Luke Plange scored his maiden goal for the senior team to help Derby secure one of the narrow football results of the weekend in the Championship. Derby was the better team despite a number of players self-isolating under COVID-19 protocol. The visitors rarely threatened after Curtis Davies led the defense. Plange scored the only goal of the game in the 51st minute to earn all three points. Due to the unavailability of players, Plange made his first start coupled with six of the seven substitutes aged 20 or under.

Managers Reaction 

Derby’s Wayne Rooney on potentially asking game to be postponed: “It was close. I was speaking to the doctor and I think we had a case if we went to the EFL but I wanted to play the game. It was an opportunity, firstly for some of the young lads to be on the bench but also it’s an eye-opener for people to see that, although this is Covid, with a few injuries and suspensions this is where we’re at.”

Blackpool’s Neil Critchley: “I think the scoreline sums up where we are at this moment in time. There was very little between the two teams and there weren’t many opportunities for either team. In the first half I thought we shaded it and had the better moments but second half, when we did get into the final third towards the end of the game, it was quite obvious there was a little bit of anxiety and lack of composure.”

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