Blues’ 11 game unbeaten run finally came to an end at Pride Park after losing 3-1 to a well-drilled Derby side.
It was a dream start for Blues when in the 10th minute in-form striker, Lukas Jutkiewicz, found himself on the end of a Che Adams cross and calmly placed the ball into the back of the net. In the 15th minute, Derby County had to replace Martyn Waghorn with Mason Bennett due to an injury, not a great situation for Derby when Blues were continuing to pile on the pressure.
The hosts were looking to respond in the 27th minute when Wales international, Harry Wilson, took a well-struck free kick which fortunately for Blues, Lee Camp managed to push away. In the closing stages of the first half, Camp made another great save following a shot by Marriott who got on to the end of a Wilson pass. Camp’s efforts allowed Blues to go into the changing room at the half-time break with a one goal lead.
After half time, Derby came out hungry. Within seconds, Blues could have found themselves conceding as Tom Lawrence powered a shot which tested Camp – another excellent stop kept Blues ahead. Derby continued to push and finally got their breakthrough when Bennett slid the ball into the net at the far post in the 53rd minute.
Things got a whole lot worse for Blues 2 minutes later when Harry Wilson’s free kick put Derby ahead – a shot that was deflected off Lucas Jutkiewicz as he tried to clear the ball.
In the 65th minute, Gary Gardner received a yellow card. As a consequence, he will now miss the home game against Hull next Saturday due to a suspension for receiving 5 bookings in league games this season.
Blues were desperate to somehow find an equaliser, but Derby countered and finally sealed their win in the 73rd minute when a defensive calamity, followed by a Camp catastrophe allowed Jack Marriott to pass the ball into the net through Camp’s legs.
It was all over for Blues but not all over for Derby. Another free kick allowed Wilson a chance to get a fourth for his Club, but a slight touch from Camp was enough to see his effort hit the post.
It was a game to forget for Blues. But hopefully, the team can respond positively, regain their concentration and come back stronger against a struggling Hull City side at St Andrews on Saturday 10th November.
Written by @samturner1875 (Twitter)