Frank Lampard rubs salt in Leeds wounds with play-off celebration

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Derby County manager Frank Lampard celebrated beating Leeds United on Wednesday in the best way possible - by singing a chant created by the Leeds fans about him.

The Rams defied the odds to reach the Championship play-off final, becoming the first team in history to lose a home first leg but still reach Wembley.

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Lampard was taunted throughout the two games with the Whites, with the Leeds fans telling the former Chelsea man ‘to stop crying’ - hinting at the 40 year old’s anger at the ‘spy-gate’ scandal which erupted earlier in the season.

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Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa sent a member of his backroom staff to spy on a Derby training sessions ahead of their meeting in January, a move Lampard branded ‘unethical’.

Derby midfielder Duane Holmes captured Lampard’s celebration on his phone in the away changing room after the game.

The former Chelsea and England star led the chorus of ‘Stop crying Frank Lampard’, before he is seen jumping up and down with the players.

Frank Lampard of Derby County during the Sky Bet Championship Play-off Semi Final, second leg match between Leeds United and Derby County.
Frank Lampard of Derby County during the Sky Bet Championship Play-off Semi Final, second leg match between Leeds United and Derby County.

Lampard certainly didn’t hold back following the full-time whistle. He interrupted a Sky Sports interview with midfielder Mason Mount to shout, ‘we are not done yet’ to the on-loan Chelsea player.

In his post-match press conference, he played down the impact of spy-gate being a motivation for his side’s win. He explained: “We weren’t crying over the spying incident, I haven’t thought about that in a long time.”

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.

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 natural thing is in the first half is that we should have finished the first half with one or two more goals.”

The 63-year-old also commented on his own future saying: “It is not convenient to talk about this right now, if the club offers me the possibility to carry on, I will listen to their proposal.”

Derby will contest the Championship play-off final with Aston Villa for a place in the Premier League on Monday 27th May.

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