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Thorne prickles Terriers to lift Rams into fifth

After putting up a steady performance at Blackburn on Wednesday, the Rams were on their travels once again. This time it was up to West Yorkshire, to face former Ram, Chris Powell’s Huddersfield Town.

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Article by Fred Gough

Huddersfield Town [1] Derby County [2] Attendance: 15,371

The Terriers had beaten Milton Keynes on Tuesday and were looking to dent Derby County’s recent form. Paul Clement reverted back to selecting Craig Forsyth from the start in this game with Stephen Warnock left out of the match day eighteen.

Jeff Hendrick was still missing due to his illness so Jacob Butterfield would keep his place against the side he left on Deadline day for £4 million.

Early pressure from the home side was coped with pretty easily by the Derby defence before the Rams got their foot on the ball and started to create chances. Tom Ince and Johnny Russell both were testing the home side’s defence with attempts at goal which deflected away for early corners.
On the quarter hour mark, the East Midlands side did break the deadlock, after an untidy Johnny Russell strike, the ball fell kindly for poacher Chris Martin to steer home his eight goal of this campaign.

Derby started to dominant the play and continued to press for more goals however in their presence grew in the game, Tom Ince went down with a knock and couldn’t continue and needed to be replaced by Austrian Andreas Weimann and the Terriers responded to this enforced change by grabbing an unlikely equaliser. A cross into the box found former Manchester City trainee Ishmael Miller who fired a shot against the crossbar, however midfielder Harry Bunn tapped home the rebound.

Chances for the Rams came thick and fast but Martin couldn’t find the target once more, former Aston Villa attacker Weimann still found himself unfortunate to end his barren spell and Jason Shackell had a header denied by Steer in the Huddersfield goal.

Half Time: Huddersfield Town 1 Derby County 1

The home side had the earliest opportunity after the interval, but it was the Rams who scored once more. Butterfield’s cross from the right was cleared to the edge of the box where George Thorne unleashed a rising drive which was the midfielder’s first since the Play off semi final in May 2014 and his injury threatened campaign after an ACL injury following his permanent move to the iPro Stadium.
After retaking the lead Derby steadied and showed control in the game. Further saves by the home team’s goalkeeper, denying Cyrus Christie, Johnny Russell and Chris Martin.

On loan Nottingham Forest winger Jamie Paterson flashed a shot wide late on but the game was done and dusted as Derby got their deserved win.

Full Time: Huddersfield Town 1 Derby County 2

This was a good response after the draw against Blackburn. Paul Clement was pleased with his side’s response to the two away fixtures this week which saw the unbeaten run stretch to eight games and like most Derby County supporters hoping that this run continues and increases in improvements.
Derby last won in West Yorkshire on Boxing Day 1995 in the season they finished runners-up under the leadership of Jim Smith and will take pride going into back to back home fixtures against Rotherham United and Queens Park Rangers before the Brian Clough Trophy clash at the City Ground.


Huddersfield Town: Steer, Cranie, Hudson, Lynch (y/c - 66), Davidson (y/c – 45+1), Scannell (Carayol – 21),Whitehead, Huws, Bunn (Paterson – 76), Wells & Miller (Bojaj – 83) ; Substitutes –Smith, Paterson, Carayol, Murphy, Billing, Boyle & Bojaj.

DCFC [4-3-3] – Carson, Christie, Keogh, Shackell, Forsyth, Thorne, Butterfield, Johnson , Ince (Weimann - 26), Martin ((capt) Bent – 90 +1) & Russell (Hanson – 75); Substitutes – Shotton, Pearce, Baird, Grant, Hanson, Bent & Weimann

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