Today The Rams lost their unbeaten home record to Burnley through a brace from in-form striker Charlie Austin.
Derby dominated from the off, a couple of chances were put wide early on. The good passing continued when John Brayford got ahead of his marker, only to be fouled denying Brayford the opportunity to shoot. No penalty was given but it certainly looked like it was from the stands.
Barely a minute after Derby’s strong penalty appeals Hendrick passed the ball to Jamie Ward, who hit a low volley into the corner of Lee Grant’s goal.
Soon after summer signing Conor Sammon had a chance that went begging as The Rams continued to pile the pressure on Burnley.
Totally against the run of play the Lancashire side got themselves on level terms, Charlie Austin fired home past Fielding. The game changed a lot after that goal, Burnley saw much more of the ball.
The second half was predominately dominated by The Rams, who missed a number of chances. Derby were made to pay for those chances as Charlie Austin snuck in at the back post to snatch a win for The Clarets on 89 minutes.
Missed chances was the story of the afternoon for Nigel Clough’s side, who’s domination of most of the game was encouraging but not the missed chances.
The passing and high pressure was good but the amount of chances missed was ridiculous, Hendrick’s header one of them. Sammon received a lot of stick from the stands for his misses. The former-Wigan striker got himself in some brilliant positions but just couldn’t score. Let’s give him some time, he must still be getting used to playing week in week out.
Will Hughes didn’t have as good a game as he has in some of his previous outings this season, he came off early after indicating to the bench that he was quite tired. Paul Coutts played well, he was at the forefront of Derby’s creative attacks.
I believe Frank Fielding was at fault for Burnley’s winner, he should have come out and claimed the ball before it even had the chance to reach Charlie Austin.
I was quite pleased with Clough’s line up, he brought in Buxton for O’Connor. Buxton offered Derby a more physical figure in the back four. I must question his changes during the game, his subs were a bit too late. Clearly nothing was going for Sammon with so many missed opportunities but it took Clough ’till the 80th minute to take him off for Theo Robinson. Robinson was quite lively when introduced, putting himself about a bit.
Craig Bryson was an engine again in Derby’s midfield. John Brayford also had a decent game too, getting forwarded well.
I thought the chants about Jason Shackell, returning to Pride Park for the first time since his summer move, were inappropriate. We don’t even know if those rumours are true and he was always brilliant in a Rams shirt.