A late deflected strike by Jacob Butterfield earned Derby County a point in what was a very disciplined and pragmatic performance by David Wagner’s side.
In the 9th minute, Joe Lolley did well to get away from his marker before playing a slide rule pass on the inside of Martin Olsson to find Martin Cranie who was supporting the attack, it was his cross which was deftly finished by Collin Quaner.
After the goal, Town dropped back and remained disciplined within their defensive shape as they continued to soak up the pressure and frustrate the home crowd.
It took until the 88th minute for Derby County to find an equaliser as former Huddersfield Town midfielder Jacob Butterfield fired a speculative shot which squirmed past Danny Ward via a deflection.
Although Town would go on to secure just a single point, it was a point earned in a period of the season where every point is crucial.
The ratings below reflect our shared opinion of the performance on those as Town came away with just a single point from Pride Park.
Danny Ward 7 – In a game of few chances, Ward made a fantastic save to deny Darren Bent from blank point range, Having looked composed throughout the match, he was unfortunate not to keep a clean sheet due to a deflected strike.
Martin Cranie 7 – Although questions were raised about the inclusion of Martin Cranie as an attacking, he quickly answered his critics as he provided a fantastic assist for Quaner and kept Anya out of the game. Another solid defensive performance when called upon.
Michael Hefele 8 – At the heart of the defence, Michael Hefele’s aerial superiority proved crucial to soak up the pressure from Derby County’s countless crosses. Unfortunately, his only mistake, a miscued header, led to the equaliser.
Christopher Schindler 7 – Despite not maintaining a clean sheet, Christopher Schindler put in another excellent defensive performance alongside Michael Hefele, Schindler did particularly well to limit Darren Bent and Derby County’s attack to half chances.
Chris Löwe 7 – Alongside Christopher Schindler, Chris Löwe was rarely troubled by Tom Ince or the overlapping Cyrus Christie, in possession, Löwe was intelligent on the ball and showed his maturity to limit his attacking forays forward.
Dean Whitehead 6 – Having come in for Jonathan Hogg, Dean Whitehead had the difficult task of filling Hogg’s role, out of possession, Whitehead impressed with a number of crucial interceptions. However, there were some reckless challenges and Whitehead’s distribution was sloppy at times which gave Derby the incentive to keep flooding forwards.
Aaron Mooy 6 – A subdued performance by the midfield maestro who focused mainly on the defensive aspects of his deeper midfield role, he still managed to pick out some great passes for Lolley and Kachunga which alleviated the pressure and pushed Town further forwards.
Joe Lolley 6 – With a point to prove, Joe Lolley had an excellent first half, both going forwards and defensively. Lolley’s pass to Martin Cranie was crucial for the goal and he also supported Martin Cranie defensively. In the second half, Lolley struggled to make an impression as Town dropped deep.
Elias Kachunga 6 – In the number 10 role, Elias Kachunga did show some flashes of brilliance as he linked it up well and provided support for Quaner. As Town dropped deeper, Kachunga’s influence on the game lessened as he struggled to get on the ball.
Rajiv Van La Parra 5 – In a difficult game for Rajiv van La Parra, the dutch winger struggled to get into the game and when in possession, he was relatively quiet. When involved, van La Parra was a threat but he struggled to link up with Kachunga and Quaner.
Collin Quaner 8 (Man of the Match) – Having taken confidence from his last gasp winner against Preston North End, Quaner continued to impress as he held up play well and expertly finished the once chance that he got. In the second half, Quaner worked hard for the team and earned the plaudits for his excellent well-rounded performance.