Chelsea 3 goals- Tomori own goal (5′), Keogh own goal (21′), Fabregas (41′)
Derby 2 goals- Marriot (9′), Waghorn (27′)
2 freak own goals by Derby defenders condemned them to a 3-2 loss at Stamford Bridge in the 4th round of the Carabao Cup, despite Frank’s Rams performing so well!
The game started with Chelsea dominating possession and the first incident occurred early on in the 5th minute where a Zappacosta cross was turned in to his own net by Chelsea loanee Fiakyo Tomori. However, Derby showed resilience and didn’t crumble after that incident and leveled a few minutes later when Cahill gave the ball away to Huddlestone, who played a through ball to Marriot and he tucked the ball home nicely past Caballero. Then Derby could have gone 2-1 up early in the first half when Waghorn hit a tame effort at Caballero after being 1-on-1 with the Chelsea keeper after some shambolic Chelsea defending. Shockingly, lightning struck twice for Derby in a negative way, when in the 21st minute, another Zappacosta cross from the right side was turned in to his own net by Richard Keogh this time!
Similarly, the same pattern occurred again with Derby showing real resilience and causing Chelsea multiple problems, and shortly after equalized through Waghorn who tapped in from a Mason Mount cross. The game drifted up to halftime with Derby putting Chelsea’s back 4 under a lot of pressure. However, it was Chelsea who took the lead again to make it 3-2 in the 41st minute, through Cesc Fabregas who smashed the ball in from a Loftus-Cheek cross. So at half-time, it was 3-2 to Chelsea.
Frank Lampard’s Derby played very well in the first half, and the ironic point is Derby scored 4 goals in the first half… But were the team behind in the game!
The second half started with Chelsea looking much sharper, and therefore looked more dangerous as a team, and in the 49th minute, a Loftus-Cheek cross fell to Morata inside the six-yard box, but Carson just smothered it away from Morata’s feet before he could shoot. The next big chance of the game came in the 59th minute where Cahill’s header from a corner was well saved by Carson to prevent Chelsea from extending their lead and effectively end the tie. Derby did grow into the second half, and in the 67th minute, after a Chelsea mistake in midfield Huddlestone played a through ball to Marriot who was 1-on-1 with Caballero, but Caballero produced an outstanding save to push Marriot’s effort over the bar and on to the roof of the net.
Derby started to build momentum as the second half grew on, and a Mason Mount effort in the 71st minute was deflected just wide of Caballero’s goal. Chelsea had chances to kill the game off, but after three beautiful deliveries into the box from Chelsea players, Morata couldn’t guide any of his headers into the back of Carson’s net to finish off the tie. Derby did have chances late on to equalize but Keogh, Marriot and Mount’s efforts were well saved by Caballero. Late on in the 89th minute, David Nugent’s effort cannoned off the post! And these were the fine margins that decided the game.
So the game ended 3-2 to Chelsea and to sum up, Lampard’s Derby was excellent and Chelsea wasn’t at their best tonight but they just did enough to secure their place in the last eight of the Carabao Cup.
Player Ratings out of 10
Chelsea (Manager: Maurizio Sarri)- Caballero- 7 (Distribution poor but made some great saves), Zappacosta- 9 (Whipped in some lovely balls into the box and got 3 assists), Cahill- 4 (Defensively so suspect. At fault for most of Derby’s goals). Christensen- 5 (Defensively suspect), Emerson- 4 (A liability throughout the match), Kante- 6 (Average game for him, gave the ball away quite a few times), Fabregas- 6 (Other than the goal, was an average performance for him), Kovacic- 5 (Average), Ruben Loftus-Cheek- 7 (Looked really dangerous and created many chances), Willian- 7 (tried to make things happen, but didn’t produce anything special tonight), Morata- 5 (Link up play good, however poor finishing), Subs; David Luiz- 8 (Came on and stabilized the shaky Chelsea defense). Pedro- 5 (Average), Azpilicueta- 5 (didn’t have a lot to do when he came on.
Manager rating- Maurizio Sarri- 7- Choose a strong team but could have included players like Hudson-Odoi to give him game time. Didn’t underestimate Derby County at all.
Derby (Manager: Frank Lampard)- Carson- 7 (Made some good saves to keep Derby in the game), Bogle- 5 (Average), Keogh- 4 (Gave away the own goal), Tomori- 5 (also gave away the own goal), Malone- 7 (Very good defensive and attacking performance), Huddlestone- 8 (Set up Marriot’s goal and played a key role in Derby’s attacking and defensive performance), Wilson- 6 (contributed alot to Derby’s attack), Mount- 8 (contributed alot to Derby’s attack, unlucky not to score), Lawrence- 6 (played well), Waghorn- 7 (grabbed the second equaliser, but missed big 1-on-1), Marriot- 7 (grabbed first equaliser), Subs; Bennett- 5 (didn’t really change the game), Forsyth- 5 (Didnt have alot of time to effect game), Nugent- 7 (So unlucky not to score after his shot cannoned off the post late on in the match).
Manager rating- Frank Lampard- 9. Picked a very strong Derby side and his side performed so well tonight and showed a real determination and grit to equalize twice against a good Chelsea side. On another day, his side could have taken this tie to another penalty shoot-out.
Possession (%) 70 30
Shots 14 9
Shots on Target 5 7
Corners 8 3
Fouls 10 14
Next games for both teams
Both teams are in league action on the weekend. Starting with Chelsea, they play in the Premier League on Sunday against Crystal Palace at home at 4:00 pm (UK time). Whereas Frank Lampard’s Derby play at home on Saturday at 3 pm (UK time) against Birmingham City in a big midlands Derby in the Championship
By Danyal Khan