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Frank Lampard wins Derby managerial debut in final minute


NOTTINGHAM, ENGLAND - JULY 14: Manager of Derby County Frank Lampard during a Pre-Season match between Notts County and Derby County at Meadow Lane Stadium on July 14, 2018 in Nottingham, England. (Photo by Ashley Allen/Getty Images)

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Frank Lampard’s life as a manager is still very young, however, the former Chelsea midfielder got off on the right foot Friday as his Derby County side earned three points in his debut.

Trailing 1-0 entering the final half hour to Reading, Derby increased its level of play with goals from Chelsea loanee Mason Mount, followed by Tom Lawrence’s stoppage-time header in the 94th minute.

Despite the positive result and exciting manner, Lampard remained quite level-headed following his side’s Championship opener.

“I’m not a jump-up-and-down sort of person – other than when we get last-second goals,” said Lampard. “You live it, you kick every ball and you see things from the sidelines that you want to effect – this is my new job. I’m sure there’s a comedown coming somewhere because the last half an hour or hour has been incredible. I’m pleased to get the first game out of the way and the reality is, for all of the hype, I’ll get judged on results and performances; I have no illusions in that. We have to stay very level-headed.

“That’s right up there with what I’ve done in my career. That’s what I’m back in the game for. It’s not going to happen every week, I’m fully aware of that. And make no mistake, we did not deserve to win the game. But, we are a side in a slight transition with young players and we have changed the team slightly. We did have a reaction to get back into the game.“

Derby will take on Leeds United next weekend as Lampard and Co. open their home account at the Pride Park Stadium.