The stage was set and the script written and the perfect start to life in the dugout delighted Frank Lampard, a stoppage-time header from Tom Lawrence giving him all three points. He discussed having to adapt to the rollercoaster world of management and his maiden 90 minutes on the touchline proved a stern test, with his Derby County side rallying from a goal down to earn their first Championship points of the new season at Reading. Reading 1-2 Derby County: Championship opener – as it happened Read more A powerful Jon Dadi Bodvarsson header had earned Reading a well-deserved lead before Mason Mount, the on-loan Chelsea teenager, found an unlikely equaliser, on a night when not everything went exactly to plan.
It must have been a proud occasion for Lampard’s father, perched alongside Harry Redknapp – his uncle – in the stands. After a warm embrace with Paul Clement, his assistant manager at Chelsea for two years under Carlo Ancelotti, a familiar throng of photographers welcomed him on to unfamiliar ground. Parked in his technical area throughout, Lampard cut an awkward figure hands in pockets, though the echoes of “you’re just a shit Steven Gerrard” courtesy of a section of home supporters midway through a difficult first half may have brought a smile.
He acknowledged how he may be afforded a “tiny honeymoon period” with the Derby job his first but Reading refused to give his side an inch. Lampard handed debuts to two exciting youngsters,
Harry Wilson and Mount, on loan from Liverpool and Chelsea respectively, but it was Reading who made a bigger first-half dent. There were only five survivors from the Derby team that started the play-off semi-final defeat by Fulham in May but four of the back five remained, and a defensive fragility blighted them here, with Richard Keogh’s hospital pass playing his team into trouble inside six minutes, but Bodvarsson’s tame toe-poked effort was kept out by the legs of Scott Carson.