Bed­side Lamps off to a flyer Notts Co 1 Derby Co 4

Sunday Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - Sports - BY NEIL GOULD­ING at Meadow Lane

FRANK LAM­PARD ad­mit­ted he suf­fered “sleep­less nights” be­fore his in­tro­duc­tion to life as a man­ager yes­ter­day.

The for­mer Chelsea and Eng­land mid­fielder got his reign at Derby off to a flier at Notts County.

But Lam­pard joked: “I don’t know whether I was that chilled, I might have looked it.

“I wasn’t kick­ing ev­ery ball, but I was see­ing things from the out­side. This is still pretty new for me, let’s make no bones about it, but I’ll im­prove.

“Thank­fully there wasn’t much I had to shout and scream about, so it made it eas­ier – I slept all right be­fore the game, but since tak­ing the job there’s been a few sleep­less nights.

“Some­times you do wake up in the mid­dle of the night and you’re pick­ing your team and your for­ma­tion, but by the morn­ing it’s changed.”

Winger Luke Thomas bagged a brace with Tom Hud­dle­stone and Ma­son Ben­nett also on tar­get, while Kane Hem­mings scored from the spot for the Mag­pies.

Re­gard­less of the re­sult though, all eyes were on Lam­pard, mak­ing his de­but in the dugout hav­ing penned a three-year deal with the Cham­pi­onship club a lit­tle over a month ago.

And hav­ing seen for­mer Eng­land team-mate and good friend Steven Ger­rard get off to a win­ning start in his first game in charge of Rangers this week, he was keen to fol­low suit.

Lam­pard was ac­cus­tomed to rap­tur­ous re­cep­tions dur­ing an il­lus­tri­ous ca­reer with West Ham, Man City, New York City and the Blues. And he was af­forded an­other one as more than 4,000 Rams fans came to sup­port their new boss. But tougher tests are just around the cor­ner – and Lam­pard knows it.

He said: “There’s still a lot of hard work to do and I don’t know what my style is yet, but hard work does trans­late on to the pitch.”

Notts County man­ager Kevin Nolan joked:

“He’s go­ing to have a lot more sleep­less nights, I can tell you.

“But I think he’ll pros­per, he’s de­ter­mined.

“He was a qual­ity player and I think he’ll at­tack man­age­ment ex­actly the same.”

LET’S BE FRANK Frank Lam­pard did not have much to worry about as his Derby side cruised to vic­tory

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