Frank Lampard’s Derby County side produced a fantastic comeback at Pride Park as Jack Marriott and Tom Lawrence salvaged a replay with two goals in three minutes in the second half. Nathan Redmond fired the visitors ahead, but Derby were never completely out of this one.
Derby County: Roos, Bogle, Keogh (C), Tomori, Lowe, Bryson, Evans, Bird, Holmes, Marriott, Lawrence. Substitutes: Carson, Huddlestone, Jozefzoon, Mount, Nugent, Waghorn, Wisdom.
Southampton: Gunn, Targett, Vestergaard, Stephens, Soares, Elyounoussi, Slattery, Ward-Prowse (C), Redmond, Austin, Long. Substitutes: McCarthy, Barnes, Bednarek, Johnson, Ramsay, Romeu, Valery.
In the first 45 minutes, the away side got off to a perfect start as Nathan Redmond’s strike was deflected past a stranded Kelle Roos to give the visitors an early lead. Despite going behind early on, the hosts really started to come back into the game, Tom Lawrence managed to create a few openings, but they came to no avail. On the half-hour mark, 18-year old Max Bird produced a delightful ball over to Jack Marriott, who crossed the ball into Duane Holmes, but Holmes was unable to connect with the cross.
Just five minutes later, Angus Gunn was called into action as Jack Marriott once again got in and behind the Southampton back line, Marriott played in Duane Holmes who was denied by Gunn who pulled off an impressive save. As the teams went in for half-time, Frank Lampard’s side were impressive depite being behind at the break.
Despite not really creating many opportunities in the first 45 minutes, the away side doubled their advantage as Nathan Redmond doubled his tally for the afternoon. Redmond cut inside the Derby defence as he piled a stunning curling effort into the top far corner. Following Southampton’s second goal of the game, Frank Lampard deciding to make his first change of the afternoon as Max Bird made way for David Nugent.
On 58 minutes, Derby firmly fired themselves back into the match as Tom Lawrence turned provider as he set up Jack Marriott with a superb flick, Marriott fired the ball in =to the bottom corner with a delightful strike to reduce the deficit. The momentum and the atmosphere around Pride Park really transferred onto the pitch as Derby continued to press for an equaliser.
Just three minutes after finding their first goal of the afternoon, the home side found themselves level as it was Jack Marriott this time who turned provider for Tom Lawrence who found the corner with a stunning strike to fire Frank Lampard’s side level. Over the course of the afternoon, Lawrence and Marriott linked superbly in and behind the Southampton back line.
Just minutes after Derby managed to salvage an equaliser, Southampton almost regained the lead as Elyounoussi found himself unmarked in the box, but was unable to steer his headed effort beyond Kelle Roos. Roos was once again called into action in the dying embers of the game as he got down brilliantly to deny Nathan Redmond a hat-trick. In the final kick of the match, Jack Marriott had a golden opportunity to snatch a last-gasp victory for the home side, but he fired over, much to the dismay of the home faithful.
As Frank Lampard faced the media following the draw, the Derby County manager was proud of his sides resilience to come back from 2-0 behind: “There wasn’t any great quality in the first half, so our reaction was brilliant with our desire and the basics of football. I’m happy.”
Lampard on the replay: “We should embrace it, with the young squad that we have, they should all want to play at Premier League grounds.”
The Derby County manager also had some positive feedback towards Tom Lawrence: “I believe that he (Tom) has all the attributes to play at the top level. I see a work ethic and I know that he’s going to give everything. I was delighted for him.”