Frank Lampard has made no excuses for Derby’s comprehensive 2-0 defeat to Leeds United.
He said that the spy-gate issue was its own affair but his side’s performance deserved no excuses.
“The best team won, without a doubt. They were better than us from the first minute to the last. Definitely below the standards we set in terms of energy but mainly on the ball, we didn’t have the courage to play against the team that works hard to stop you playing. But you have to keep playing and that’s what I can’t accept.”
“The players would have felt it because they’d have felt a very tough game there against a very good team, but you have to try to play more and have more quality, because we have got more quality and we didn’t show it.”
“I think we spoke enough about it [the suspected ‘spying’] before the game, because it is a story for before the game. Regardless of the game individually, it’s an ethical question, but in terms of this game and how we played, I can’t stand here and mention anything else other than the performance – they were the better team.”
“Whether it [the suspected ‘spying’] is a league issue or an FA issue, they have to deal with it, but it’s up to them. I feel wrong to talk about it in this moment because it would seem like I’m making an excuse; the performance deserves no excuses.”
Lampard’s men are still in the top 6 with a chance to qualify for the play-offs.