Frank Lampard says revenge for Spygate was not Derby’s play-off motivation

Annette Crawford
May 16, 2019

That gave Derby a 4-3 aggregate victory, and the Rams will face Aston Villa in the play-off final on May 27, with the victor earning promotion to the Premier League.

"I don't care who it is against or what previous there is, it's about can we perform well enough to get to Wembley".

Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa admitted to sending members of his backroom staff to secretly gather information on Lampard's Derby team - only for one of his employees to be caught outside the Rams' training ground.

Jayden Bogle, Fikayo Tomori, Mason Mount and Scott Malone - take a bow. I haven't thought about Spygate for a long time.

Jack Marriott crushed Leeds United's promotion hopes with a late victor for Derby County at Elland Road on Wednesday night. I'm really proud of my players, they badly wanted to give a good account of themselves. "We have to enjoy the moment but now prepare for Aston Villa, but we'll be underdogs again", he said.

"The work rate through the year, players coming in, we're not there yet, I watched Villa do this [celebrate reaching the final], but the players deserve it. We've had our ups and downs this season, not least conceding seven goals to Aston Villa, but this shows if you do the right things you get the breaks".

The unidentified admin then swapped from Twitter to iTunes to play the same Oasis song Leeds fans used to laugh at Lampard, with Derby fans and fans of other teams alike all lapping up the joke in the replies.

"We began to lose control in the 44th minute", he said, after dismissing questions over his future by claiming it was not a convenient time to discuss the matter.

But Derby hit back with three quick-fire goals - one on the stroke of half-time and two in the first 13 minutes of the second half.

In the Championship, England's second tier league, the top two finishers are promoted automatically while the teams that finish third through sixth enter a four-team tournament for the final spot.

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