Goals and highlights: Huddersfield 1-2 Derby County, 2019 Championship match
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So that's it from us, thanks for tuning in. It was another high-quality Championship clash to round off the opening weekend, with Phillip Cocu getting his Derby reign off to the perfect start with the three points.

You can read our match report to relive it all.

The Championship returns on Saturday. See you then!

Good night's work for Derby

For Derby and Phillip Cocu, this was a very encouraging start to the season. Following on from Frank Lampard was going to be no easy task, particularly with a lot of changes to the squad, but there were a lot of signs to suggest they will be competing for promotion once again this season.

Their pressing put Huddersfield under a lot of pressure in the first half and they moved the ball very well, with players like Tom Lawrence proving too tricky for the defence to handle.

Their inability to continue that into the second half will be a disappointment and against a more clinical side they would probably have been made to settle for a draw, but Derby can be happy with their first night’s work.

Siewert reaction

Asked by Sky Sports if Huddersfield deserved more from the game, boss Jan Siewert said:

"I would say so. We had two possibilities for the equaliser, but the way we played in the first half we gave them too much space. We made their goals which is frustrating but in the second half we had possibilities for the equaliser and there are positives for the next game."

Huddersfield positives

All three sides relegated from the Premier League have lost their opening game of the season, but there are reasons to be positive for Huddersfield even if they came away from this one without the points.

After looking a little off the pace set by Derby early on, they came back into the game well – helped by winning a penalty, converted by Karlan Grant, soon after going two goals down – and were the dominant side in the second half.

They showed their potential, particularly on the break which has been their traditional strength over the past couple of seasons. However, they only scored 22 league goals last season and you can see why as the quality in the final third failed to match what they produced elsewhere.

Cocu reaction

On man of the match Tom Lawrence, whose two goals earned Derby the win, Cocu told Sky Sports:

"He's a really talented player. His potential is incredible and his teamwork is also very good and he does his job very well. I’m happy to see him score twice. He’s an extraordinary player."

Cocu reaction

After picking up a win in his first game as Derby boss, Phillip Cocu told Sky Sports:

"I think it was a great performance today. In the first half we played great football and scored great goals, and could have scored one more.

"In the second half they pressed more and played with more risk, and we showed good character. We stepped up and worked hard as a team to get the victory."

Man of the Match

Tom Lawrence takes the man of the match award and it's fair to say that he won Derby the game. He was the brightest spark up front even before the two goals which ultimately decided the match.

The first came from a big error at the back from Tommy Elphick, but a smart lob over goalkeeper Kamil Grabara was still required. Then the second, just three minutes later, was pure class, turning onto his left foot and hitting the bottom corner from the edge of the box.

Derby may be without Harry Wilson and Mason Mount this season, but they've still got a special talent in attack if Lawrence can consistently play as he did tonight - Huddersfield just couldn't get a hold on him.


It's all over at the John Smith's Stadium, and two brilliant first-half goals from Tom Lawrence ensure that it's Derby who take the three points to start the season with a 2-1 win.

90+4' Quaner chases a long ball and fouls the defender with just a few seconds left.

90+3' Huddersfield increasingly desperate in their attempts to get the ball forward and make something happen, with no luck.

90' Four added minutes for Huddersfield to find a late leveller...

89' Final change for Huddersfield as Colin Quaner comes on for goalscorer Grant up front.

88' Youngster Jason Knight comes on for his Derby debut in place of Dowell.

87' Nice passing from Huddersfield and they win a corner. Elphick flies for the cross at the back post but can't make contact.

85' The tempo has died down a bit in the last few minutes. Huddersfield with most of the ball but Derby are staying disciplined in defence and keeping them at arms' length. Mbenza has a go from distance out of desperation but no luck.

79' Big chance for Huddersfield and Kachunga has blasted it over! Kongolo put a brilliant ball in from the left and it fell to the forward in space in the area, but he couldn't keep the shot down. That's the sort of chance they have to convert.

75' Waghorn has space down the left for Derby and boots a dangerous ball across. Grabara punches it away but clashes with Kongolo and neither has come off well from the collision.

74' First change for Derby as forward Mason Bennett takes the place of Jozefzoon. 

72' Pritchard gives the ball away to Bogle but he then loses possession. Mbenza has his first real chance to attack down the wing and wins a corner for Huddersfield.

67' Second change for Huddersfield as Elias Kachunga replaces Diakhaby in the forward line.

67' Great passing move by Derby ends with Malone swinging a cross in from the left for Waghorn, but he heads over from an awkward position.

62' Bacuna has to come off, with Isaac Mbenza taking his place in the Terriers' first substitution of the evening.

61' Bacuna pulls up after landing a little awkwardly and the Huddersfield midfielder is receiving some treatment.

57' So close from Mooy! We know he can hit them from distance and he unleashes a brilliant strike which is just a whisker away from finding the bottom corner.

55' Keogh loses the ball with a poor pass but Huddersfield can't punish the Derby captain, with Bacuna choosing to shoot from distance and failing to get close to the target.

54' Hadergjonaj is released down the right as Huddersfield again attack at speed, but there is nobody in the box to get on the end of his cross.

53' Jan Siewert has certainly had an influence at the interval for the Terriers! Derby have hardly had a whiff of the ball so far.

49' Huddersfield have come out with a lot more confidence from the half-time break. Bacuna goes on a dazzling run but can't find his pass. Grant then wins the ball back and Pritchard fires off target from distance.

47' Grant finds Bacuna with acres of space left at the back by Derby, but he's forced a little wide and the shot is blocked. From the corner, Roos makes a top save to deny Schindler at the back post from point-blank range!

46' Mooy goes down in the area as Huddersfield look to make a great start to the second half, but the free kick goes the other way.

46' We're back underway for the second half.

This has been a fantastic half of Championship football, with both sides playing well on the ball and pressing out of possession to make it an action-packed, end-to-end thriller.

Tom Lawrence has been the star so far with two great goals in the space of three minutes - the first a lob over the keeper after an error at the back and the second a quality strike from the edge of the box.

Karlan Grant converted a penalty after Kieran Dowell fouled Leandro Bacuna to bring Huddersfield back into the game, and with plenty of chances for both teams, there should be more goals to come in this one!


It's Derby who go into the break with a 2-1 lead, with Tom Lawrence's brilliant double giving them the advantage.

45+2' Top save by Grabara to get down low and deny Waghorn after Jozefzoon played the ball across.

45' Hadergjonaj intercepts a pass and Grant wins a free kick for Town. Three added minutes to be played...

42' Huddersfield press relentlessly and keeper Roos panics and swings the ball out for a corner!

41' Clarke shows the silky skills of a winger to beat his man but can't get his pass spot on for Derby. They recycle the ball but Bogle's cross is too high.

40' Lawrence is good to continue and that stoppage hasn't taken any pace out of the game! Hadergjonaj's threatening cross is cleared and Derby then attack with Jozefzoon winning a throw.

36' Great tackle by Kongolo to finally take the ball off Lawrence, who looks to have felt the challenge and receives treatment after Keogh blocks a rifle from Pritchard at the other end.

33' Waghorn sees hit shot blocked after Lawrence found Malone down the left and he cut the ball back to the striker. Brilliant pace to the game - there will be more goals in this one!

GOAL! Huddersfield 1-2 Derby

30' Grant sends the penalty to the left of keeper Roos to bring Huddersfield back into the game!


29' Bacuna is brought down in the box by Dowell after a smart turn!

27' Waghorn is fouled after Huddersfield lose possession again - the home side look off the pace being set by a blistering Derby side here.

GOAL! Huddersfield 0-2 Derby

25' Lawrence at the double! Bogle passes across the edge of the box to Lawrence and he bends a brilliant strike into the corner after putting the ball onto his left foot!

24' Pritchard bends the ball inches over the crossbar as Huddersfield look for a quick response to the opening goal.

GOAL! Huddersfield 0-1 Derby

22’ A ball over the top causes chaos as Elphick misses a header – it bounces off his shoulder and Grabara can’t claim the ball, allowing Lawrence to smartly lift the ball over the keeper and in!

20' Huddersfield getting some more time on the ball now and Diakhaby sees his strike from outside the box deflected for a corner.

15' Derby are looking the more promising side so far with Lawrence looking particularly lively, although he seems to have taken some kind of knock which will worry Rams fans.

12' Bogle makes a good run and finds Lawrence but his shot is blocked. Jozefzoon then whips a promising ball in from the right but nobody is on the end of it.

10' Huddersfield are back in the Championship and so is their intense pressing. Derby are patient on the ball though and eventually find a way forward, with Lawrence brought down again in the same position - but this time his free kick hits the wall with Dowell's follow-up also blocked.

7' Lawrence hauled down from behind by Diakhaby at the expense of a free kick. It's Lawrence who goes for it from around 30 yards, but he doesn't trouble the keeper.

3' The replays on that Lawrence shot show that the block came from Elphick's hand. Diakhaby makes a great run in behind for Huddersfield but sees his effort blocked by a great defensive effort from Keogh.

1' Lawrence has an early chance to attack a loose ball for Derby but his shot from outside the area is blocked. 

1' We're underway! Huddersfield are in their (sashless) blue and white stripes, Derby are kitted in their black reverse strip.

The teams are out on the John Smith's Stadium pitch on a sunny evening in Huddersfield. These are two sides who will have play-off ambitions after disappointments last season - who will lay down a marker in the final match of the opening weekend?

Kongolo landmark

There's a landmark for one Huddersfield player tonight as Terence Kongolo makes his 50th appearance for the club.

The Dutch international defender first signed for the club in 2018, initially on loan, from Monaco.


Some very interesting reports out of Derby ahead of the game, with the Telegraph reporting that the club have held talks with Wayne Rooney about taking on a player-coach role at the club.

Could England's record goalscorer be playing in the Championship?

Huddersfield Town fans that attend today's season opener match against Derby County will see some new things at the stadium.

A blue carpet was installed around the pitch and white seats have started to be introduced, firstly in the Fantastic Media Stand.

Derby team news
There are also two debutants in the starting line-up for the Rams, as Phillip Cocu names the team for his first game as manager. Centre-back Matt Clarke and midfielder Kieran Dowell, on loan from Brighton and Everton respectively, are in the XI.

Aberdeen addition Graeme Shinnie could also make his debut off the bench.

Huddersfield team news
The Terriers have named two debutants in their starting line-up for the season opener, with on-loan Liverpool goalkeeper Kamil Grabara wearing the gloves and Tommy Elphick, signed from Aston Villa, at centre-back for Jan Siewert's side. Three new summer additions are also on the bench, with Ryan Schofield, Herbert Bockhorn and Lewis O'Brien among the subs.
Derby line-up

Derby: Roos, Malone, Keogh, Clarke, Bogle, Huddlestone, Evans, Dowell, Jozefzoon, Waghorn, Lawrence.

Subs: Mitchell, Shinnie, Marriott, Bennett, Lowe, Davies, Knight.

Huddersfield line-up

Huddersfield: Grabara, Hadergjonaj, Elphick, Schindler, Kongolo, Hogg, Bacuna, Mooy, Diakhaby, Grant, Prichard.

Subs: Schofield, Kachunga, Bockhorn, Mbenza, Quaner, Stankovic, O'Brien.

Match preview

Kick-off is 90 minutes away as Huddersfield and Derby prepare to get their Championship campaigns underway.


For the early team news, key battles, manager thoughts and more, check out our match preview.


Keep tuned for the line-ups in around half an hour.

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Stat it up
Derby are unbeaten in their first league match of the season in the last 10 seasons (W5 D5 L0), last losing in August 2008 against Doncaster Rovers.
Derby County team news
Derby have two players out with thigh injuries in Jack Marriott and Duane Holmes. 

Andre Wisdom (knee), Craig Forsyth (knee), Scott Carson (groin) and George Thorne (calf) are all missing.

New signings Graeme Shinnie and Kieran Dowell are both available for selection.

Huddersfield new signings
However, Huddersfield's new signings will all be available: Tommy Elphick, Reece Brown, Josh Koroma, Herbert Bockhorn, Isaac Mbenza and Kamil Grabara.
Huddersfield team news
The Terriers will be without striker Steve Mounie. He's only just returned to the club after international duty with Benin.

Also unavailable is Demeaco Duhaney with a hamstring problem. 

Huddersfield back in the Championship
After gaining headlines because of a PaddyPower #SaveOurShirt stunt in pre-season, Huddersfield are now looking to solidify themselves and build a platform for future promotion.
Huddersfield nightmare season
It was a terrible campaign for Huddersfield in their second season in the top flight. They were relegated with a month to go having been one of the worst sides the league has ever seen.
Stat it up
All three league meetings between Huddersfield and Derby in their first league matches of a campaign have ended as draws, in 1947, 1958 and 1962.
Derby have lost loan stars
Players like Mason Mount who were vital for Derby under Lampard have returned to their parent clubs leaving Cocu with a difficult challenge. Around half of the starting XI have returned to their clubs or left Derby. It's a new team.
Derby last year
Derby came excruciatingly close to Premier League promotion last season after a memorable play-off semi-final victory against Marcelo Bielsa's Leeds United. Frank Lampard couldn't guide his side to ultimate glory and then left in the summer to join Chelsea. Philip Cocu, the former PSV Eindhoven boss, has replaced him and will try to go one step further than Lampard manager.
Football is back
It's the first weekend of the 2019/20 Football League season and we've seen plenty of great action already. Things wrap up from these first couple of days tonight with Derby's trip to Huddersfield as two teams focus on starting a play-off bid early on.
Kick-off time
The Huddersfield Town vs Derby County game will be played at the John Smith's Stadium, in Huddersfield, England. The kick-off is scheduled for 19:45 BST.
Welcome to live commentary
Welcome to VAVEL.com's LIVE coverage of the 2019 Championship game: Huddersfield Town vs Derby County!

My name is Harry Robinson and I'll be your host for this game right up until kick-off. We will provide you with pre-game analysis, team updates, and news as it happens live here on VAVEL.