For the second time in a week, Derby blew a good lead through poor defending and possible tactical errors by team manager Nigel Clough. It’s said that the best form of defence is attack, however sitting back and trying to defend a lead proved costly for the Rams.
Derby made a bright start and dominated proceedings early on. Some neat play from Bryson, Hughes and Coutts often asking questions of the visitors back four.
It took Derby eleven minutes to take the lead. Poor defending from Sheffield Wednesday allowed Gareth Roberts to find Ward in the box , who played the ball to his right for Nathan Tyson to score his second goal in a week. You could see the delight in the striker’s face who has made a good early start to the season after a frustrating 2011/12.
Sixteen minutes later it was 2-0. The Wednesday defence again at sixes and sevens failing to deal with a low cross that saw Jake Buxton launch himself at the ball and head in his third goal of the week. Buxton was impressive throughout the game along with Richard Keogh who made may vital tackles during the game.
Wednesday refused to lie down and looked dangerous on the counter attack. After thirty nine minutes they pulled a goal back when O’Grady was allowed to turn with the ball on the right hand side of the box and he launched a superb strike into the top corner of the net givnig Fielding no chance!
Owls manager David Jones made a inspired substitution in the 56th minute, bringing on Madine for a poor Pecnik. Madine immediately got involved in the Wednesday attack and was proving to be a handful for the home side.
Nigel Clough meanwhile had many people scratching their heads when he replaced Tyson with O’Connor and Hughes with Gjorkaj.
Six defenders on the pitch and despite packing the penalty area, the Rams still allowed Reda Johnson to sneak in an equaliser in the 90th minute.
All in all a very frustrating day for Derby fans. Plenty of good attractive football, but poor sloppy defending proving costly. John Brayford had his worst ever game in a Derby shirt.
Whatever new signing Conor Sammon, a spectator in the Toyota stand made of it who knows?
Derby – Fielding, Brayford, Buxton, Keogh, Roberts, Coutts, Bryson, Hendrick, Hughes (Gjorkaj ), Tyson (O’Connor 74), Ward (Robinson, 82). Subs not used – Legzdins, Jacobs, Doyle, Bennett.
Sheff Wed – Kirkland, Buxton, R Johnson, Gardner (Beevers 83), Llera, Antonio, Samedo, McCabe, J Johnson, Pecnik (Madine, 56), O’Grady. Subs not used – Bywater, Maguire, Mattock, Prutton, Coke.
Man of the Match – Paul Coutts – standout player by a mile with some great play down the right.
Attendance - 27,437 (5,952 Away fans)