Derby boss Frank Lampard has poked fun at Leeds fans after their chanting in the first leg (Picture: Getty)Frank Lampard has hit back at Leeds fans who mocked him during Derby’s Championship play-off semi-final for his part in the ‘Spygate’ saga.
Leeds beat Derby 1-0 in the first leg at Pride Park and their away support could be heard singing their own version of Oasis’ classic ‘Stop Crying Your Heart Out’ to taunt Lampard during the match.
The two clubs were involved in a dispute back in January when Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa admitted to sending a member of staff to watch Derby train ahead of their 2-0 victory at Elland Road.
Lampard was particularly outspoken about Bielsa’s behaviour and Leeds were subsequently fined £200,000 for their misconduct which the Argentinian paid out of his own pocket.
Referring to Lampard’s reaction, Leeds fans on Saturday sang: ‘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.’
Lampard took the opportunity to poke fun at Leeds’ long spell away from the Premier League when asked if he was affected by the chanting at Pride Park.
‘No, of course not, it is good fun,’ he said ahead of the second leg of the semi-final on Wednesday night.
‘As a Chelsea player, there was a rivalry always with Leeds. We didn’t play them that much because we were in the Premier League, but that comes with it.
‘I will take a song all day long. My worry is what the players do on the pitch.’
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The former Chelsea midfielder is expecting a hostile atmosphere when his players walk out to face Leeds at Elland Road.
‘It is a strong atmosphere. It is Elland Road. It’s a stadium with history,’ he said.
‘I didn’t play there much myself. I played there a couple of times.
‘But I know it will be a tough atmosphere for the players, but they need to rise to that.
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He added: ‘You need to try and turn that around in a positive for us. There is pressure in this game for both teams no matter what way you look at it.
‘This is what the lads, when they were young boys, when they wanted to be football players, were dreaming about – these games, not the mundane ones we can play with a lot more ease.
‘These are the pressure ones which define us.’
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