Frank Lampard ready for a different taste of the Big Apple

Frank Lampard knows New York all-too well, having finished his distinguished career out playing for the city’s MLS franchise.

The former England international will get a much different New York experience when he brings his Derby side to face Rotherham on Saturday, though.

While his time at New York City FC, the sister club of Manchester City, was all Tiki-taka with the likes of David Villa and Andrea Pirlo, it will be nothing of the sort against the Millers.

The Rams have made an impressive start to life under Lampard, winning four of their opening six games, and they will be heavy favourites ahead of their visit to South Yorkshire.

But if they are to prevail they will have to stand the physical test that Paul Warne’s men are undoubtedly going to pose.

No one has scored more goals from set-pieces than the Millers so far this season, with four of their five goals coming from a first or second-phase dead ball.

Lampard might not yet had a taste of this Big Apple, but he knows what to expect.

“It is going to be a very tough game, so we need to be right at it,” he told the Derby Telegraph.

“I’ve seen a lot of them. They are very organised and have had a couple of good results.

“It will be a tough battle for us, so we have to go fully prepared.”

Lampard will have to hope that this Rams side stand up to pressure better than the one that visited the AESSEAL New York Stadium in March 2016.

In the midst of Neil Warnock’s Great Escape, it looked like Derby, managed by Darren Wassell, were going to end a three-game Millers winning run as they surged into a 3-0 lead after an hour.

But a stunning fightback saw Warnock’s side somehow take a point with three goals in the final seven minutes, with Leon Best’s equaliser sparking wild scenes of celebration.

Warnock, who went on to keep the Millers up, recorded that as his favourite result.

Another finale like that might be nice on Saturday, just without the preceding 80 minutes of pain.

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