After an unbeaten run in the league during October, the Rams came back down to Earth with a bump yesterday after Aston Villa did to the Rams what they had done to several of the top six sides during the last month.
Three goals in ten minutes during the second period of the game ended a run of Rams league games stretching back to 15th September when they last lost away to Rotherham 1-0
Villa had set their stall out and some outstanding closing down and energetic running off the ball produced many chances which they failed to put in the net during the first period and early second half.
Derby looked a shadow of the team which had taken them into the play-off positions and deep defending and lack of man marking cost the Rams with just 15 minutes of the game to go. A draw would have been a good result for the Rams as they struggled to cope with the attacks from Villa.
The shot count alone tells the story of the game, Villa having 21 attempts on goal to the Rams 11. Derby was missing key players on the day and the vitality shown by Mason Mount and Craig Bryson was missed and to add to the Rams woes more injuries during the match to Mason Bennett and Craig Forsyth didn’t help and will be a game the Rams want to quickly put behind them.
The defeat and the manner of the defeat comes at a point in the season where Derby can repair some of the damage as we now have two weeks rest for the international matches, which will hopefully see several of the Derby County players return to the squad from their injuries
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