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Lampard ‘proud’ despite ‘disappointing’ draw with Middlesbrough

Derby County manager Frank Lampard has stated how proud he was of his side’s performance, despite missing out on all three points in their 1-1 draw with Middlesbrough this afternoon.

The Rams took an early lead through a George Friend own goal, but Tony Pulis’ side managed to grab a point thanks to a freak Jayden Bogle own goal in the dying stages of the game.

However, Lampard admitted he is proud of the football his side produced in the match.

“I’m a bit disappointed because we played so well,” Lampard told Sky.

“That first half-an-hour of football we played there – I can’t stop thinking how good it was.

“We probably should have been two or three nil up and then we win the game.

However, despite lavishing praise on his players, Lampard acknowledges that there is work to be done and that his side need to recognise how they can improve to ensure that the same issues do not happen again.

Lampard believes they could have won more comfortably and has lamented both poor finishing and misfortune.

“We didn’t and maybe we can have a look at ourselves in terms of being clinical, but some of it was misfortune.’’ he continued.

“Hitting the post, a deflection.

But, the manager was proud of his players in the match.

“I’m proud of the players actually. It was a great, great performance.”

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