Derby County scored three second half goals to defeat Birmingham City 3-1 at Pride Park on Saturday afternoon.
Goals from academy product Mason Bennett, Liverpool loanee Harry Wilson and in form Jack Marriott cancelled out Lukas Jutkiewicz’s first half strike to take all three points this afternoon.
Prior to this afternoon, Garry Monk’s Birmingham City were on an unbeaten streak of 11 games, but Frank Lampard’s men ended The Blues’ impressive run by responding to their unlucky midweek Carabao Cup defeat against Chelsea with a 3-1 victory.
It was very much a game of two halves for The Rams. Derby followed up a poor first half with a clinical second half display to get the better of Monk’s side.
“In the first half, we were too slow with the ball,” Lampard told the Derby Telegraph.
“We didn’t move it quickly enough, although we were still in the game and probably had chances to be level.
“I didn’t feel it was complacency. I just thought it was coming up against a team that was very rigid and very organised – 4-4-2 is a style that is very difficult to break down if you don’t move the ball quick enough.
“It wasn’t over-confidence, it was more getting to grips with what needed to be done in the game.”
After the first half whistle, Lampard’s side woke up and got an important equaliser eight minutes into the second half through Mason Bennett.
“At half-time, the message was let’s be more urgent, let’s turn in midfield rather than take our first touch backwards. Let’s look for a ball forward and then get on the second balls and change our game up.
“The lads really delivered instantly in the second half, which was delightful for me, because to see the character and ability to change a game like that is a big thing for us.
“Things changed after half-time, because of how much energy we put into it, and our forward thrust. The first goal was a great example.
“That got us back in the game and from then on, I thought we were the only winners.
“We were playing with confidence and playing in their half for most of the second half.
“We had a little bit of luck with Harry’s goal (a deflection) but, at the same time, we make our own luck – and could have got one or two more.”