Derby County: Lampard says Rams reaching play-off final is a career highlight

Derby County: Lampard says Rams reaching play-off final is a career highlight

Leeds, already 1-0 up from the first leg, scored first in front of their own fans at Elland Road on Wednesday.

Derby's victory was all the more impressive given Lampard's sixth-placed side had only just scraped into the playoffs.

Asked if the taunts made him enjoy the win ever more, he revealed: "I'm not gonna lie because it is".

"So, those two are the standouts but I think by the time the final arrives, Waghorn and Nugent should be fit so maybe that little bit of experience will come into play".

Stuart Dallas broke the deadlock on the day to give Leeds the advantage.

This means that Frank Lampard's side have progressed to the final 4-3 on aggregate and will face Aston Villa at Wembley Stadium in London later this month for a place in the Premier League next season.

Marcelo Bielsa's side were clear favourites coming into the second leg of the tie, but will once again be playing Championship football following defeat.

Ambition plays its part but this is about something else and something deeper; about Histon, Sutton United, Hereford away, 6-0 at Hillsborough, Ken Bates and the League One years, GFH, Massimo Cellino, the play-off final defeats, the 14 managerial exits, the players who contributed nothing and the prospects who were sold in a long, dark tunnel which often felt like it would never end.

"We were 1-0 down (from the first leg), I said to the lads everyone had written us off", the former Chelsea and England player told Sky Sports.

"It's 1/8 for them to go through or something".

The Argentinian admitted in his post-match press conference: "As it is a painful situation, we are very disappointed, it's not necessary to analyse the game".

"The players deserve it".

"We work harder to build a modern and successful club".

"Based on what he's done this year it's important that he stays because he has been absolutely fantastic for the club", Grayson said on BBC Radio Leeds following the Derby loss.

He added: "There have been mistakes and that leads to doubts about the head coach".

"You know about this process. If the club offer me the possibility to carry on, I will listen to their proposal".

Sang to to the tune of Oasis' hit song Stop Crying Your Heart Out, this Spygate-related chant was created by Leeds fans ahead of their Championship play-off clash against Derby County this week; a game they were favourites to win.

"This is a responsibility that I have to assume". I couldn't find a solution and it's my job to find solutions.

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