Derby capable of completing turnaround – Lampard
Frank Lampard is optimistic about Derby’s chances of beating Leeds when they resume their rivalry in the Championship play-offs.
The Rams, who sealed their play-off spot on the final day of the regular season, need to overturn a 1-0 deficit from the first leg if they are to keep alive their promotion dream.
On six occasions this season Derby have come from behind to win league matches, including away at champions Norwich in December.
Lampard’s side also fought back to knock out Manchester United and Southampton in cup competitions, winning on penalties each time.
‘This year we have been a team, more so than pretty much any team, who have come back from behind and turned a negative result around into a positive one,’ said Lampard.
‘I have faith and I have belief and those results are good for that.
So tap into it, yes, but they mean nothing on Wednesday night.
‘We’ve had some big performances this season where we’ve turned around results in games and took a losing game and made it a winning game.
‘So we need to use that belief but Wednesday now is purely about application – how we prepare and our mindset and ultimately how we play on the pitch.
‘We don’t have to go crazy in a game where we’re 1-0 down at half-time.
I want the players to apply themselves exactly as they have been doing, because I have no complaints on that front, it’s just about the fine details and being a bit more composed on the ball.
‘ Derby have lost all three meetings with Leeds this season but punters using their free bet may want to back them to come out on top at Elland Road.