Wednesday’s mini-revival came to an abrupt halt with Derby scoring three times in an opening half-hour horror show at Hillsborough this afternoon.
Hopes of a return to some semblance of form came after the midweek victory over Charlton and a point at Birmingham last Saturday, but those thoughts were crushed inside the first 30 minutes and Derby ran out eventual 3-1 winners.
The slide began on seven minutes when Tom Lawrence’s long-range shot took a huge deflection off Kieran Lee and found its way into the corner of the net.
It was two on 24 minutes when Tom Lees was dispossessed by Chris Martin and he set up Lawrence to score before worse followed six minutes later when Derby seized on a poor pass from Kadeem Harris and Jason Knight shot past Cameron Dawson.
We dominated the second half, probably partly because Derby were happy to play more of a containing game, and we twice came close to pulling a goal back, Jacob Murphy firing wide from a Connor Wickham pull back and then Ben Hamer foiling Lee from close range.
A Wednesday goal did come 15 minutes from time when Josh Windass, who looked full of running after coming on as a second-half sub, turned the ball home from Jacob Murphy’s cross.
However, overall there were few scares for Derby and, despite all our possession after the break, we finished up on the end of another heavy home defeat which leaves us in 12th place on 48 points.
Dawson, Palmer, Lees (Iorfa 46), Börner, Fox, Murphy, Bannan, Lee, Harris (Wickham 39), Fletcher (Windass 46), Forestieri. Unused subs: Wildsmith, Pelupessy, Nuhiu, Da Cruz. Att: 25,148.