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Lampard unhappy with performance despite 3-1 Birmingham victory

Derby County manager Frank Lampard was not all smiles during his media duties following their match against Birmingham, despite seeing his side come from behind to claim a third league victory in four games.

Three second-half goals from Mason Bennett, Harry Wilson and Jack Marriott saw the Rams to victory following a set-back early in the first half, with Birmingham’s Lukas Jutkiewicz cooly slotting home in the 10th minute.

“We were too slow on the ball and even though we were in the game, we were moving the ball too slow,” Lampard told the press after the game.

“We needed to be quicker on it and I said that in no uncertain terms and the great thing is the players took it on instantly and they changed it with their urgency in the way they played.

The win ended Birmingham’s 11-league match unbeaten run, and leaves Derby in fourth position, but ex-Chelsea midfielder Lampard chose not to focus too much on the positives.

“Birmingham are well organised and if you don’t move the ball quickly through those lines, they’ll defend all day long against you.

“There are moments when you need to do your job and my job was to get my message across but however much you do that the players are the ones that go out and do it.”

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