With a disappointing defeat for Queens Park Rangers in the first of our Easter double headers against Blackburn Rovers, today’s Championship action saw us make the trip to Pride Park to face off against Frank Lampard’s Derby County side.
Although Derby had the better of the game in terms of the statistics, it was a pretty resolute defensive display from QPR, but having only managed to test their goalkeeper twice, if there was going to be a winner on the day it was going to be the hosts.
Ultimately a 94th minute stoppage-time penalty was enough to break our spirits after Luke Freeman was adjudged to have fouled Jayden Bogle in the box and taking full advantage of the spotkick, and in the eleventh minute of stoppage-time they added a second to ensure the three points went their way.
Speaking to the BBC following the fulltime whistle, caretaker gaffer John Eustace saw things a little differently.
“I’ve watched it back and I don’t think it is a penalty but it’s not a problem. We had lots of chances, we were the better team I felt. We didn’t take the chances and got punished at the end by a top team. I think we are safe now so that was the aim when I took over and we have done that.”