THERE was a moment when Shaun Derry was about to exchange shirts with Frank Lampard after QPR’s fractious 1-0 win against the fierce rivals yesterday.
But having dogged the Blues midfielder all afternoon, including a spat that got both booked – Derry thought better of it.
In fact, the man making his 600 th senior appearance was happy to swap an empty trophy case for the memory of Rangers first win over Chelsea in 16 years.
Not since Kevin Gallen, incidentally watching from the stands, netted in April 2005 for another 1-0 win, have Rangers beaten the millionaires from across Hammersmith & Fulham borough, and Derry is delighted for the fans.
“Everyone in our camp have got the bragging rights today, Monday,” he said.
“Let me say, it was an absolute pleasure to be on the same pitch as Frank Lampard, and I had my shirt in my hand at the end, but that was pushing it. I’m not really that sort of player.
“We put them pressure in the right areas – and that was our game plan.
“These top, top players are not used to losing to teams of our stature, and it showed at times when they were losing their heads.”
Chelsea were down to nine by the end of the first half following dismissals for Jose Bosingwa and Didier Drogba , and had seven booked to Rangers two that included Derry.
Needless to say, the midfielder reckoned referee Chris Foy was spot on as he brandished the cards.
He added: “The ref reffed it superbly, and yeah, it was encouraging to see them moaning. It showed we were doing our job.”