Last-gasp goal gives Lampard winning start with Derby

Frank Lampard and Mason Mount

Frank Lampard and Mason Mount

FRANK Lampard admitted his side were fortunate to come away with all three points after Derby County inflicted a cruel late victor on Reading.

Mason Bennett was introduced in the second half and it was his excellent cross that was thundered into the top corner by the head of Lawrence with the final action of the game.

Lampard said: "You could see from the celebrations at the end how much that means to us all. Reading were smart, they defended as a block and they tried to stop us from playing out through the lines", Lampard said.

Mount - along with Craig Bryson and Joe Ledley - had to cover a lot of ground early in the game as the hosts looked to control proceedings, but after the break the No.8 was allowed to show what he can do with the ball at his feet.

"They caused us to be too slow on the ball and then when we gave it away to them they broke on us pretty quickly". I haven't had many days off.

"But we all know that once things get started, it's going to be all about results and that will be the important thing".

Jermaine Jenas – 50/1
GETTY Jermaine Jenas – 50/1

"I'm sorry for Reading because they really didn't deserve to lose that game for sure, but we've made our own luck today".

We all remember Alan Hansen's famous line of "You can't win anything with kids", and while Lampard's additions are sure to still be a little wet behind the ears, they will help bring in that element of youth that has been missing in recent years, and the likes of captain Curtis Davies, Richard Keogh, Joe Ledley and Tom Huddlestone are sure to integrate them into the setup, and Lampard is creating a attractive blend of youth with experience.

While a third added: "Another Lampard". When the fixture came out, I said: 'Nice first game.' And he said: 'You could have predicted it would happen. It's unusual and you can't switch off because you want to do so well, that's certainly how I feel. "You work hard and you feel a responsibility for the team that you put out".

While Reading's back line exhausted, Derby appeared invigorated going forward and the fatigue of the Royals defence allowed Bennett the space to work a cross into Lawrence.

Another wrote: "Mason Mount doing Lampard things with Lampard as coach". It [punditry] is comfortable though there is pressure because you want to do the job as best you can, but when you've been competitive for a long time as a player you miss it. The cross was out of nowhere.

"Two decent sides, two young managers with the desire to do well so really looking forward to it".

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