lampard calls for focus ahead of derby's clash with leeds

15:00    10 May 2019

Frank Lampard
Derby County manager Frank Lampard has focused on the job in hand ahead of the English Football League (EFL) Championship playoff first-leg against Leeds United this weekend.

The Rams head into the first-leg on Saturday in good form after they picked up 14 points from a possible 18 to claim sixth position ahead of both Middlesbrough and Bristol City.

Leeds have, however, beaten the Rams twice this season and finished the season in third position, narrowly missing out on automatic promotion.

“We must focus on the job in hand. Circuses come with big matches, so that is an achievement by the players and the club to get in the playoffs," Lampard said.

“They must keep their heads down and work, but I think those are the rules of football and particularly in these bigger moments.

"I have always gone by the mantra of staying humble before these bigger games and respect the opposition going into it," he added.

“What is important is how you prepare yourself to try and get the best performance. That is what myself and the players will be doing.”

West Bromwich Albion will take on Aston Villa in the other playoffs semi-final tie.

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