Frank Lampard says the song invented by Leeds fans to mock him over the spying saga is ‘good fun’ and his only concern is whether his Derby players can turn round their Championship play-off to reach Wembley.
Leeds supporters spent much of the second half at Pride Park singing a new chant to Oasis track Stop Crying Your Heart Out, which included the lines, ‘All of our spies are hidden away… Stop crying Frank Lampard’.
The Derby manager took it in jovial spirit but delivered a barb back referencing Leeds’s long spell in second and third tiers. ‘No of course it doesn’t bother me, it’s good fun,’ he said, smiling.
Leeds fans at Derby today 😂
“All of the spies are hidden away
Just try not to worry
You’ll beat us some day
We beat you at home
We beat you away
Stop crying frank Lampard” 🎶🎶🎵 #LUFC pic.twitter.com/wQUbxU4KJE
‘I think being a Chelsea player there was always a rivalry with Leeds. I didn’t play them that much because we were in the Premier League. But that comes with it. I certainly will take the song all day long. My worry is what the players do on the pitch.’
Lampard hopes for a better performance on Wednesday than the one his young team delivered in the 1-0 loss at Pride Park on Saturday. And he expects a febrile occasion.
‘It’s going to be a tough match, a big atmosphere,’ he said. ‘We have to be a bit more composed. I’ll back the players. I want them to come off the pitch having given everything. It’s a stadium with history. They need to rise to that. There is pressure for both teams, no matter which way you look at it.
‘Leeds were looking at automatic promotion at one point, now they’re in the play-offs. These are the matches the players, when they were young boys, were dreaming about. Not the mundane ones we can play with a lot more ease. These are the games that will define us.
‘This is far from over. We have to be at it. There is a quality and resilience in this group. I won’t get caught up in revenge. I don’t care about previous. It’s about can we get to Wembley? I’m not expecting flaky Leeds.’
The last meeting in January was shrouded in controversy after a member of Marcelo Bielsa’s staff was caught spying on Derby’s training session at Moor Farm. Derby lost the next day’s game 2-0.
‘The Elland Road game before has no bearing on this,’ Lampard said. ‘We’ve played at Stamford Bridge, Old Trafford. The lads just need to know that’s what it is. A lot of noise, pressure when we have the ball and on the referee, that’s just big football. That’s something we’ll need to deal with.
‘The Derby fans will support us, they just need to be as loud and vocal as they can be. We need to make them like that, we need to play with passion and fight. We must give everything. If we are to turn this round it will only be with absolute effort.’