us, and I’m just so proud of them. The feeling I got from it was immense. It’s an incredible feeling for me, and it’s right up there.
Lampard was inevitably asked about youngster Harry Wilson’s stunner, and he has been impressed by the winger’s progress, as he has with Chelsea loanee Mason Mount.
“He does it in training and funnily enough, when we got the free-kick, I turned around to the bench and said it was a bit too far out,” Lampard said of the on-loan Liverpool midfielder.
“It certainly proved me wrong. But I was right behind it. He got the movement and it’s typical of him and Mason Mount. They practice, they’re hungry, they want to be great free-kick takers, and they want to be great Premier League players in the end.