Derby County manager Frank Lampard offered no excuses after his side’s 2-0 defeat to league leaders Leeds United at Elland Road.
The Rams have now won just once in their last five games, following this result and their manager was pulling no punches in his post match debrief.
“The best team one without a doubt. They were better than us from the first minute to the last. Defintiely below the standards we set in terms of energy but mainly on the ball we didn’t have the courage to play against the team that work hard to stop you playing. But you have to keep playing and that’s why I can’t accept.’’ Lampard told Sky Sports.
“Whether it [the ‘spying’] is a league issue or an FA issue [I don’t know] they have to deal with it, but it’s up to them. I feel wrong to talk about it in this moment because it would seem like I’m making an excuse; the performance deserves no excuses.”
The Spygate saga clearly disrupted his team’s preparations going in to this fixture, but Lampard will now have to put that behind him and look to recover quickly for this latest set back. His side are sixth in the table, just four points ahead of Nottingham Forrest, who have played a game less than their bitter rivals.