Derby County put Huddersfield Town out their misery after a less than convincing performance at Pride Park on Tuesday evening. The Terriers came into the game looking for their first back-to-back wins since December.
The pedestrian performance, a total contrast to their last outing, after Town upset the odds to beat Swansea City at the John Smith Stadium. Finding themselves behind, the Terriers looked for results to go in their favour towards to bottom end of the table, to prevent themselves free falling further into the drop zone.
Ryan Schofield: 6/10 - Not helped by the Huddersfield back line in his favour, the Town keeper had a very difficult night. Failing to get on the end of the corner led to the first mistake, with an error from Fraizer Campbell following, leading to Derby going ahead. Nothing Schofield could do to prevent that one, but this was self inflicted in certain aspects as he failed to deal with the initial cross which should have been cleared in truth.
Naby Sarr: 5.5/10 - Sarr had a poor performance all round, at fault for the second goal although Richard Keogh had a play to part too. Not closing down all game, Derby played through the lines at ease and were gifted with edgy defending by the number 23. Sarr is one of Town's bright sparks on his day but failed to prove his worth against a Derby side who wanted it more overall.
Richard Keogh 5.5/10 - The veteran failed to stamp his authority against his former club. Not closing down alongside Sarr for Martin Waghorn's second. He was quiet all game but very ineffective looking awkward on the ball during the game. Bringing experience to the table, much more was expected from the 34 year-old on the evening. Some might say he should have known the dangers of his former club. But the centre back didn't experience much joy at all against his previous counterparts.
Demeaco Duhaney 6.5/10 - A talented individual at the back he looked the much more efficient, at the heart of the defence. Although Town were defeated he offered much more improvisation and completed various neat passes linking play up very nicely. His performance showed a great deal of spark which could have put him in future contention under manager Carlos Corberan for the remainder of the season.
Aaron Rowe 6.5/10 - The youngster was instrumental in midfield showing why he should be picked regularly. Although it was not the best of games to be involved in, the young man showed his composure in set situations. A highly rated player in his youth nurtured through the academy system, he showed his qualities on the ball. No doubt he will be on end of better results in his foreseeable career, if he performs consistently week in week out.
Lewis O'Brien 5/10 - The midfielder looked out of sorts lacking ideas as one of the regulars in the team. He struggled to dominate areas and pick up the necessary pockets to trouble the opposition, making a small mistake in the build up to Derby's opening goal. The number eight could not influence proceedings as he battled on to make a fist of the tie, just before Martyn Waghorn netted Derby's second tilting the contest in the Rams' favour.
Alex Vallejo 7/10 - Alongside Juninho Bacuna he enjoyed a calm game, although couldn't provide the killer pass to supply the attacking forwards. Slotting in nicely in a five man midfield he looked to be aggressive but also tracked back when necessary to hold off the opposition, negating play in the centre of the park. Although the result didn't represent his performance, he was one of the better players.
Juninho Bacuna 6/10 - Known for running at the heart of defences, that exactly what Bacuna did. Looking to take on and exploit spaces he looked dangerous but couldn't find the end product during the 90 minutes. A player of so much potential, if he improves his work in the final third, the central midfielder could be a handful to any opposition on his day.
Pipa 7/10 - Huddersfield's best player by a mile was Pipa, he put in a good shift. Making important challenges when called upon he failed to disappoint, full of energy all game. Playing through the lines nicely he also spread the play well through the wide areas looking for the run in behind, although this was hard to come by. His intentions were clear and a fighting performance once again showed his attributes as a consistent performer.
Duane Holmes 7/10 - The saviour for Town against Swansea City, he was energetic showing great quality in snippets. Holmes was unable to get on the scoresheet as Derby defended very deep nullifying his potential threats. But he showed great endeavour to try and enforce proceedings in Town's favour.
Fraizer Campbell 5.5/10 - Campbell had potentially his worst game of the season, the main suspect for the first goal Town conceded after he failed to clear his lines. The striker was substituted at half time with an injury, hardly getting a touch of the football, although he had the best opportunity for the Terriers in the early stages. Consistency a main problem for the number 22 who has had a well documented career playing in the top flight on many occasions. A dynamic player when he can be, a trip back to the training could re-salvage his fortunes.
Scott High 6/10 - Making a brief introduction at Pride Park, there wasn't much of an impact High could make. High did make a few nice passes, looking to be influential and showing his ability in the short space of time on the pitch. Coming on in the 74th minute for Aaron Rowe he got a flavour of Championship football just behind Duane Holmes on the left hand side.
Kieran Phillips 6.5/10 - A great young prospect for the Town faithful, Phillips was brought on at half time due to the injury Campbell suffered in the first. Looking to get on the scoresheet he worked hard but the build up play didn't work into his hands. Phillips looked stranded and alienated as Town lacked attacking options put virtually down to the good defensive work of Derby.
Jaden Brown 5.5/10 - Brown tried to make something happen but was sent off for two bookable offences 14 minutes after he was sent on. Showing his intentions to get stuck in straight away which was commendable, his eagerness penultimately cost him a three match ban, a learning curve for the 22 year old previously of Exeter City.
Sorba Thomas 6/10 - Bought on in the 84th minute for Pipa in the clash, Thomas was unable to impact the game in any way. Carlos Corberan at this stage was looking at Preston North End which was next on Town's agenda, choosing to rotate reinforcements and give others game time.
Isaac Mbenza 6/10 - A quality player who shows a great deal of purpose in general, Mbenza couldn't get his side back into the contest. Brought on as an impact player late in the second half, the pressure of the task in hand was too much of a tall order for the Belgian international.