Chelsea see off Frank Lampard's Derby after chaotic first half

Mason Mount is due to play for Derby against parent club Chelsea

Derby manager Lampard, who enjoyed 13 hugely successful years as a Chelsea player, watched his side put up a courageous fight against their Premier League opponents, twice levelling the match after calamitous own goals.

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Although he recovered well, Derby lost 3-2 to Chelsea and therefore were went home empty-handed. Pedro, Olivier Giroud and Ethan Ampadu are all set to miss the contest, unless they improve on the day of the game.

Former Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas scored the winning goal for Chelsea in the 41st minute after receiving a nice pass from Davide Zappacosta for the Blues to win the match 3-2.

"Tomori and Keogh have been absolutely outstanding for us all season".

It was a mad old night, especially a chaotic, compelling first half, with Chelsea benefiting from two own goals, prompting Derby's magnificent 4,100 fans in the shed to ask politely of their hosts, "Shall we score a goal for you?"

And it is this game from which Derby can gain confidence, with the Blues switching off defensively at times.

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Essien played alongside Lampard for the Blues and expects the 40-year-old to get a huge welcome from the fans, but does not expect another cup upset.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek is now enjoying the best goalscoring spell of his career, netting in two consecutive games for the first time.

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?

Furthermore, the English midfielder has managed four goals in those two games, including a hat-trick against BATE at Stamford Bridge last week.

Derby put in an excellent display at Stamford Bridge, twice battling back from a goal behind in the first half before Cesc Fabregas grabbed what turned out to be the victor just before half-time.

The look on his manager Frank Lampard's face said it all.

"I am so happy to see so many goals being scored by different players in our last few games as well, especially from midfielders like Barkley and Loftus-Cheek, but also from (Alvaro) Morata in attack".

Chelsea are still unbeaten in domestic competition this season, and despite their potential absentees they will be looking to come through against Derby and move into the quarter final of the competition.

Undaunted, Lampard's side levelled shortly before the half-hour through Martyn Waghorn before Cesc Fabregas restored order for the Premier League high-flyers.

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