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Lampard urges Derby to ‘start games better’ ahead of Leeds clash

Derby County manager Frank Lampard has urged his side to start games better as they prepare for their trip to Leeds United this weekend.

The former Chelsea midfielder has led Derby to sixth in the table with 43 points from 26 matches in the second tier. They have only won one of their last five games though and their manager is keen for his talented squad to impose themselves more and not have to depend on dramatic comebacks and late winners.

“The character side is a nice thing but at the same time we have to start games better and try and get ourselves in front,” Lampard told RamsTV.

“Games can be on a knife-edge at times and to start well and get a good position in the game is a great thing.

“Character is great, we must keep that in our game, but it must start from the first minute of the game.”

The Rams have been out of the top flight since their humiliating relegation in 2008. Lampard will be aiming to achieve the club’s third play-off finish in four years. Starting with their trip to Elland Road, he will need to see a turn around in their recent form if they are to continue their push for promotion.

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