Chelsea legend Frank Lampard began his managerial reign with a victory as his Derby County side came from behind to beat Reading 2-1 with a last-minute goal in the Championship on Friday night.
Derby’s Tom Lawrence headed the winner in the 94th minute after teenager Mason Mount scored on the hour with a low drive to cancel out Jon Dadi Bodvarsson’s header that had put the hosts in front after 53 minutes .
“What a finish. You can call it a stroke of luck, but those things are hard-earned,” said Lampard. “It’s a last-second winner, so it’s an incredible feeling,” he added after his name rang out among the celebrating away fans at the final whistle.
“This is football and this is why I came into management — the fans at the end of the game and those celebrations, we have to savour them because that’s what hard work can get you.”
The win meant Frank Lampard got the better of counterpart Paul Clement in the opposition dugout, having worked as a player at Chelsea with the ex-Blues coach.
He will be aiming for at least a playoff spot but is under no illusions as to how tough it will be to win promotion.
“It’s a tough, tough game. We have to learn because there is loads of room for improvement,” added Lampard.