The Warm Down : Derby County comfortably defeat Huddersfield Town
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Wayne Rooney's Derby County were victors on Tuesday night against Huddersfield Town, in what proved to be a relatively uneventful game at Pride Park.

Goals either side of half time from George Edmundson and Martyn Waghorn were enough for the Rams, who were never really troubled by the visiting Huddersfield Town on the evening.

The victory saw Derby leapfrog Huddersfield in the league standings and open up a eight point gap between themselves and Rotherham United who currently occupy the last spot in the relegation zone in 22nd.

In spite of the match being uneventful there were some significant talking points, here are some reflections to take out of the encounter.

Relief for Waghorn

There won't have been a more relieved figure at Pride Park last night than striker Martyn Waghorn, who ended his painfully long goal drought that has stretched from the first game of the season.

The former Ipswich Town striker netted his second goal of the season last night and his 65th minute strike may allow him to regain his confidence.

A proven striker at the this level, a confident Waghorn would prove to be a real threat to Derby's upcoming opponents, and he could prove to be another handy piece of weaponry at the ammunition of manager Wayne Rooney.

Missed opportunity for Brown

A disappointing evening for Huddersfield Town was capped off with the late dismissal of left back Jaden Brown, for a second bookable offence. Two extremely late tackles were both penalised for Brown who came off the bench on the evening.

With first choice left back Harry Toffolo injured, tonight was a glorious chance for the former Tottenham Hotspur youngster to stake his claim to head coach Carlos Corberan.

Instead the 22-year-old will miss the Terriers trip to Lancashire to face Preston North End on Saturday with suspension, and you can't help but feel the opportunity he had has quickly evaporated. With the English defender failing to make any sort of impression on Corberan on the night. 

Significant switch in the league standings

In the aftermath of Derby's victory, the Rams have climbed above Huddersfield in the league table, in what could prove to be a significant switch of places.

The result sees Derby climb up to 18th in the table as they start to open up a healthy gap between themselves and the relegation spots, while Huddersfield slip down the standings once again, and are starting to find themselves in a precarious position.

While we will only figure out in the future just how significant this result could prove to be, it seems very clear that these sides are heading in very different directions, with the Rams heading towards mid-table and the Terriers sliding very quickly in to a relegation fight.


To conclude, tonight's encounter at Pride Park wasn't the most thrilling with neither side at their best.

Nonetheless, Derby never really looked uncomfortable in the game and were worthy winners, against a lacklustre Huddersfield in Derbyshire.

This triumph could prove to be a significant one for Wayne Rooney, who has now established clear daylight between himself and the relegation standings at Derby, as they punished Carlos Corberan's Huddersfield who failed to take any momentum out of their victory over the weekend.