The Rams opened their league campaign with a 2-2 draw at home to newly promoted Sheffield Wednesday.
Nathan Tyson got Derby off to a flying start with a goal after just 10 minutes, Roberts’ cross was flicked forwards by Ward into the kind path of Tyson who did the rest.
The second goal was a powerful header by Buxton, now Derby’s top scorer, from an excellent Coutts delivery.
O’Grady got Wednesday back in the game, twisting and turning on the edge of the area and then firing a great shot into the back of Frank Fielding’s goal.
Johnson’s goal, nodding the ball past the line, to equalise was a bit of a scramble after a cross and a few efforts to score.
Thoughts on the game
Derby looked excellent in the first half, knocking the ball around well. Will Hughes had a fine first 45, showing wonderful vision and passing ability. He always had plenty of space to receive the ball and link up with fellow Rams.
Paul Coutts was a stand out performer for me, his crossing ability is very good. When Coutts received the ball he looked positive and could carry the ball well. In my opinion, Derby have a bargain in Coutts after paying just £150,00 to Preston.
Richard Keogh had a pretty good game in the back four, he seems to be a good leader of the pack. He made some good challenges when he was called into action.
The first half was brilliant, apart from their goal. The passing, movement and shape was all in place.
The second half was poor for Derby, from start to finish. The shape was lost, less passes were strung together and our strikers ended up being a bit isolated. Bryaford, notably, had a dismal second half.
Sheffield Wednesday had a terrible first half but came out to the second well, they continued to press throughout the second period. The Rams’ midfield seemed to mostly fall apart, Bryson and Hendrick did little in the second half.
Nigel Clough’s substitutions, I have to question. On Tuesday his sub decisions helped change the game for the worse and that happened today. On 73 minutes he brought on new signing O’Connor for Tyson, who looked more confident and sharper. O’Connor didn’t really do anything when he came on. Robinson was brought on for Ward with a bout 10 minutes left, didn’t affect the game. Gjokaj came on for Hughes, which like the other subs didn’t help the game or help tactically.
Wednesday kept coming at us as the game drew to a close but we couldn’t hang on, like Tuesday. We can’t see games out, that’s essential in this division. Not seeing games out has cost us dearly so far this season, perhaps we need a cool headed midfielder to help tie the game out? Some may thing, well something certainly has to be done. Letting in goals so late can’t become a habit.
Conceding so late is incredibly frustrating, particularly when you were 2-0 up.
In other news, Conor Sammon was spotted at Pride Park today. Nigel Clough’s response was he is “watching Craig Bryson!”. It must be a done deal, Clough probably just didn’t want to say.