'Proud' Lampard appreciative of warm Chelsea reception

Arnold Nichols
November 2, 2018

Asked whether he dreamed of emulating Lampard at Chelsea, Mount told ESPN FC: "Definitely".

The Belgium worldwide, who leads the Premier League scoring charts with seven goals in nine games this season, was not involved in Chelsea's 4-0 win over Burnley on Sunday due to a back injury sustained against Manchester United.

Yet the Eagles can take solace from their performance against high-flying Arsenal last Sunday, when Palace held the Gunners to a 2-2 draw and stopped their stunning winning run.

His side spent long periods of the game without the ball but they competed against the FA Cup holders, who are yet to taste defeat this season.

Ahead of kickoff, banners with the words "GOAL AFTER GOAL, GAME AFTER GAME" and "FOREVER A BLUE, ALWAYS A LEGEND" flanked a giant image of Lampard in the Matthew Harding Stand, emblazoned with the number 211 - his peerless goal tally for Chelsea.

It was in the build up to Fabregas' first of the season that Derby felt Tom Lawrence was fouled by Davide Zappacosta, only for the Italian to take a quick throw-in and referee Jon Moss to dismiss protests.

When, after all, have Chelsea kicked off a tie with 13 of their own players on the pitch from the start, as well as their most prolific scorer overseeing the opposition from the dugout?

The Rams might have even forced something more out of the game with a little element of luck, but it was just not meant to be for them on a night, where they will probably go down as one of the best teams to have been knocked out of the competition this year.

Though left to rue a missed opportunity to reach the quarter-finals, Lampard was upbeat after the match and appreciative of the adoration he continues to receive four years after exiting Stamford Bridge.

Not the children ducking and weaving between doorways down the Fulham Road in search of Halloween candy, but Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori, Chelsea's two loanees featuring in something of an audition against their parent club. It shows testament to the boys on where we are as a team and as a group of lads.

The first Derby equaliser came from Chelsea fan Jack Marriott before another Chelsea loanee, Mason Mount, squared the ball for Martyn Waghorn to tap in. That isn't normal. I did leave out of the back door here, and that was disappointing.

The visitors made several changes after losing to Manchester City in the Premier League at Wembley 48 hours earlier but managed to carve out a two-goal lead through South Korean Son.

This could be the first game of many [for them] at Chelsea. That upset me a bit at the time, but it doesn't matter now.

Tottenham Hotspur's Spanish striker Fernando Llorente (centre) celebrates scoring his team's third goal against West Ham during the English League Cup football match.

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