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Chelsea loanee with point to prove

PICTURED: Fikayo Tomori

CHELSEA LOANEE Fikayo Tomori impressed again as Frank Lampard’s Derby saw off Ipswich Town 2-0 at Pride Park.

Tomori has started Derby’s last three matches at centre back since Curtis Davies was ruled out with a hamstring injury after the Rams first game of the season against Reading and Lampard was happy with how the youngster performed.

Lampard said: “I’ve been impressed with him (Tomori) since he’s been here, and I thought today he was fantastic.”

“He stood up to an Ipswich striker that wanted to pin him and wanted to rile him on the physical side and Tomori’s stood up to that.

“We know he’s quick, but he didn’t just rely on his pace today I thought he was fantastic, physical, speed of recovery and very good on the ball, confident on the ball.”
Tomori was helped by a toothless display from Ipswich in a match with few chances for either side.

Derby started the match quicker and had the majority of possession throughout but struggled to break down a stubborn Ipswich defence, with the first half being a very even contest.

At times Rams fans became frustrated as the ball was played backwards, but Derby finally found a breakthrough in the second half from substitute Joe Ledley.

A Derby corner was only cleared to the Welshman on the edge of the Ipswich penalty area, with Ledley taking one touch to control the ball before smashing a left footed volley into the top corner of the goal.

Tom Lawrence added a fortunate second for the Rams as his free kick first deflected off the Ipswich wall before Bartosz Bialkowski in the Town goal couldn’t get a strong enough hand to the shot, watching as it flicked off his palm into the net.

Lampard was happy to see his side pick up the three points after two losses on the spin in the league and though his side deserved the victory.

“I thought we played very well, we kept moving the ball very well with patience, with quality and we deserved I think the reward of deflected goals.

“I like the way we played, we just needed more up top, more crosses into the box, more shots in and around the box and they came.”

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