Zola praises Mount, Tomori performances

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Derby manager Frank Lampard received an excellent reception, but like Tomori and Mason Mount, also on loan from Chelsea, the game ended in disappointment for the Rams.

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.

Lampard said that he hoped it would prove to be the first of many Stamford Bridge appearances for Mount and fellow loanee Chelsea Fikayo Tomori, who recovered from an own goal in the fifth minute to produce an assured performance. Managed to stabilise himself in the second, but this isn't the display that will persuade Sarri to pick him over David Luiz, who eventually replaced him.

Zola defended the duo with regard to Chelsea's sloppy defending - but pulled no punches in his assessment of their poor distribution.

"It was against Chelsea, against [N'Golo] Kante, against [Cesc] Fabregas, against [Mateo] Kovacic, against world class players". When we didn't defend well, it wasn't just the defenders.

"I like him very much, because he's one of those players that has the mental speed to work out things very quickly". Unlucky Tomori. If you've watched him play a few times, you'd know he is better than Christensen. Normally the distribution from the back is better than it has been tonight. "This is probably the complaint, but we will go through this and discuss this [with them]". "But we're going to go through this and we're going to discuss it".

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Derby equalised when Jack Marriott made the most of a slip-up from Chelsea defender Gary Cahill to finish calmly into the far corner, but fell behind again as Richard Keogh poked a Davide Zappacosta cross from the right into his own net.

The Belgium worldwide came off the bench at Anfield in the previous round to score a wonder goal and set up the tie with the Rams, but he will not be repeating those heroics.

Keogh nearly equalised in the 84th minute when Tom Huddlestone played a sublime ball over the top, while Nugent thought he had scored but saw his shot rebound off the inside of the post.

Lampard gave everything to Chelsea and they gave it back, in recognition of a career that yielded 211 goals in 648 appearances, saw him lift 11 major honours and nearly win the Ballon d'Or, coming second to Ronaldinho back in 2005.

"It was more than a little bit shaky, to be honest, especially towards the end", he said.

The Belgium global, 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.

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