REPORT: Defensive errors costly for Derby as they are held to a draw by Huddersfield

Updated: Feb 16, 2020

Derby County were forced to share the spoils with Huddersfield Town at Pride Park, following a 1-1 draw at Pride Park.

Tom Lawrence scored a thunderous strike to put the Rams a goal up following a neat set-piece in the second half, the third time the Welshman scored against the Terriers this season.

However, the home side found themselves victims of their own downfall once again, as sub Jayden Bogle’s misplaced header and poor defending allowed Harry Toffolo to smash home from close-range to give the away side a point late on.

The first half was a quiet affair. Danny Cowley’s Huddersfield setup well to press Derby and stifle the home side as best as possible as well as stoppages in play and poor weather stopping either side from hitting their stride in the opening 45.

The away side then started the second half the stronger. Just two minutes into the half, Frazier Campbell struck the post after unleashing a thunderous strike to put the Rams on the back foot. The Terriers continued to enjoy a large share of the possession in the Derby half in the opening stages of the second half but were unable to push for an opener.

Then, just after the hour mark in the game, Derby took the lead. A neat set-piece routine from Rooney and Shinnie picked out Lawrence at the edge of the box. The Welshman then let fire from 25-yards, a thunderous strike that Lossl couldn’t stop rippling the net.

The Rams had a chance to quickly double the lead. Andre Wisdom’s teasing cross found the head of Martyn Waghorn. The forward managed to direct it on target, but Lossl made a fantastic stop from close-range to deny the striker.

However, with less than ten minutes remaining, Huddersfield drew level. Toffolo picked up the ball from a poor Bogle header before driving at the full-back and working his way into the box. The former Lincoln player, who joined the Terriers in January, took aim from close-range and beat Roos with relative ease.

It could have been a whirlwind comeback just a few moments later. The visitor’s latched onto a loose ball and sent substitute Steve Mounie through on goal but Roos managed to direct the shot off target to make sure the Rams took at least a point from the game.

Derby County: Roos, Wisdom (Bogle, 79), Davies, Clarke, Forsyth, Bird, Rooney (C), Waghorn, Holmes (Shinnie, 29), Lawrence, Martin (Marriott, 62).

Huddersfield Town: Lossl, Simpson (Willock, 80), Schindler (C), Stearman, Toffolo, Hogg, King (Smith-Rowe, 74), Kachunga, O’Brien, Bacuna, Campbell (Mounie, 74).

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