Derby County manager Frank Lampard admitted that despite taking an important three points away from Hillsborough, his side’s performance against Sheffield Wednesday wasn’t the prettiest.
Goals from in form striker Jack Marriott and winger Harry Wilson responded perfectly to the opening goal from Sheffield Wednesday’s Adam Reach, sealing a 2-1 win to ensure all three points returned to Pride ark. The win is the first time Derby County have won at Hillsborough since 2014, and sees them maintain 6th play in the table.
“We had to work hard for that, it was a tough game,” Lampard told the Derby Telegraph.
“We started very slowly, we weren’t at our best for big parts of the game but we have been near our best at times and not got results, so it is an important change for us to find a way to win a game.
“We did it with two quality goals and some competing in the second half when the balls were coming into our box – and we competed very well.
“It wasn’t beautiful stuff from us, but a very important three points.”
The manager went on to discuss the goals scored by Jack Marriott and Harry Wilson. Marriott’s goal sees him take his tally to six goals in his last eight games in a Derby shirt.
“They were both very well-taken goals,” Lampard added.
“Harry’s one, the ball bounced up and so it was a good technique, which we know Harry’s got. It is not easy to hit those, but it was a clean strike.
“It was also important for us because it gave us confidence.
“Jack’s ended up clean through, and it was great work from Florian Jozefzoon, who was bright.
“Jack took it early on his left foot which isn’t his better foot, which you might say shows where he is at, a sign of his confidence.
“When I saw he was taking it on (into the area) I thought ‘take another touch and get closer to the keeper and get it back on your right’. To see him confident and taking things on like that makes me happy.
“He practises a lot, he works hard in training, he is hungry to score goals.”