Boss impressed by Lampard

30th November 2018
First team

Graham Potter leads Swansea City to Derby County this weekend believing Frank Lampard’s team will be a tough nut to crack.

The Rams have lost two of their last three Championship matches, to Stoke and Aston Villa, but they had gone six without defeat before that.

Lampard’s men sit just outside the play-off places following their midweek reverse at the bet365 Stadium – and Potter has been impressed by the work done at Pride Park by the former England midfielder.

Lampard landed his first managerial role in the summer when he agreed to succeed Gary Rowett at Derby.

He has made a bright start to life in the dugout, with Derby winning points and plaudits in the opening portion of the Championship season.

“I think Frank Lampard has done really well there,” Potter said.

“He is an intelligent, articulate guy who has had experience at the very highest level as a player and knows the game.

“He looks to have adjusted to management in a really good way.

“Derby are going well in the Championship and they have also had a positive cup run.

“They have some young players in the team so there is also a development aspect to them.”

The Swans head to the Midlands looking for a response having lost back-to-back home games, against promotion hopefuls Norwich and West Brom.

Tom Carroll and Luciano Narsingh remain on the injured list, but Potter has no fresh concerns after the Baggies loss.

Having switched to three at the back in midweek, Potter will assess this weekend’s opponents before picking his team to face Derby.

“We are always looking at how we can carry on with our concepts – how we want to play is constant and that doesn’t change,” Potter added.

“But of course the opponents you are up against want to do certain things and that can have an impact on your team selection.”