Marcelo Bielsa might have been able to tell everyone this before the game but penalties were required to separate Southampton and Derby in their third-round FA Cup replay. It was Frank Lampard’s side who held their nerve and go through to face Accrington Stanley in the fourth round after Nathan Redmond was the only man to miss in the shootout, the winning kick struck home by the unlikely figure of Richard Keogh.
“Ready for my presentation everyone?” said Lampard as he walked into his post-match press conference, making light of Bielsa’s extraordinary 70-minute press conference earlier on Wednesday, in which he revealed he had not only Derby’s training sessions watched but every team they have faced this season.
When it was put to him that Bielsa gave the impression he knew more about Derby than their own manager, Lampard said: “Well‚ he gave an impression of himself. I haven’t seen Pep Guardiola give that. I haven’t seen Jürgen Klopp give that. Pochettino give that. They do that sort of thing behind closed doors but they don’t do it to the public. It surprised me, definitely. It’s incredible.”
Back at St Mary’s, Derby repeated the trick of the first game, coming from 2-0 behind once more to force extra time and ultimately spot-kicks. Southampton surely thought they had a fourth-round place in the bag after goals from Stuart Armstrong and Redmond, only for the Liverpool loanee, Harry Wilson, to inspire Derby’s comeback, firstly with a goal of his own, then by crossing for Martyn Waghorn to equalise. “I think if you have a 2-0 lead twice over Derby and can’t winthe game,” said Ralph Hasenhüttl, “you don’t deserve to be in the next round.”
The first half was a pretty grim exhibition but, when good bits of football did poke through the mist of mediocrity, they were from Derby. One delicious move involved a Matthias Sammer-