Chelsea have progressed to the Carabao Cup quarter-finals with a win 3-2 over Derby County.
The Blues required two own goals from Chelsea loanee Fikayo Tomori and Richard Keogh respectively, while Cesc Fabregas also netted.
Both sets of supporters gave Derby manager Frank Lampard a huge welcome as he returned to Stamford Bridge for the first time as a coach.
His side went behind inside five minutes when Davide Zappacosta found himself in behind Scott Malone. His cross was too powerful for Tomori to deal with, and he inadvertently put his parent club into the lead.
Tom Huddlestone then picked out Jack Marriott who found space in behind Gary Cahill, and the defender slipped, allowing Marriott time to find the far post.
Zappacosta found himself in yards of space to attack down the right once again, and his cross did not disappoint. Tomori’s defensive partner Keogh could only divert into his own net and Chelsea re-established their lead.
Mason Mount has caught the eye with his goals this season, scoring five in all competitions, but he turned provider with a low, driven ball across the box and Martyn Waghorn was well placed to tap home at the far post.
Cesc Fabregas scored the decisive goal before half-time when the ball ricocheted to his feet just inside the penalty area; his shot too powerful for Rams’ goalkeeper Scott Carson.
The Blues might count themselves lucky to have avoided a penalty shootout though as Derby piled on the pressure in the closing minutes. Keogh’s strike was well saved by Willy Caballero and substitute David Nugent struck the post.
Chelsea now faces another home tie, against Bournemouth in December’s quarter-final for a place in the last four.
By Matt Wise at Stamford Bridge