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Frank Lampard slams controversial decision in Derby’s clash with Brentford

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Derby County manager Frank Lampard has insisted that his side should have been awarded a penalty in the Rams’s 3-3 draw with Brentford at the weekend.

The Rams were looking to pick up from where they left off after a huge 6-1 win over Rotherham United last weekend, and went ahead on three different occasions at Griffin Park through Harry Wilson and Jayden Bogle.

But the Bees pegged back Derby each time thanks to strikes from Julian Jeanvier, Neal Maupay and Said Benrahma, as both sides played out an enthralling 3-3 draw in West London.

The Rams may well have left with all three points though, when Ashley Cole was seemingly tripped inside the box in the early stages of the second half, but was then booked for simulation.

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Speaking to Derby’s official club website after the game, Lampard admitted that his side did enough to leave with all three points on Saturday afternoon, and slammed the decision to book Cole rather than being awarded a penalty.

He said: “We had the most obvious penalty that you will see all season, and we’ve had a couple of those already this season which is really frustrating because it means points.

“Ashley said to the referee ‘if you are going to book me, you are going to make a mistake because it was a clear penalty’.”

“Their players’ reactions tell the whole story. He clipped his legs clearly and I can’t believe he hasn’t given it. The referee knows he has made a mistake. If he looks back at it, it is clear as day.”

The result leaves Derby sitting 7th in the Sky Bet Championship table, two points off the top six ahead of a trip to Blackburn in midweek.

The Verdict

I share Lampard’s frustrations as it looked a blatant penalty when viewing it again.

I thought that a point was the fair result in the grand scheme of things, though Derby will be feeling desperately unlucky having not been given a penalty.

They have got to channel their frustrations and bounce back with a win in midweek.

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