‘We have to take this one on chin, not let it fes­ter’

Burton Mail - - Sport - By STEVE NI­CHOL­SON stephen.ni­chol­[email protected]­plc.com

FRANK Lam­pard has urged his Derby County play­ers to move on quickly from the de­feat by Leeds United.

Derby lost 2-0 to Leeds at El­land Road on Fri­day and could have no com­plaints about the re­sult.

They were sec­ond-best and are now 11 points be­hind lead­ers Leeds in the Cham­pi­onship.

The Rams have won only one of their last six League games and that was the re­mark­able come­back against Nor­wich City at Car­row Road, a match in which they trailed 2-0 and 3-2 be­fore win­ning 4-3.

Lam­pard was dis­ap­pointed with his team’s per­for­mance at Leeds but he says there is no point in dwelling on what hap­pened.

“We have to take this one on the chin, not let it fes­ter and go back to the draw­ing board and play­ing the way we were,” he added.

“They (Leeds) are a good team. They played bet­ter than us, they had more qual­ity on the ball and they pressed us.

“My main thing was our qual­ity on the ball wasn’t so great and not just the qual­ity, it was the per­son­al­ity to keep play­ing. We went away from what we have done a lot all sea­son, which is to keep play­ing in all cir­cum­stances.

“We didn’t per­form from the first minute un­til the last.

“I would say it was our worst per­for­mance, al­beit against a top team in the league.

“You can lose here (at El­land Road) but you can lose here play­ing bet­ter than how we played be­cause we didn’t play well at all.

“That’s not been the norm for us. We have been play­ing good foot­ball for large por­tions of the sea­son.”

Derby now face an FA Cup thir­dround re­play against Southamp­ton at St Mary’s Sta­dium on Wed­nes­day be­fore Read­ing visit Pride Park Sta­dium in the League on Satur­day.

“The lads are a re­ally good bunch,” said Lam­pard.

“We had a bad night (at Leeds), that will hap­pen in foot­ball, so we must now be big and brave and take the beat­ing on our chin and move on.

“You can lose here (at Leeds) and there is no point dwelling on it for­ever.”

Leeds United’s Jack Har­ri­son (right) is con­grat­u­lated after mak­ing it 2-0 against Derby County. Below left: Rams’ Fikayo To­mori chal­lenges Leeds’ Jack Clarke.

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