There won’t have been a happier man in Elland Road last night than Derby County manager Frank Lampard, following their dramatic victory.
Derby went into the game having lost the first leg by a single goal to nil with many feeling that overturning a deficit at Elland Road would be too much for Lampard’s young charges.
The Rams though had an incredible second half and goals from Jack Marriott, Harry Wilson and Mason Mount gave them victory in the tie despite Stuart Dallas’ brace for Leeds.
Over the course of the Championship campaign, Leeds and Derby had developed a rivalry which began following Marcelo Bielsa’s now infamous Spygate affair, with the Whites getting the better of their opponents in both ties during the regular season.
As Leeds again got the better of Lampard at the iPro in the first leg, their fans penned an Oasis inspired chant urging the Derby County boss to “stop crying” following the perceived number of complaints he had over the course of the three games this season.
Leeds fans’ creativity, however, came back to haunt them following last night’s dramatic defeat, as celebratory scenes from the Derby County dressing room show.
Stop Crying Frank Lampard.
— Derby County (@dcfcofficial) May 15, 2019
Lampard and his team sang the chant amid celebrations in what must have been a hugely satisfying moment for the former Chelsea man given the stick he has had to endure from the Elland Road faithful all year.
All joking aside though, Lampard deserves a lot of praise for the excellent job he has done at the iPro this season in his first year in management.
A mixture of promising young Premier League loanees like Harry Wilson and Mason Mount and experienced Championship veterans like Richard Keogh and Martyn Waghorn has seen them reach the playoff final for the first time since the 2013/2014 season.
Lampard will be hoping that his side can put in a similar performance when they take on a promising Aston Villa side in the playoff final at Wembley on May 25th.