Derby County 0-0 Stoke City: Jack Butland frustrates Derby at Pride Park – BBC Sport

Derby County 0-0 Stoke City: Jack Butland frustrates Derby at Pride Park - BBC Sport

The Frank Lampard verdict that Stoke City might grudgingly agree with

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.

Derby County face Stoke City tonight in the SkyBet Championship knowing that anything less than a victory will be a disappointment, as they look to finish the season in the play-off places.

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.

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.

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.

Tom Lawrence: Derby County forward a doubt for Wales games

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.

Derby County forward Tom Lawrence is a doubt for Wales games against Trinidad & Tobago and Slovakia.

Lawrence started for Derby in their 0-0 draw against Stoke City having missed the previous six games with an ankle injury.

The 25-year-old, who has scored three goals in 18 appearances for Wales, was substituted after playing 83 minutes.

“He showed why we have missed him and hopefully we will have him firing [after the international break].”

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.

Manager Ryan Giggs is without Aston Villa defender James Chester, on-loan Derby midfielder Andy King and unattached midfielder Joe Ledley through injury.

Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale is included having suffered an injury to his ankle in the closing stages of his clubs Champions League defeat against Ajax.

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