Chelsea 3-2 Derby

Chelsea 3-2 Derby: Maurizio Sarri’s side beat Championship outfit in five-goal thriller on Frank Lampard’s return to reach Carabao Cup last eight

  • The hosts were ahead inside five minutes after Chelsea loanee Fikayo Tomori put the ball into his own net
  • Jack Marriott equalised for Derby in the ninth minute of Carabao Cup fourth-round clash at Stamford Bridge
  • Chelsea’s lead was restored when Derby defender Richard Keogh scored an own goal in the 21st minute
  • Martyn Waghorn made it 2-2 just six minutes later from close range, assisted by Blues loanee Mason Mount
  • Maurizio Sarri’s side headed into the break ahead after Cesc Fabregas scored their third goal before half-time
  • Derby substitute David Nugent almost found a late equaliser but his right-footed shot struck the post

Drunk on love? How else to explain this bonkers, hand-in-hand singalong that saw an extraordinary match breakout in between the declarations of affection?

The bare fact is that Chelsea won. On they go, into a quarter-final against Bournemouth and a shot at a pot. But they didn’t so much kick Frank Lampard out of the competition as give him a kiss on the cheek and offer a sincere apology.

It was simply that kind of night, weird and wonderful in its way. Weird for the surreal aspect of seeing a visiting manager serenaded so loudly and repeatedly throughout such a close match; wonderful because Chelsea were so poor at times that this was extremely close to being a major upset.

Chelsea won the tie 3-2 after Cesc Fabregas scored in the 41st minute of the Carabao Cup fourth-round clash against DerbyChelsea won the tie 3-2 after Cesc Fabregas scored in the 41st minute of the Carabao Cup fourth-round clash against Derby
Midfielder Fabregas celebrates after scoring Chelsea's third goal of match against Derby, which turned out to be the winner

Fabregas is joined by his Blues team-mates after restoring their lead over the Championship outfit before half-time

So no upset and a sense of injustice. But otherwise, what a stunning effort by Derby. The only unfortunate soul in all of it was poor Fikayo Tomori, who has been exceptional on loan in the midlands this season and was granted dispensation to play against his parent club. The rationale was Chelsea wanted to see him in the heat of a tough situation – what followed was an own goal after five minutes.

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But back fought Derby through Jack Marriott four minutes later, and after Richard Keogh then scored Derby’s second own goal, Martyn Waghorn had them level again in the blink of an eye. Cracking drama even before the farce of Fabregas’s winner towards the end of a mad first half.

Derby substitute David Nugent almost found a late equaliser but his right-footed shot struck the post at Stamford Bridge

Derby substitute David Nugent almost found a late equaliser but his right-footed shot struck the post at Stamford Bridge

Nugent reacts after his shot came back off the post late on in the match against Chelsea on Wednesday evening

Instead, we never had the chance to see how those home fans would have responded to Lampard had Chelsea ever fallen behind. The chances are they would have sung their love for a 13-year servant of their club anyway.

The affection was relentless, starting with the huge banners in the Matthew Harding end and continuing with the chants of ‘super, super Frank’ every 10 minutes or so from start to finish. He would wave, they would wave back, sweet nothings whispered to and fro long into the night.

Derby's Fikayo Tomori, a Chelsea loanee, scores an own goal to put his parent club ahead within the first five minutes of game

Defender Tomori holds his head after putting the ball into his own net against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday

The only hope is that those in attendance took their eyes off the touchline hero long enough to watch the match, which was never expected to be so close or frantic.

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Granted, Maurizio Sarri made eight changes to the side that clattered Burnley for four on Sunday, with only N’Golo Kante, Willian and Alvaro Morata retained and Ruben Loftus-Cheek given a start, but it was hardly a duff side. Weakened, yes, but weak? No.

Lampard, for his part, went as strong as he could, boosted by the inclusion of Mount and Tomori. What different nights they had, even if Tomori does deserve credit for recovering well from such a harrowing start.

The 20-year-old had been attempting to launch clear a cross from Zappacosta but missed the ball with his left, which allowed it to bounce back off his standing right and past Scott Carson. He looked mortified.

Chelsea 3-2 Derby: Frank Lampard after narrow loss
Jack Marriott equalised for Derby in the ninth minute of Carabao Cup fourth-round clash at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday

Marriott is surrounded by his Derby team-mates after bringing them level within four minutes of falling behind in the  clash

Chelsea's lead was restored when Derby defender Richard Keogh scored an own goal in the 21st minute of Carabao Cup tie

Chelsea's Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Davide Zappacosta celebrate after Derby's Keogh (not pictured) scored an own goal

MATCH FACTS

Chelsea (4-3-3): Caballero 5.5; Zappacosta 6.5 (Azpilicueta 78), Christensen 5.5 (Luiz 66, 6), Cahill 4.5, Emerson 6; Kante 7, Fabregas 7, Kovacic 6.5; Willian 7, Morata 4, Loftus-Cheek 5 (Pedro 69, 6)

Subs not used: Bulka, Drinkwater, Barkley, Hudson-Odoi

Booked: Emerson

Manager: Maurizio Sarri 5.5

Derby (4-3-3): Carson 6; Tomori 5, Keogh 5, Bogle 6, Malone 7 (Forsyth 82); Huddlestone 7.5, Mount 7, Wilson 6.5 (Nugent 82); Lawrence 6.5, Marriott 7, Waghorn 7 (Bennett 62, 6)

Subs not used: Roos, Johnson, Holmes, Davies

Booked: Keogh

Manager: Frank Lampard 7

Referee: Jonathan Moss 5.5

MOM: Tom Huddlestone

The equaliser was steeped in Chelsea’s errors. Gary Cahill, given only his fourth start of the season, was largely responsible, having first played a poor pass to Fabregas and then slipping in the moment after Tom Huddlestone had bundled the Spaniard out of the challenge.

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That left Marriott free to take a pass from Huddlestone, from where finished across goal. Cahill has been unhappy with his lack of action and this game hardly pressed his case, ditto Andreas Christensen.

Derby wasted a wonderful chance to go ahead when Waghorn tripped in the process of shooting when clean through, before a second own goal had them behind again. This time it was Keogh who turned a Zappacosta cross past Carson.

Once more the advantage quickly disappeared. Mount did well with his low cross from the left, but Sarri will have to ask questions of Emerson’s marking, with Waghorn left largely unattended to attack the back post and finish.

Fabregas had Chelsea ahead four minutes before the break, and for all the controversy of its legality, there was a hint of Lampard about the manner he raced on to the loose ball before driving it in. Appropriate in a weird sort of way.

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Derby's Martyn Waghorn scores his team's second goal past Chelsea goalkeeper Willy Caballero to make it 2-2 in first half

Waghorn celebrates with his Derby team-mates after scoring the equaliser against the Premier League side in 27th minute

Derby's Tom Lawrence is challenged by Chelsea's Zappacosta during the Carabao Cup fixture at Stamford Bridge

Derby manager Frank Lampard on the touchline on his return to Chelsea in the League Cup on Wednesday evening

Chelsea's Willian runs with the ball as Maurizio Sarri's side played Derby in fourth round of the Carabao Cup on Wednesday

Derby's Mason Mount, on loan from Chelsea, is challenged by Mateo Kovacic during the tight contest at Stamford Bridge

Chelsea defender Gary Cahill wins a header as Derby tried to find an equaliser in the second half of the Carabao Cup match

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