Chelsea knocked out Derby in the Carabao Cup fourth round as Frank Lampard’s return to Stamford Bridge as a manager ended in a dramatic defeat.
Five goals were scored in a frantic first half, including two own goals from Derby defenders Fikayo Tomori and Richard Keogh.
The Championship side came from behind twice through Jack Marriott and Martyn Waghorn.
But Cesc Fabregas slotted home four minutes before half-time for what proved to be the winner.
Derby substitute David Nugent hit the inside of the post with a minute of normal time remaining but it rebounded safely into goalkeeper Willy Caballero’s hands.
It was the worst start possible for 20-year-old Chelsea loannee Tomori, facing his parent club, who missed when attempting to clear Davide Zappacosta’s low cross, and saw the ball deflect backwards off his standing leg and into the net.
Derby striker Marriott levelled with his fourth goal in five games after Tom Huddlestone pounced on a poor pass and a slip by Chelsea centre-back Gary Cahill.
The hosts were ahead again 12 minutes later when Zappacosta’s cross was again deflected into the goal by Derby captain Keogh.
Then Waghorn – who had earlier missed a chance to make it 2-1 from Marriott’s through ball – equalised again for Derby by tapping in Mason Mount’s low cross.
Chelsea right-back Zappacosta was involved in another goal when the ball ricocheted kindly from him for Fabregas to make it 3-2.
Derby had chances in the second half as Mount, Marriott and Keogh came close, while Chelsea’s Cahill was denied from close range and Alvaro Morata had a header saved by keeper Scott Carson.
Before kick-off, a minute’s applause was held in tribute to the victims of the Saturday’s helicopter crash at Leicester City. Former Foxes boss Claudio Ranieri – who managed Chelsea from 2000 to 2004 – was at Stamford Bridge.
On-loan duo impress as Derby show fight
It was a big night for Chelsea’s two on-loan players Tomori and Mount, who were given permission to face their parent club.
Tomori’s own goal after just five minutes was greeted with encouragement from Lampard, who gestured to remain calm.
Derby responded as Marriott coolly fired an equaliser into the far corner and they did so again when Mount turned provider for Waghorn following Keogh’s own goal.
Mount showed composure when he slid an inch-perfect ball across goal and he was impressive in the second half, twice coming close to scoring.
Both loanees had a point to prove in front of Chelsea’s staff and their displays certainly did that – and also showed how the loan system can be beneficial to the Blues.
Chelsea had 70% of the possession but Derby were no bystanders with seven shots on target to the hosts’ five.
The side sixth in the Championship were a constant threat in the second half as Marriott’s drive was tipped onto the top of the net and Mount went close with a powerful long-range effort.
Keogh almost equalised in the 84th minute when Huddlestone played a sublime ball over the top and Nugent thought he had scored but saw his shot rebound off the inside of the post.
Source BBC News