31/10/2018 7:45 pm
Referee: Jonathan Moss
|Tomori (OG) 5, Keogh (OG) 21, Fabregas 41||Marriott 9, Waghorn 26|
The Rams will be looking to claim another Premiership scalp in this evening’s Carabao Cup 4th Round and progress to the quarter-finals, but the journey will be a hard one at Stamford Bridge.
The Rams keep the same team that drew with Middlesbrough at the weekend and Chelsea have paid the Rams a huge compliment by picking a very strong team.
Frank Lampard receives a heroes welcome from the Chelsea crowd, will they still be so warm at the end of this game if Derby does the unthinkable and win.
The 5th minute and a poor low cross is turned into his own net by Tomori, the Chelsea loanee, the second time a Rams defender has scored in his own net in the last four days.
The 9th minute and a ball through by Tom Huddlestone finds Jack Marriott who takes the ball into the area and slots it across the keeper into the bottom corner
17th Minute and a through ball by Marriott puts Waghorn clean through but the spinning ball held up on the pitch and Waghorn, trying to get the ball on his left foot managed to get his feet tangled and the chance was gone.
21st minute and a neat move by Chelsea down their right-hand wing results in the cross being diverted into his own goal by skipper Richard Keogh, making the last three goals conceded by the Rams have been by their own team.
26 minutes and a throw-in goes to Mason Mount, his beautiful pass across the goal is met by Martyn Waghorn. The goal making up for his earlier miss.
With half-time approaching the Rams thought a free kick should have been given after Tom Lawrence was felled on the by-line, the resulting ball into the box came to Fabregas who became the first Chelsea player to have a shot on target and to put Chelsea 3-2 up.
Halftime and the Rams still complain about the barge in the back of Lawrence but the scores tell us Chelsea have a slender lead and an exciting second half in prospect.
Second half starts and no changes by either manager and Derby must now chase the game against a free-flowing Chelsea side. The traveling Rams fans make themselves heard as they urge on Derby and the Chelsea faithful continue to chant Frank Lampard’s name.
On the hour mark, the Rams put a neat move together but the possession is still heavily in favour of Chelsea and Masson Bennett comes on for Waghorn.
67 minutes and a sublime through ball from Tom Huddlestone is pounced on by Jack Marriott, his run ending in a blistering shot which the Chelsea keeper palms on to the roof of his net.
In the 76th minute, the game continues to ebb and flow but no real goalscoring chances for either team and Derby are still in this tie if only they can find the telling pass at the right moment.
81st minute and Nugent replaces Wilson and Forsyth comes on for Malone and almost immediately the Rams are on the attack a foul on Bogel in the corner gives the Rams hope and the ball is played in and Richard Keogh almost capitalises but the defender can’t steer the ball past two defenders and the keeper.
In the 88th minute a through ball from Marriott found David Nugent his shot beats the keeper but for luckless Derby, it hits the post and rebounds into the keeper’s arms.
Three minutes of time added on and Chelsea hang on to the goal scored by Fabregas and go through to the Carabao Cup Quarter finals.