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Huddersfield Town 1-2 Derby County: Tom Lawrence gives Rams victory

Tom Lawrence
Tom Lawrence scored twice to give Derby an opening day victory

Phillip Cocu started his tenure as Derby boss with victory over relegated Huddersfield thanks to a double from Tom Lawrence.

Wales international Lawrence scored twice in three minutes to put the Rams in control, first lobbing into an empty net after an error by Tommy Elphick and then curling in a fine effort from the edge of the area.

Karlan Grant pulled one back from the penalty spot before the break after Kieran Dowell had brought down Juninho Bacuna.

The hosts had the better of the second half but could not find an equaliser, with Rams keeper Kelle Roos making a brave stop to deny Town skipper Christopher Schindler and sub Elias Kachunga blazing high and wide.

Derby, who are interested in bringing former England captain Wayne Rooney to the club, have endured another turbulent summer after being beaten by Aston Villa in last season's Championship play-off final.

Boss Frank Lampard left to take over at Chelsea after the start of pre-season training before former Dutch international Cocu was appointed his replacement at the start of July.

After an even start to the contest they took the lead when Elphick miscued his attempt to shoulder the ball back to goalkeeper Kamil Grabara, with the Liverpool loanee only able to head the ball as far as Lawrence, who showed good control before lobbing a measured shot into the net.

Lawrence quickly made it 2-0 with another fine effort from the edge of the penalty area, with Town defenders too slow to close the forward down.

Town got back in it through Grant's spot-kick after Dowell's clumsy foul on Bacuna and Kachunga, who has not scored a league goal since December 2017, should have levelled late on but slashed well wide of the target.

Their loss means that all three teams relegated from the Premier League have opened the new season with defeats, after Fulham and Cardiff were beaten at Barnsley and Wigan respectively on Saturday.

Huddersfield boss Jan Siewert told BBC Radio Leeds:

"I wasn't happy with the first half. I was very happy with the second half but we should have scored with one of the two big chances we had.

"They didn't have a shot on target in the second half, they were just defending. They scored from our mistakes, we made their goals.

"Elias came on and played a great game. I feel sorry for him that he didn't score because it was an excellent situation and it would have made him a bit more confident.

"We didn't deserve to lose today."

Derby boss Phillip Cocu told BBC Radio Derby:

"It's always important to start with a win, especially away. It was a difficult game but we did an excellent job.

"In the first half we played very good football. It was an energetic game, so in the second half the power ran a little low for some of the players. We showed two faces today - good football and good character.

"Tom Lawrence is a fantastic player. If we get the same product like he showed today, there will be no discussion about his qualities. He's a player with huge potential."

Line-ups

Huddersfield

  • 1Grabara
  • 33Hadergjonaj
  • 4Elphick
  • 26Schindler
  • 5Kongolo
  • 7BacunaSubstituted forMbenzaat 62'minutes
  • 6Hogg
  • 10Mooy
  • 11DiakhabySubstituted forKachungaat 67'minutes
  • 16GrantSubstituted forQuanerat 89'minutes
  • 21Pritchard

Substitutes

  • 9Kachunga
  • 14Bockhorn
  • 18Mbenza
  • 23Quaner
  • 27Stankovic
  • 31Schofield
  • 39O'Brien

Derby

  • 21Roos
  • 37Bogle
  • 6Keogh
  • 16Clarke
  • 46Malone
  • 17Evans
  • 44Huddlestone
  • 8DowellSubstituted forKnightat 88'minutes
  • 11JozefzoonSubstituted forBennettat 74'minutes
  • 9Waghorn
  • 10Lawrence

Substitutes

  • 4Shinnie
  • 14Marriott
  • 20Bennett
  • 25Lowe
  • 33Davies
  • 35Mitchell
  • 38Knight
Referee:
Geoff Eltringham
Attendance:
22,596

Match Stats

Home TeamHuddersfieldAway TeamDerby
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home14
Away11
Shots on Target
Home2
Away3
Corners
Home8
Away0
Fouls
Home18
Away14

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Kamp slutt, Huddersfield Town 1, Derby County 2.

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Andre omgang slutt, Huddersfield Town 1, Derby County 2.

Collin Quaner (Huddersfield Town) lager frispark.

Scott Malone (Derby County) vinner et frispark på egen banehalvdel.

Florent Hadergjonaj (Huddersfield Town) lager frispark.

Tom Lawrence (Derby County) vinner et frispark på egen banehalvdel.

Tommy Elphick (Huddersfield Town) vinner et frispark på høyre ving.

Martyn Waghorn (Derby County) lager frispark.

Terence Kongolo (Huddersfield Town) vinner et frispark på egen banehalvdel.

Mason Bennett (Derby County) lager frispark.

Substitution

Bytte, Huddersfield Town. Collin Quaner erstatter Karlan Grant.

Isaac Mbenza (Huddersfield Town) lager frispark.

Mason Bennett (Derby County) vinner et frispark på egen banehalvdel.

Substitution

Bytte, Derby County. Jason Knight erstatter Kieran Dowell.

Hjørnespark, Huddersfield Town. Forårsaket av Richard Keogh.

Jonathan Hogg (Huddersfield Town) lager frispark.

George Evans (Derby County) vinner et frispark på motstanders banehalvdel.

Avslutning utenfor. Isaac Mbenza (Huddersfield Town) skudd med høyrebenet fra utenfor sekstenmeteren til venstre for målet.

Mason Bennett (Derby County) hands på.

Tom Lawrence (Derby County) vinner et frispark på egen banehalvdel.

Elias Kachunga (Huddersfield Town) lager frispark.

Martyn Waghorn (Derby County) lager frispark.

Christopher Schindler (Huddersfield Town) vinner et frispark på egen banehalvdel.

Avslutning utenfor. Elias Kachunga (Huddersfield Town) skudd med høyrebenet fra høyre side av sekstenmeteren for høyt og utenfor til høyre for målet. På pasning fra Alex Pritchard.

Spillet i gang igjen.

Stans i spillet Terence Kongolo (Huddersfield Town) pga skade.

Substitution

Bytte, Derby County. Mason Bennett erstatter Florian Jozefzoon.

Hjørnespark, Huddersfield Town. Forårsaket av Richard Keogh.

Offside, Derby County. Richard Keogh forsøker et gjennomspill, men Martyn Waghorn går i offside.

Kieran Dowell (Derby County) vinner et frispark på motstanders banehalvdel.

Aaron Mooy (Huddersfield Town) lager frispark.

Offside, Derby County. Scott Malone forsøker et gjennomspill, men Florian Jozefzoon går i offside.

George Evans (Derby County) vinner et frispark på motstanders banehalvdel.

Aaron Mooy (Huddersfield Town) lager frispark.

Substitution

Bytte, Huddersfield Town. Elias Kachunga erstatter Adama Diakhaby.

Avslutning utenfor. Martyn Waghorn (Derby County) heading omtrent fra straffemerket til høyre for målet. På pasning fra Scott Malone med en crossball.

Kieran Dowell (Derby County) vinner et frispark på motstanders banehalvdel.

Terence Kongolo (Huddersfield Town) lager frispark.

Hjørnespark, Huddersfield Town. Forårsaket av Jayden Bogle.

Tom Lawrence (Derby County) lager frispark.

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As It Stood

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1Leeds11003123
2Sheff Wed11003123
3Wigan11003213
4Charlton11002113
5Derby11002113
6QPR11002113
7Swansea11002113
8West Brom11002113
9Barnsley11001013
10Birmingham11001013
11Millwall11001013
12Luton10103301
13Middlesbrough10103301
14Cardiff100123-10
15Blackburn100112-10
16Huddersfield100112-10
17Hull100112-10
18Nottm Forest100112-10
19Stoke100112-10
20Brentford100101-10
21Fulham100101-10
22Preston100101-10
23Bristol City100113-20
24Reading100113-20
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