Rams raiders

Blues let a two goal lead slip at Derby. Andy Munro reports.

Blues were very lucky to get a late point from the match against Peterborough in midweek so it’s no point moaning too much when the same thing happened to us at Pride Park.

In truth, a draw was probably a fair result but we would have bagged all three if Scott Hogan hadn’t missed a sitter in the second half. To add insult to injury, the Rams equaliser should have been disallowed both for an offside and also for the dangerous kick (spectacular though it was) which almost decapitated Teden Mengi.

Looking on the bright side I think most Blues supporters would have taken a point beforehand against a generally in-form Rams and certainly the finish for Blues’ first goal from Lyle Taylor was sublime even if he didn’t get many more chances. He certainly looks a decent signing, as did the pacey Onel Hernandez who laid on the goal for Taylor. Junior Bacuna in midfield also looked useful although he’s no Chong.

At the back, all four defenders played steadily although we still fail to get our full-backs tight enough on the opposition. In front of them Gary Gardner and Troy Woods worked like Trojans, with the former also impressively managing some box to box duties.

Thanks to the latest arrivals we should be able to avoid being sucked into a last ditch, last game struggle but when all the loans run out, we are definitely going to need some permanent signings.