Thursday 21 November 2019

Lampard hails Rams hero Marriott

Jack Marriott celebrates his winning goal at Leeds on Wednesday night
Jack Marriott celebrates his winning goal at Leeds on Wednesday night

Frank Lampard revealed he had a hunch two-goal Jack Marriott would play a starring role in his side's thrilling Sky Bet Championship play-off semi-final win at Leeds.

Marriott hauled his side level at 1-1 on the night 33 seconds after stepping off the substitutes' bench shortly before half-time.

Derby then stunned Leeds at a partisan Elland Road with further goals in the second half through Mason Mount and Harry Wilson's penalty.

Leeds responded through Stuart Dallas's second of the night, which made it 3-3 on aggregate, but Marriott's late winner sealed Derby's place at Wembley in the final.

"The Jack Marriott one is a question I get asked. I know the fans want to see him playing," said Lampard.

"Jack's been really good for us this season. I just felt in the last couple of months, in terms of what I really want from Jack, what can make him the player he was tonight, is the absolute ethic to do everything as an all-round striker.

"He's not the tallest. He's strong in terms of stockiness, but he needs to work without the ball, to have a hunger and desire constantly.

"I said to him before the game I had a feeling. I said I know you're upset, but I have a feeling that something's going to come from you today."

Lampard said his emotions after his side's victory matched anything he had felt during his playing days.

"It means such a great deal," Lampard said. "To get into the play-offs after such a great run and to go 1-0 down and do something that no team has ever done in the play-offs after losing the first leg at home.

"In terms of personal achievement, the feeling is as much as I've had in football. It's not the personal achievement of being able to win stuff at Chelsea, but in terms of how I feel right now, it's up there."

Derby's Ireland international defender Richard Keogh added: "We knew coming into it that we had to go for it.

"When they get the goal and the ball ricochets back to them, you're thinking it might not be our night.

"We get the goal and it brings us back in the game. To be honest we played great. Second half we were brilliant. Absolutely brilliant.

"These are the moments you want. To come to a stadium like this and perform like that.

"To be honest I think everyone wrote us off. I'm being totally honest. I think they wrote us off. They didn't think we could do it. This is what it's all about. To score four goals...it's raised the bar now.

"These guys have been amazing. This season has been such a great journey with everyone. We've got one more game now against a great team in Villa and the run they've been on. Credit to Leeds, they're a great team."

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