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Jack Marriott left speechless after sending Derby through to playoff final

Jack Marriott had one of the best moments of his life as his brace in Derby’s rousing Sky Bet Championship play-off semi-final win at Leeds propelled them closer to the Premier League. The Rams forward stepped off the bench just before half-time and scored with his first touch 33 seconds later to cancel out Stuart Dallas‘ opener. Marriott’s intervention sparked Derby’s thrilling fightback. Trailing 1-0 after the home leg and 2-1 on aggregate at half-time, quickfire goals from Mason Mount and Harry Wilson put them 3-2 ahead. No words. 😝#Wembley pic.twitter.com/fjCVs4b9xN — Jack Marriott (@jackmarriott94) May 15, 2019 A second goal from Dallas levelled it up at 3-3 on aggregate, but Marriott skipped in for his decisive second to clinch the tie in front of a partisan E...

Derby County boss Frank Lampard to be next Chelsea manager?

Chelsea reportedly identify Derby County boss Frank Lampard as the man who they want to replace current head coach Maurizio Sarri. Chelsea are reportedly planning to make a summer approach for Derby County manager Frank Lampard. The Blues have finished in third place in the Premier League standings this season, while the West Londoners are also preparing to face Arsenal in the Europa League final. However, the future of Maurizio Sarri remains in doubt, and it has been suggested that the Italian will be sacked regardless of whether he ends the campaign with a trophy. According to Sport Mediaset, Chelsea have already identified club legend Lampard as the man who they wish to appoint as Sarri’s replacement. Lampard has guided Derby to the Championship playoff final, with the Rams settin...

Result: Derby County stun Leeds United to reach Championship playoff final

Derby County beat Leeds United 4-2 at Elland Road and 4-3 on aggregate to set up a Championship playoff final clash with Midlands rivals Aston Villa. Derby County have booked a place in the Championship playoff final with a remarkable 4-2 victory over Leeds United at Elland Road, recovering from a two-goal aggregate deficit to progress through 4-3 on aggregate. The Rams, trailing 1-0 from Saturday’s first leg, found themselves with a mountain to climb when Stuart Dallas found a way through 24 minutes in. County boss Frank Lampard brought on Jack Marriott towards the end of the first half, though, and that proved an inspired change as the striker kickstarted his side’s comeback following a big error at the back from Kiko Casilla and Liam Cooper. Mason Mount levelled up the tie l...

Preview: Leeds United vs. Derby County – prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews the Championship playoff semi-final second leg between Leeds United and Derby County, including team news and predicted lineups. Leeds United are in control of their Championship playoff semi-final against Derby County as they take a 1-0 lead into Wednesday’s second leg at Elland Road. Kemar Roofe scored the only goal 55 minutes into the controversial first leg in the East Midlands to leave Leeds’ destiny in their own hands. Leeds © Reuters As witnessed in the Champions League last week, and indeed in the other playoff semi-final between West Bromwich Albion and Aston Villa, a one-goal lead is hardly enough to be comfortable. Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa admitted as much after Saturday’s match, pointing out that there are still 90 more minutes to play in...

Derby boss Frank Lampard: “We’ve still got a chance”

The Rams have lost all three matches against their rivals this season. Frank Lampard insists Derby must not lose belief as they prepare for what he has called their “biggest test” of the season. The Rams travel to Elland Road on Wednesday night looking to overturn a one-goal deficit in their Championship play-off semi-final tie. To keep alive their hopes of promotion, Lampard’s side must do what they have failed to do on three previous attempts so far this campaign – beat Leeds. Marcelo Bielsa’s side did the league double over Derby – winning 4-1 and 2-0 during the regular season – before a 1-0 success in the first leg on Saturday. Lampard said: “If we work hard and play as we have done over these past weeks, we’ve still got a chance. “We just have...

Lennon doubts ‘very poor’ derby display will affect Celtic job prospects

Neil Lennon insists he does not fear Celtic’s lifeless display at Ibrox will cost him his chance of landing the Parkhead job permanently. The champions had a day to forget against Rangers as they allowed Steven Gerrard’s side to coast to a 2-0 win in the final Old Firm clash of the season. Goals from James Tavernier and Scott Arfield sent the Light Blue fans into delirium – but the defeat could yet have consequences for Lennon. Celtic interim boss Neil Lennon admits his side’s performance at Ibrox as “very poor” (Andrew Milligan/PA) The interim Hoops boss is still waiting to learn if he will be kept on beyond this month’s William Hill Scottish Cup final. The Northern Irishman was tasked with nudging the club’s triple treble push over the line when he was brought back in the wake of Brendan...

Old Firm derby at Ibrox – the key talking points

Rangers will not give champions Celtic a guard of honour. Rangers and Celtic square off in the final Old Firm showdown of the season on Sunday. Here, Press Association Sport takes a look at the big talking points ahead of the Ibrox clash. Rangers drop their guard Hopefully Rangers do the right thing and Celtic get a guard of honour at Ibrox next week… — Chris Sutton (@chris_sutton73) May 4, 2019 A host of former players have lined up to debate whether Gers should afford their bitter foes a guard of honour in the wake of Celtic clinching their eighth straight title. Pundit and ex-Celtic striker Chris Sutton sparked the row when he called on Steven Gerrard‘s team to do “the right thing”. But former Ibrox hero Alex Rae dismissed the notion as he claimed the Hoops faith...

Connor Goldson determined to triumph in Old Firm derby

Connor Goldson was blown away by his first Old Firm experience at Ibrox and now the Rangers defender hopes a repeat performance will provide a double dose of derby delight. Gers host their bitter rivals on Sunday as the Glasgow foes square off for the fourth and final time this season. So far, champions Celtic lead the way having come out on top in both Parkhead clashes but Goldson is determined to back up December’s triumph for Steven Gerrard‘s side. Ryan Jack’s strike proved the winner in the final showdown before the winter break as Ibrox erupted amid jubilant scenes. Rangers played to their maximum and got their rewards with a deserved victory, their first league win over the Hoops since 2012. Goldson was left wowed after the final whistle as he stood in front of the ...

Preview: Derby County vs. Leeds United – prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews the Championship playoff semi-final first leg between Derby and Leeds, including predictions, team news and head-to-head records. Derby County and Leeds United face off at Pride Park on Saturday evening in the first leg of their Championship playoff semi-final. The Rams finished nine points worse off than their opponents at the end of the regular season, yet they are the side in better form heading into this showdown in the East Midlands. Derby © Reuters Whereas Leeds have had a couple of weeks to gear themselves up for the playoffs, giving Marcelo Bielsa the luxury of being able to rotate his side slightly, Derby did not nail down sixth place until the final day of the campaign. A 1-1 draw with Swansea City in their penultimate game left the door open for Middlesbroug...

Derby agree deal for Aberdeen captain Graeme Shinnie

Shinnie could be playing in the Premier League next season, with the Rams involved in the play-offs. Derby have announced the signing of Aberdeen skipper Graeme Shinnie on a three-year contract. The 27-year-old Scotland international midfielder will officially complete the free transfer switch when his Dons deal expires at the end of June. Rams boss Frank Lampard told the club’s website: “Graeme will be an excellent addition to our squad for next season and beyond. “He has been an extremely consistent performer for Aberdeen. He’s someone we’ve watched very closely and we think he will fit into our squad with his ability, attitude and characteristics. “He has the rest of the season to conclude with Aberdeen but we look forward to welcoming Graeme to Derby County when he reports for pre-seas...

Frank Lampard: ‘Derby are the underdogs in playoffs’

Frank Lampard warned against reading too much into Leeds’ recent form after Derby booked a play-off semi-final tie against Marcelo Bielsa’s out-of-sorts side. The Rams’ 3-1 win over West Brom at Pride Park secured sixth place and a two-legged play-off against the Whites, who were beaten 3-2 by an Ipswich side who were already relegated and played the last 10 minutes with 10 men. “We’ll be underdogs because we came sixth,” Lampard said. “There’s a reason we’ve finished points behind Leeds, Villa and West Brom. Bosh!Play offs… Let’s have it! 🐏⚽️ pic.twitter.com/3tFzuh5a4j — Bizzle (@Masonbennett20) May 5, 2019 “The run-in has been good for us, so let’s go into it with no fear and try and upset a few people. “...

Preview: Derby County vs. West Bromwich Albion – prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews the Championship clash between promotion chasers Derby and West Brom, including predictions, team news and head-to-head records. There is plenty to play for at Pride Park on the final day of the Championship season as promotion chasers Derby County and West Bromwich Albion face off. West Brom are already assured of a playoff spot and are now jostling for position with Leeds United in third, while Derby occupy sixth place and are being chased down by two other sides. Derby © Reuters Derby had the chance to effectively kill off the playoff battle when playing their game in hand against Swansea City in midweek, only to play out a 1-1 draw in South Wales. Richard Keogh opened the scoring for the Rams a quarter of the way into the match, before Wayne Routledge popped up 66 ...

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