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 long walk west: they fled war in Syria, only to get held up in Hungary – now hundreds of refugees have set off on foot for Austria

They fled war in Syria...

...only to get stuck and sidetracked in Hungary
From The Prisoner to Mad Men, elaborate title sequences are one of the keys to a great TV series

Title sequences: From The Prisoner to Mad Men

Elaborate title sequences are one of the keys to a great TV series. But why does the art form have such a chequered history?
Giorgio Armani Beauty's fabric-inspired foundations: Get back to basics this autumn

Giorgio Armani Beauty's foundations

Sumptuous fabrics meet luscious cosmetics for this elegant look
From stowaways to Operation Stack: Life in a transcontinental lorry cab

Life from the inside of a trucker's cab

From stowaways to Operation Stack, it's a challenging time to be a trucker heading to and from the Continent
Kelis interview: The songwriter and sauce-maker on cooking for Pharrell and crying over potatoes

Kelis interview

The singer and sauce-maker on cooking for Pharrell
Refugee crisis: David Cameron lowered the flag for the dead king of Saudi Arabia - will he do the same honour for little Aylan Kurdi?

Cameron lowered the flag for the dead king of Saudi Arabia...

But will he do the same honour for little Aylan Kurdi, asks Robert Fisk
Our leaders lack courage in this refugee crisis. We are shamed by our European neighbours

Our leaders lack courage in this refugee crisis. We are shamed by our European neighbours

Humanity must be at the heart of politics, says Jeremy Corbyn
Joe Biden's 'tease tour': Could the US Vice-President be testing the water for a presidential run?

Joe Biden's 'tease tour'

Could the US Vice-President be testing the water for a presidential run?
Britain's 24-hour culture: With the 'leisured society' a distant dream we're working longer and less regular hours than ever

Britain's 24-hour culture

With the 'leisured society' a distant dream we're working longer and less regular hours than ever
Diplomacy board game: Treachery is the way to win - which makes it just like the real thing

The addictive nature of Diplomacy

Bullying, betrayal, aggression – it may be just a board game, but the family that plays Diplomacy may never look at each other in the same way again
Lady Chatterley's Lover: Racy underwear for fans of DH Lawrence's equally racy tome

Fashion: Ooh, Lady Chatterley!

Take inspiration from DH Lawrence's racy tome with equally racy underwear
8 best children's clocks

Tick-tock: 8 best children's clocks

Whether you’re teaching them to tell the time or putting the finishing touches to a nursery, there’s a ticker for that
Charlie Austin: Queens Park Rangers striker says ‘If the move is not right, I’m not going’

Charlie Austin: ‘If the move is not right, I’m not going’

After hitting 18 goals in the Premier League last season, the QPR striker was the great non-deal of transfer deadline day. But he says he'd preferred another shot at promotion
Isis profits from destruction of antiquities by selling relics to dealers - and then blowing up the buildings they come from to conceal the evidence of looting

How Isis profits from destruction of antiquities

Robert Fisk on the terrorist group's manipulation of the market to increase the price of artefacts
Labour leadership: Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea

'If we lose touch we’ll end up with two decades of the Tories'

In an exclusive interview, Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea