Frank Lampard praised his Derby County side after they came from 2-0 down to earn a replay in the FA Cup against Premier League side Southampton.
Lampard, who won the FA Cup four times during his playing career at Chelsea, has already caused one cup upset this season, knocking Manchester United out of the Carabao Cup, and his young side were at it again at Pride Park this afternoon.
A goal early in each half from Nathan Redmond opened up a two goal lead for Southampton, who are showing signs of improvement since the appointment of Ralph Hasenhuttl.
However, the Rams pulled the scores level through Jack Marriott and Tom Lawrence with two goals in three minutes to earn a replay on the South Coast.
Speaking after the game, Chelsea legend and current Derby boss Lampard was proud of his side’s reaction.
“The game was going away from us. We weren’t great in the first half. I don’t think Southampton were either. The game was a bit flat but our reaction to going 2-0 down was brilliant,” Lampard told BBC Sport.
“They had chances but with the last kick we were almost going through into the next round. He [Marriott] is the man I wanted on it. He took an easier chance. I have been there before. I won’t hold anything against Jack. Sometimes tension in legs makes that happen.
“It felt great [to be managing in FA Cup]. I’ve had magic in this cup. My dad won it twice. I was lucky enough to win it four times with Chelsea. The FA Cup never loses its energy for me.
“It is important for me and this club. It was special for me. I am pleased we didn’t go out on a damp squib like it looked like doing.”