Huddersfield scored two late goals to break the Derby resilience in one of the close football scores of the midweek action in the Championship. Having just lost one of their last seven games, Derby received an early setback when Richard Stearman was sent off in the third minute for a challenge on Lewis O’Brien just outside the box.
Huddersfield’s Carlos Corberan: “It was all about taking our chances as it could have been a frustrating night for us. Opposing teams in that situation are often more solid, and we had to be alert to stop any counter-attacks. In the second half, we needed to prevent unforced errors too. We are in a very difficult competition, but it’s important for us that we compete in every game. We need to keep growing as a team and we need to have that confidence in the squad.”
Derby’s Wayne Rooney: “I’ve not seen the red card incident back yet, but Stears said at half-time that he felt he’d won the ball. That was the referee’s decision, though, and we dealt with it without making a fuss. Sometimes you get dealt a difficult hand in football, but you have to get on with it. Our performance after that gives me more hope that we can stay up, though. I was really proud of the players as they chased back, worked hard – it was a really good feeling to see the players fighting for the club like that.”
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