Derby County head to The Hawthorns tonight to face Darren Moore’s West Brom, as two of the Championship’s promotion hopefuls face one another.
Ahead of the game, Darren Moore – the Championship’s Manager of the Month for September – hasn’t hesitated to sing the praises of Frank Lampard ahead of the clash between their two teams.
In the early stages of his first season of professional management, Frank Lampard has helped Derby County up to 6th place in the Championship table, losing four games out of 13 so far. The Chelsea legend has also got his side through to the Fifth Round of the Carabao Cup – where The Rams travel to Stamford Bridge to play against Chelsea.
44-year-old Moore spoke to the Birmingham Mail ahead of tonight’s clash, and was full of praise for Lampard.
“We played against each other as players over the years and Frank has always had a level of understanding of the game – and he’s taken that into the head coach’s role.
“He has been given the job at Derby and he is doing a remarkable job, along with Jody Morris, they have been really, really good in terms of the attacking style they have brought there, the flair. They have done really, really well.
“It’s a club I know well, a former club that I tasted a little bit of success with when I played there. Looking forward to seeing them all but really my focus and attention will be on the game.”
Moore was also full of praise for Derby’s loan star Mason Mount – who was called up to the England squad for the first time for their games against Croatia and Spain.
“In terms of Mason Mount he’s done really well, his future looks bright, delighted that for the national team the future looks bright,” Moore added.
“But it’s not just him, there are many players for Derby who bring an attacking flair and team cohesion and we’re going to have to be at our very best.
“Credit to the head coach really for helping him and keeping his feet on the ground. He seems to be enjoying his football. Credit to them he’s performing the way he is. There are similarities between both teams.”