Derby County saw their Carabao Cup journey end at the hands of Premier League title-chasers Chelsea on Wednesday as Frank Lampard made his first managerial return to Stamford Bridge.
The affair saw the Blues narrowly see off the Championship side 3-2, even though they only scored one for themselves.
An early own goal from Chelsea loanee Fikayo Tomori opened the scoring for the hosts after just five minutes, when his failed clearance hit his standing leg before trickling into the net.
The Rams surged back to equalise through Jack Marriott four minutes later, but for all their hard work to pull level, they were behind again when Richard Keogh gave Antonio Conte’s men the lead back with another own goal.
Match stats show the hosts as having more than twice as much of the ball across the 90-minute match, but they failed to seriously produce key chances of their own – only five shots found the target with one of those finding the net.
A solid defensive performance from Lampard’s Rams earned the side a chance of pulling off another cup upset, and these fans were disappointed not to win.
Can’t believe I have watched #DCFC turn up to Old Trafford and Stamford Bridge and deserve to win both times. Under several previous managers we have rolled over and shown too much respect to these sides. Love the fearlessness and ability of this squad under Frank Lampard.
— Alex Taylor (@ACTaylor96) November 1, 2018
I’m in a parallel universe, I’m disappointed to not win at Chelsea. Wow what a change Franky Lampard has made to Derby County #dcfc
— sean igoe (@hutch172) October 31, 2018
Can honestly say Chelsea didn’t deserve that win #DCFC
— Joseph Coxon (@joe_coxon1) October 31, 2018
Enjoyed that tonight despite the result. Beyond two really poor OGs, Keogh and Timori were excellent. Wilson, Mount & Marriott all positive. Huddlestone brilliant. Lampard has got us playing well and pressing intelligently. Lots of positives to build on #dcfc #dcfcfans #CHEDER
— Lovers (@jonloveridge83) October 31, 2018
Could and possible should have won that,
Chelsea were excellent in possession as expected but we were so dangerous going forward and had the games best chances expecually 2nd half.
Keogh, Marriott and Nugent all so close.
Franks got us purring at the minute #dcfc
— Darren Weightman (@dazw71) October 31, 2018
Can we just point out Keogh has had Morata in his back pocket all night #dcfc
— Ryan Dilks (@dilksymatey) October 31, 2018
So so proud of the Derby lads. Unfortunate to not come away with the win. Their 3rd goal should never of stood. #dcfc
— Jamie Probert (@Jamie_Probert3) November 1, 2018
Gutted to lose that. 2 jammy one goals and a clear foul on Lawrence. Nuge hits the post. 2 one on one chances. On another day we win that. Proud effort from the boys. Now onto blues!! Coyr #dcfc
— #dcfc (@ArembandJ) October 31, 2018
We went to Chelsea and all expectations were an easy home win from a strong side. #dcfc did every fan proud tonight. All we ask is fight to the last and give it a go!
Width of a post, a poor Lino decision, and couple of freaky moments aside. The difference!
— Martin F (@su4eranio) October 31, 2018
— Gwigsy (@ben_gwilliam) October 31, 2018