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Derby manager Frank Lampard left frustrated on Stamford Bridge return

Photo: PA

Frank Lampard had a night of mixed emotions as his Derby side were eliminated from the Carabao Cup by former club Chelsea.

Lampard was serenaded throughout after being denied a Stamford Bridge farewell more than four years ago as two own goals proved costly for Championship Derby in a 3-2 loss.

Chelsea's record goalscorer was frustrated Cesc Fabregas' decisive strike after 41 minutes was allowed to stand. The Rams felt there was a foul by Davide Zappacosta on Tom Lawrence in the build-up.

"The third goal was a foul. The whole stadium saw that," Lampard said.

Derby were eventual losers as Cesc Fabregas scored the winner for Chelsea. Credit: PA

"I turned round thinking we'd got the foul, then looked back and they were in our box.

"VAR should clear up the ones that go slightly wrong. It didn't."

Lampard scored a club record 211 goals in 648 appearances and 13 years at Chelsea, but left when his contract expired in June 2014, without having the chance to say goodbye.

Lampard admitted an afternoon nap - a routine retained from his playing days - had proven difficult on a surreal day.

Lampard was unhappy with Chelsea's winner. Credit: PA

He added: "It was exciting for me. Nervous and excited. It is home. Not my current home, but my home for such a long time.

"My overriding feeling is thanks to the Chelsea fans and the Derby fans and pride at the team."

Lampard refused to dwell on his departure.

He added: "I left quietly. That was the circumstances at the time. I've got no bad feelings and I've got great relationships.

Mount was allowed to play despite being on loan from Chelsea. Credit: PA

"It was nice to come back and feel it so positive."

Chelsea granted Derby special dispensation to field on loan pair Fikayo Tomori and Mason Mount against their parent club.

Tomori and Richard Keogh scored own goals, with Derby's equalisers coming from Jack Marriott and Martyn Waghorn, whose effort was set up by Mount.

Fabregas struck and Derby had chances to level again, leaving Chelsea assistant boss Gianfranco Zola to admit there was plenty of room for improvement.