Frank Lampard was disappointed not to get all three points in the 0-0 draw against Stoke City following a fantastic performance by Derby County.
The Rams manager was delighted with his sides effort in and out of possession as they dominated the Potters throughout – but they were left frustrated by the visitors.
Wales face Trinidad & Tobago in a friendly at Wrexhams Racecourse on Wednesday, 20 March four days before hosting Slovakia in their opening Euro 2020 qualifier in Cardiff.
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Derby finished with 19 shots to Stokes five, with four on target, while the Potters failed to test Kelle Roos in the the Rams goal.
Lampard Disappointed With Draw Following Fantastic Performance
One-time Derby loanee Jack Butland made three brilliant first-half saves to prevent the Rams from taking a deserved lead. First a long-range volley by Tom Huddlestone, while he also denied Duane Holmes and Harry Wilson.
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Whilst the manager praised the opposition goalkeeper, he said the component lacking from his sides performance was being clinical in the final third and he said it is something the Rams will need to work on for the final stretch of the season.
Jack Butland is a top-class goalkeeper, we know that, the wood work and ourselves denied us the three points, Lampard told RamsTV following the game.
We have got to be clinical. We played like a real top team today, that was a fantastic performance without the ball, with the ball, we created so many chances and dominated possession.
We were the only team trying to win the game, constantly and throughout. We have to say to ourselves, can we be more clinical? And I think we can, but Butland was very good.
Derby County forward Tom Lawrence is a doubt for Wales games against Trinidad & Tobago and Slovakia.
They hit the post on the breakaway and we offered them a chance in the first-half for Ince on the counter-attack which was our own sloppiness, but the rest of the game was ours, completely ours.
He added: I am disappointed because it was a performance of a top team, but in football the fact remains you have to put the ball in the back of the net, we have to look at ourselves for that, we have to be more clinical in the box, strikers have to score goals.
Off the ball we were amazing – our work rate was outstanding – and we were trying to win the game from the first minute to last while Stoke were trying to stay in it.”
Derby the better side first half thanks to their best 45 minutes for some time, but no goal to show for it.
He has scored five goals this season, is capable of more and can (on his day) boost Derby’s attacking threat significantly.
Bristol City’s nervy draw against Ipswich Town last night has left the door to the Championship’s top six ajar for Derby County, invitingly. It is at this stage of the season when nerves kick in, on and off the pitch, and results more than performances are all important. Derby have taken four points from their last two games, much-needed after a run of three straight league defeats, A win tonight would take that to seven points from nine, and leave Frank Lampard’s team in a good position.”
Tom Ince returned to haunt his old club as he fired 10-man Stoke City to a 2-1 victory over Derby County.
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Sam Clucas gave the Potters a first-half lead at the bet365 Stadium but the home side then had Peter Etebo sent off with around an hour still to play.
Harry Wilson levelled with another fine free kick early in the second half, only for Ince to hit a 64th-minute winner.
It gave Gary Rowett all three points on his first meeting with the club he left to take charge of Stoke in May.
As well as being a tough result for Derby to take, they also had skipper Curtis Davies carried off on a stretcher just before the break.
Derby have just moved into the play-off positions so they have a little bit extra to fight for, so it will be a tough game but so is every game in the Championship. We certainly won’t take it lightly and I can’t imagine Derby will either. There’s a lot of expectation about Derby, just as there is here.”
It is hard to comment on other clubs in any real detail because only the manager there knows,” said Lampard. “All you can say is that they (Stoke) did invest heavily in the summer and they had a relatively strong squad already. Again, it doesn’t mean anything but if you look at the individuals they have that can win games, then, yes, they are competing and you have to give the manager some time to try and make his imprint on the team. It doesn’t come overnight, but they are a team that at any moment in this league could go on a run of wins, and then see themselves in the hunt to move up the League quickly. We have seen it with many a team this year. No-one should be writing them off.”