Belfast Telegraph

Home Sport Football

Lampard's Derby reign off to flier after last-gasp goal

Reading 1 Derby County 2

Frank Lampard marked his first game in management with a last-gasp victory as his Derby side came from behind to beat Reading 2-1 at the Madejski.

In the opening match of the 2018-19 Championship campaign, Derby put in a poor first-half showing before Reading went ahead soon after the break when Jon Dadi Bodvarsson nodded powerfully home.

Derby drew level on the hour - with their first shot on target - when debutant Mason Mount drilled in from long distance.

And Tom Lawrence nodded in the winner deep into stoppage time, sparking wild celebrations in the away dug-out.

Former Chelsea and England midfielder Lampard arrived at Pride Park at the end of May, succeeding Gary Rowett, and took over a side that had lost in the play-off semi-finals to Fulham.

Reading finished in 20th place in the 2017-18 campaign, avoiding relegation by just three points.

But they opened promisingly, with Derby centre-back Richard Keogh having to clear from a dangerous Mo Barrow cross.

Little was seen of Derby going forward, although Lawrence saw an on-target 20-yard drive deflected wide.

They emerged rejuvenated in the second half and thought they had gone ahead soon after the restart.

Lawrence's deflected cross found David Nugent, whose header bounced into the turf and past home keeper Vito Mannone, but a flag had been raised for offside.

Reading deservedly went in front in the 52nd minute when Barrow slung over a cross from the left and Bodvarsson climbed high to nod past Scott Carson.

But the lead lasted eight minutes. Mount let fly from 25 yards and Mannone allowed the shot to squirm through his grasp.

A draw looked on the cards, but Lawrence rose to superbly head in Mason Bennett's cross in the 94th minute.

Belfast Telegraph

Daily News Headlines Newsletter

Today's news headlines, directly to your inbox.

Popular

From Belfast Telegraph