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Mar 5, 2019 at 7.45pm UK at Pride Park Stadium (Derby)
Attendance: 23,655
DerbyDerby County
WiganWigan Athletic
Bennett (62'), Malone (78')
FT(HT: 0-1)
Massey (25')

Bennett strike has Lampard thinking of Bale

Bennett strike has Lampard thinking of Bale
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The forward's acrobatic finish sparked Derby's comeback against Wigan.

Frank Lampard compared Mason Bennett's spectacular strike with Gareth Bale's Champions League final heroics after the forward launched Derby to a 2-1 comeback win against Wigan.

The Derby manager put the finish on a par with Bale's goal for Real Madrid against Liverpool in last season's showpiece.

It needed something special to lift Derby after Scott Malone's mistake allowed Michael Jacobs to break and set up Gavin Massey to score in the 25th minute.

Wigan were comfortable until Malone turned his and Derby's night around by crossing for Bennett to acrobatically hook the ball in from 12 yards in the 62nd minute.

It ended Derby's seven-hour goal drought in the Championship and Malone grabbed the winner by stabbing in a Jayden Bogle shot that looked to be going wide in the 78th minute.

"It's an important victory because we had lost three and when things are going against you it takes absolute character and fight and belief to get out of it and that's as proud as I've been this season," Lampard said.

"Mason's strike was incredible and I was saying the last time I felt like that at a game was the Champions League final when Gareth Bale scored the overhead kick.

"I think that goal was similar in terms of the adjustment at the last second and to score from an impossible angle is a special goal for Mason and he should savour it.

"Some cynical people will say he didn't mean it but I think he certainly did, the intention was there and his adjustment in the millisecond made that goal possible."

Lampard also hit out at what he described as "gloom and doom" following a run of four defeats in all competitions.

"This club absolutely wallows in it in different departments," he said. "There are some negative people around and very close to the club that shouldn't be like that but as a team and staff we have to be the ones that aren't."

Wigan manager Paul Cook admitted: "We are disappointed. We feel at the point of the equaliser we were at our most comfortable in the game, we had managed to weather everything.

"I haven't seen the goal back but it's either an absolutely fantastic goal or a little bit lucky, but that's football and you sensed the atmosphere in the stadium change immediately. They became buoyant and on the front foot and we couldn't see it out, it's so disappointing.

"We go home with nothing so there's nothing to be positive about for me. To maintain our status in the league we are going to have to win some games and that's the challenge for us all."

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