Derby County 0 Chelsea 2 match report: Jose Mourinho hopes to see Steve McClaren next season as Derby handed target

The Blues recorded their 16th successive FA Cup third-round victory

the iPro stadium

Jose Mourinho doesn’t get many stress-free afternoons. His hair might be back to black were life like this every week. Even Jon Obi Mikel troubled the scorers, netting his fourth goal in 300 games as Chelsea administered some Premier League shock treatment to a team chasing promotion from the Championship.

Steve McClaren will keep Derby’s foot to the floor, of course. He did not need this lesson in football fundamentals to comprehend the scale of the task should they maintain their upward trajectory towards nirvana.

Two goals in five minutes after the break, the first a glancing header by Mikel from Willian’s free-kick, the second a typically audacious effort from Oscar, dipping his shoulder and letting fly from the right side of the area, were poor reward for the possession Chelsea enjoyed.

Mourinho knows that story. He spent the first half in a stony vigil at pitchside watching his team butcher what opportunities they fashioned. Samuel Eto’o in deceleration mode is some sight. Put clean through by Mikel the former Cameroon Express stumbled towards goal like a pub player, finally being bumped off the ball by the late-arriving Andre Wisdom.

He was not the only offender. Chelsea should have been three to the good but the ball fell to Fernando Torres, a second-half substitute for Eto’o. Talk about like for like. Torres was through on goal then tackled by the goalkeeper. Hopeless.

That Derby’s goal was a coconut shy in the second half was not surprising. When Mourinho sought a change of gear he snapped his fingers and onto the pitch stepped substitutions to the value of £82m. You could buy half the Peak District for that.

Willian and Oscar were a class above in the Chelsea midfield and then some. David Luiz, too, breaking out of defence to detonate attack after attack. For Derby, 18-year-old prospect Will Hughes looked like a sixth former who had wandered onto the wrong pitch. His midfield sidekick Jeff Hendrick was, in contrast, exceptional.  

“We played against one of the best teams not just in the Premier League but in Europe. Sometimes you can’t get near,” McClaren said. “Started well, finished well. We just had a five-minute spell for the two goals.

“Willian put in a great delivery for the first. You can’t do much about the second,” he added. “Today was about how far we have come and how far we can go. You don’t get this quality every week in the Championship. Apart from the result I could not be more delighted. 

“We have 22 games left. The players have set the standard. The fans and the players expect that every week now. This is where we want to be, playing sides like this every week. Playing in front of a 32,000-packed arena takes me back to the days I was here with Jim Smith. The players said in the dressing room, they want more of this.”

Mourinho wished McClaren well and said he hoped to see him here again next year in the league. “I’m not an expert on the Championship but Steve is doing a very good job, already in a play-off position and in a good place to get promotion,” he said. “It was difficult. In the first half we didn’t play bad but 0-0. At half-time that is a big risk. They got the message that in the second half we needed extra intensity. We played seriously. Job done against a good Championship team. The players respected their opponents. We did not need a second game.”

The only blot on the landscape was the dive by Ramires in the second half. Having cut inside Michael Keane, the Brazilian threw himself to the deck with no hope of maintaining control of the ball. Andre Marriner reached straight for the yellow card. How long before red is the preferred sanction for the offence? Maybe then the cancer can be cut from the game.

Mourinho, who condemned Luis Suarez for the same offence a week ago, made no attempt to defend his player. “If the referee was there and he decided, that is good. We are all fighting against it. I will talk to Ramires. My worry is what is happening in other leagues and cultures. I know that English teams will suffer in the Champions League and Europa League. Of this I’m certain. Here we have top referees. We are trying to attack it and they are supporting it.” 

McClaren erred on the side of diplomacy. “It was slippy. Maybe he just fell over,” the Derby manager said.

Derby (4-1-4-1) Grant 7, Forsyth, 7 Buxton, 7, Wisdon 6, Keane 6; Eustace 7 (Sammon, 71); Ward 6 (Bennett, 71), Hendrick 8, Hughes 5, Dawkins 7 (Bailey, 82); Martin 7

Chelsea (4-2-3-1) Schwarzer 6, Cole 6, Luiz 8, Cahill 7, Azpilicueta 7; Essien 6 (Hazard, 54), Mikel 7; Oscar 8 (Baker, 87), Willian 8, Ramires 7; Eto’o 5 (Torres, 63)

Match rating: 7/10

Man of the match: Oscar

Suggested Topics
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
SPONSORED FEATURES
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

The Silk Roads that trace civilisation: Long before the West rose to power, Asian pathways were connecting peoples and places

The Silk Roads that trace civilisation

Long before the West rose to power, Asian pathways were connecting peoples and places
House of Lords: Outcry as donors, fixers and MPs caught up in expenses scandal are ennobled

The honours that shame Britain

Outcry as donors, fixers and MPs caught up in expenses scandal are ennobled
When it comes to street harassment, we need to talk about race

'When it comes to street harassment, we need to talk about race'

Why are black men living the stereotypes and why are we letting them get away with it?
International Tap Festival: Forget Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers - this dancing is improvised, spontaneous and rhythmic

International Tap Festival comes to the UK

Forget Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers - this dancing is improvised, spontaneous and rhythmic
War with Isis: Is Turkey's buffer zone in Syria a matter of self-defence – or just anti-Kurd?

Turkey's buffer zone in Syria: self-defence – or just anti-Kurd?

Ankara accused of exacerbating racial division by allowing Turkmen minority to cross the border
Doris Lessing: Acclaimed novelist was kept under MI5 observation for 18 years, newly released papers show

'A subversive brothel keeper and Communist'

Acclaimed novelist Doris Lessing was kept under MI5 observation for 18 years, newly released papers show
Big Blue Live: BBC's Springwatch offshoot swaps back gardens for California's Monterey Bay

BBC heads to the Californian coast

The Big Blue Live crew is preparing for the first of three episodes on Sunday night, filming from boats, planes and an aquarium studio
Austin Bidwell: The Victorian fraudster who shook the Bank of England with the most daring forgery the world had known

Victorian fraudster who shook the Bank of England

Conman Austin Bidwell. was a heartless cad who carried out the most daring forgery the world had known
Car hacking scandal: Security designed to stop thieves hot-wiring almost every modern motor has been cracked

Car hacking scandal

Security designed to stop thieves hot-wiring almost every modern motor has been cracked
10 best placemats

Take your seat: 10 best placemats

Protect your table and dine in style with a bold new accessory
Ashes 2015: Alastair Cook not the only one to be caught in The Oval mindwarp

Cook not the only one to be caught in The Oval mindwarp

Aussie skipper Michael Clarke was lured into believing that what we witnessed at Edgbaston and Trent Bridge would continue in London, says Kevin Garside
Can Rafael Benitez get the best out of Gareth Bale at Real Madrid?

Can Benitez get the best out of Bale?

Back at the club he watched as a boy, the pressure is on Benitez to find a winning blend from Real's multiple talents. As La Liga begins, Pete Jenson asks if it will be enough to stop Barcelona
Athletics World Championships 2015: Beijing witnesses new stage in the Jessica Ennis-Hill and Katarina Johnson-Thompson heptathlon rivalry

Beijing witnesses new stage in the Jess and Kat rivalry

The last time the two British heptathletes competed, Ennis-Hill was on the way to Olympic gold and Johnson-Thompson was just a promising teenager. But a lot has happened in the following three years
Jeremy Corbyn: Joining a shrewd operator desperate for power as he visits the North East

Jeremy Corbyn interview: A shrewd operator desperate for power

His radical anti-austerity agenda has caught the imagination of the left and politically disaffected and set a staid Labour leadership election alight
Isis executes Palmyra antiquities chief: Defender of ancient city's past was killed for protecting its future

Isis executes Palmyra antiquities chief

Robert Fisk on the defender of the ancient city's past who was killed for protecting its future