‘We have a huge test’ - Frank Lampard a big fan of resurgent Norwich City

PUBLISHED: 11:19 02 October 2018 | UPDATED: 16:35 02 October 2018

Frank Lampard wants Derby County to bounce back from a weekend defeat at Bolton ahead of Norwich City's visit Picture: PA

Frank Lampard wants Derby County to bounce back from a weekend defeat at Bolton ahead of Norwich City's visit Picture: PA

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Derby County chief Frank Lampard insists the Rams will have to be at their best to halt the Canaries.

Daniel Farke’s squad head to Pride Park on Wednesday aiming to extend a seven-match unbeaten run.

“They are in great form. Winning games, jumping up the table and they will come here confident,” he said. “Just like Brentford did. It is up to us. If we are at it and we bring that energy and quality to the table we will back ourselves. We have a huge test - in form team, good players, good manager, who want to play good football.

“It should provide an entertaining game.”

Lampard’s promotion contenders slipped up 1-0 at Bolton at the weekend and have also lost to Rotherham in the early weeks of the new campaign alongside eye-catching League Cup progress.

“It was a bit different to the Rotherham defeat. We knew what we going to come up against and we didn’t deal with things. That wasn’t the case at Bolton,” said Lampard, speaking to Derby’s official site. “We controlled the game and they scored against the run of play.

“Then we had 75pc possession, 17 or so shots. A team like Bolton will defend and make it hard for you.

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“I can’t fault the desire and effort of the lads or the commitment to the cause but our quality wasn’t quite there. We weren’t clinical enough in the final third to break lines. It shouldn’t break our stride. We had a great week before that and let’s keep on the same path.

“Days like Bolton might happen. Playing how we do is difficult to unlock teams.

“Once they have a goal it is difficult. We go back to basics.

“If we play that way, we’ll be fine. We just need to eradicate moments of inconsistency because in the Championship you get punished.”

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