Pride Park Stadium
25/08/2018 3:00 pm
Referee: David Webb
|Derby County||Preston North End|
Derby County has achieved back to back home wins and the six points in a week have propelled the Rams up to 6th place in the Championship.
A fine win yesterday against Preston North End ended a great week for Frank Lampard’s men but saw more injuries also.
Find of the season so far Jayden Bogle had to come off with an injury. The 18-year-old had looked lively in the opening minutes and hopefully, the injury is only a minor setback for the young right back and he will be in the squad again soon.
The Rams as a whole started the game on the front foot and despite only having 49% of the possession throughout the match the Rams never really looked in danger as they imposed their will on the game.
A well-taken goal by Mason Mount after 38 minutes gave Derby the platform they wanted and take control, but Preston to their credit kept fighting and had a few decent chances in the first period. Halftime came and the Rams marched off to a good round of applause from the 25,257 who attended the game and had to brave torrential rain at one point. The crowd who had been enjoying the late summer sunshine had their clothes dampened but not their spirit as the half came to a close.
The second half started with the Rams looking to kill the game off but at 1-0 things were in the balance until Captain Keogh came to the rescue. The much-maligned defender had a more confident look about him and the mistakes that had blighted his game in recent times were not in evidence today. To top off a Captains performance Keogh scored the goal that settled the nerves and the game in favour of the Rams in the 78th minute.
As Derby left the field to tumultuous applause Frank Lampard strode on to the pitch and yet again started the bounce which the crowd eagerly followed. Derby County now moves to a playoff position (6th) in the table. Early days to start thinking of the playoffs but the humiliation of the recent 4-1 defeat by Leeds is now just a memory as Lampard looks to get his squad moving in the right direction.
The Rams now move on to the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night against Hull City, a trip they repeat on Saturday in the Championship.
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