Jody Morris explains how Frank Lampard is dealing with his first true test in charge of Chelsea

When Frank Lampard stepped into the press conference room at the Amex Stadium following another two points dropped against Brighton & Hove Albion on New Year’s Day, the frustration was instantly recognisable.

Four days previous, after the comeback away to Arsenal, the Chelsea head coach spoke about how he is such a deep thinker and often questions his own decisions.

This, unquestionably, is his toughest spell yet in charge of the team as his players struggle to find consistency – producing impressive wins at the Emirates and away to Tottenham along with lethargic showings in defeats to struggling sides such as Bournemouth and Southampton.

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Yet for Jody Morris, his assistant coach who stepped in to give yesterday’s press conference to preview Sunday’s FA Cup third round game against Nottingham Forest, the current challenge is nothing new.

The pair experienced difficult times at Derby County last season, too, ultimately guiding the Rams to the play-off final where they lost to Aston Villa.

“The results would maybe point towards it being maybe his first major test as a manager, but we have had moments when we have been winning games where we have been just as frustrated,” Morris said.

“He is is one of those who lives and breathes it, only last night you will get a text message saying look at this look at that, as I said he is passionate about improving players, passionate about winning.

“It’s not just the results that maybe you would think he is maybe getting a little bit frustrated by. There were times I remember at Derby when we were winning games but certain things were not being carried out that we were asking for.

“So yeah he is a deep thinker and he wants to come up with ways that players individually and as a group can improve.

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