‘It was blatantly a foul’: Frank Lampard hits out at VAR for missing a foul in the build up to Chelsea’s winner… but the Derby manager is thankful for his reception from home support
- Chelsea beat Derby 3-2 to progress to the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup
- Frank Lampard said VAR should have picked up a foul before Chelsea’s winner
- Cesc Fabregas scored the winning goal in the 41st minute on Wednesday night
- The Rams boss was thankful for the reception he received from the home fans
Frank Lampard hit out at the VAR after a clear foul in the build up to Chelsea’s winner over Derby went undetected on Wednesday night.
Cesc Fabregas smashed Chelsea 3-2 in front shortly before half-time, despite an obvious shove by Davide Zappacosta on Tom Lawrence in front of the linesman in the build-up.
Instead of giving Derby a free-kick, Chelsea were awarded a throw-in, from which Fabregas hit the winner.
Frank Lampard criticised VAR for missing a foul in the build up to Chelsea’s winning goal
Davide Zappacosta shoved Tom Lawrence in the back in the build up to Chelsea’s winner
Lawrence falls to the ground just inches away from the linesman at Stamford Bridge
However, a throw-in to Chelsea was awarded, which led to Cesc Fabregas’ all-important goal
Lampard said: ‘The fourth official said it was off the pitch. The VAR looked at it. I’ve looked at it and the ball wasn’t off the pitch, the foul wasn’t off the pitch, so it was blatantly a foul.
‘I turned round thinking we’d got the foul, then looked back and they were in our box. VAR should clear up the ones that go slightly wrong. It didn’t tonight.’
It cost Derby a chance of a second straight upset after beating Manchester United in the third round.
Fabregas powered home the winner in the 41st minute on Wednesday at Stamford Bridge
The Rams manager was thankful for the reception he received from the home support
They twice fought back though Jack Marriott and Martyn Waghorn after Fikayo Tomori and Richard Keogh own goals but couldn’t capitalise on a late onslaught.
The defeat came amid enormous Chelsea support for Lampard at the club where he spent 13 years.
He said: ‘I really appreciate the fans, and I said thank you to them at the end. I did leave out of the back door here, and that was disappointing. But I walked in the front door here and got that reception. I’m a lucky man to get support at both ends.’
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