Tom Lawrence scored a brace as Derby hopes of a miraculous escape increased in one of the comfortable football results of the weekend in the Championship. Lawrence scored his first goal in the 69th minute before doubling their advantage ten minutes later. The three points so Derby County off the bottom of the table for the first time since their points deduction.

Managers Reaction 

Derby’s Wayne Rooney: “The players deserve a lot of praise, because the last 24, 48 hours have been extremely difficult. To lose two players in Graeme Shinnie and Phil Jagielka who I wanted to keep, have players lined up to come in and not be able to do anything, has been tough, so to put a performance up like they did, they deserve a lot of credit. My relationship with all the players is built on trust and honesty, but I can’t look them in the eye where we are at the minute and give them anything really, I can just prepare them and get them ready. Any decisions made will be through the administrators.”

Sheffield United assistant Stuart McCall: “Two bits of individual brilliance won them the game. Second half we had more possession, more of the ball but didn’t do anything with it. Most of the game was in their half, but it’s not about possession, it’s about what you do with it and we just didn’t do enough. We got into good wide areas, but the crossing wasn’t good enough and we weren’t bright enough in and around their box.”

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