This season’s edition of the League Cup — known as the Carabao Cup for the second year running — got underway on Tuesday with the first round of games featuring all the teams from the three Football League divisions minus Swansea and Stoke. That meant plenty of involvement for Chelsea loanees, but none more so than the contingent at Derby County, playing for manager Frank Lampard.
Coming off on an absolutely trouncing at the hands of Leeds United on the weekend, Lampard was looking for a solid win against fourth division Oldham Athletic. Thanks to a first half goal from Fikayo Tomori (later changed to an own goal) and a second half goal from that man Mason Mount once again, a solid win is exactly what he got. Mount’s finish, his 9th goal in his last 10 competitive matches, was yet another classic Lampardian effort, as he picked up a loose ball in the box and found the back of the net.
Chelsea will only enter this competition in the third round, so Derby will have to win at least one more to have a chance at a fateful showdown against the Blues.
Elsewhere, Kasey Palmer got on the scoresheet for Blackburn in their 5-1 win over Carlisle United, while former highly promising prospects John Swift and Patrick Bamford found the back of the net as well. Less successful was Trevoh Chalobah’s effort from the penalty spot in the shootout for Ipswich Town, who went on to lose to Exeter.