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Lampard confident Rams can upset Saints


Keeping faith: Derby County manager Frank Lampard
Keeping faith: Derby County manager Frank Lampard

By Sean Taylor

Frank Lampard insists his Derby team will go to Southampton believing they can cause an FA Cup upset.

The Rams have already beaten Premier League opposition away from home this season, knocking out Manchester United in the Carabao Cup in September.

Lampard's side produced an impressive comeback in the original tie 10 days ago against Saints, with goals from Jack Marriott and Tom Lawrence wiping out a two-goal deficit to earn Derby a 2-2 draw and a replay.

"You have to believe when you go to those places, if not you are half beaten before you start," said the Rams boss.

"So the no-fear factor is us going and believing in what we are doing, believing individually and collectively. We have talent and we have desire to win the game. We have shown we can match anybody.

"We love the FA Cup and it is another opportunity for us to show that we have players with the ability to match the Premier League teams."

Lampard recalled that night at Old Trafford towards the beginning of the season, where Derby came from behind to lead 2-1 and were only denied a famous victory by Marouane Fellaini's equalising goal deep into injury time. The Rams then won the subsequent penalty shootout.

• Arsenal keeper Petr Cech has decided to bring his outstanding career to a close at the end of the season.

Cech has been one of the best between the posts in the English top flight while representing London rivals Chelsea and Arsenal. The 36-year-old has made 443 Premier League appearances since he signed for Chelsea in 2004 and holds the record for the highest number of clean sheets, with 202.

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