Our unbeaten run has finally come to a halt. Eleven games unbeaten, and a four-game winning streak is a magnificent achievement, especially for a team who many presumed to be flirting with relegation for the majority of the campaign, this alone depicts what Monk is building at Blues. Despite taking the lead through another Juke goal, his ninth of the season, Derby mounted a strong comeback and managed to take all three points at the end of the day.
GK: Lee Camp
Tested by Harry Wilson’s set pieces throughout the game, and handled them well in the first half. Camp pulled off an excellent save just before half time, denying Jack Marriott with a fantastic stop down low to his left. After Derby equalised, the onslaught continued as Marriott bagged the third goal by slotting it through Camp’s legs. 6/10.
RB: Maxime Colin
Like most of the team, the Frenchman was great in the first half, and withstood multiple Derby attacks in the first half. Once the equaliser went in, there was little more that the usually-solid defence could do. 6/10.
CB: Harlee Dean
Like Colin, pulled off some great blocks and two tackles in the first half, yet was unable to withstand Derby’s continued pressing and counter-attacking in the second. 6/10.
CB: Michael Morrison
A similar performance to Harlee Dean, as the partnership endured one of the toughest games of the season, a strong first half performance which he was unfortunately unable to replicate in the second. 6.5/10.
LB: Kristian Pedersen
As normal, the Dane offered a great attacking outlet alongside Mahoney on the left flank whilst Blues were in control at the start of the game, and Blues could’ve had more if Mahoney had laid the ball off to Pedersen when he had the chance. 6.5/10.
LM: Conor Mahoney
It was a poor performance from the young winger, who was unable to replicate his fantastic performance against Sheffield Wednesday last week. Had opportunities to pass to Pedersen when attacking yet didn’t, and was forced to back track on multiple occasions in the second half. 5/10.
CM: Gary Gardner
Gardner’s yellow card in the second half means that he will face a suspension against Hull. Despite a strong start in the middle of the park, Gardner, like every other player on the pitch, was unable to hold back the strong Derby comeback, and completely lost control of the midfield. 5/10.
CM: Maikel Kieftenbeld
Dutch Mike was unable to replicate his scorching volley in the 3-0 hammering a few years ago, and it was a poor overall performance. Gave the ball away on occasions and was unable to win the ball back like he consistently does in games, and was a victim of Derby’s strong comeback. 5/10.
Like the game against Stoke, the Spaniard was unable to depict his fantastic attacking creativity throughout the entirety of the match, despite a strong start in the first half. He created one decent chance from a free kick, unfortunately nothing came from it. 6.5/10.
ST: Che Adams
Despite the loss, Adams is evidently improving. Che worked really well with the ball, even holding up the play a couple of times. The pace that he’s showed before was visible today, as he darted at the Derby defence on multiple occasions. 7/10.
ST: Lucas Jutkiewicz
Another goal for Juke, making him the second highest top scorer in the league, bringing the tally to nine. The confidence within this team is incredible, and the confidence within the Juke is even better. As the match progressed he was unable to capitalise on the little chances that he received. 7.5/10. MOTM
SUBSTITUTE: Wes Harding
The only substitute brought on, as Pedersen was pushed up the pitch, Jota into a central role, leaving Harding as the left back. Like the majority of the team, he was unable to deal collectively with the Derby attacks. 5.5/10.
By Jack Blenkiron, KRO.