Full Time: Derby County 1-1 Aston Villa
Derby came into the game against Villa needing a win to confirm their position in the playoffs and they started off very well with a goal through Cameron Jerome. They managed to hold on until the 83rd minute when Lewis Grabban made it 1-1.
With Preston winning and Boro and Millwall playing each other (at the time of writing), Derby’s route into the playoffs will go to the last day of the season when they play Barnsley, who will be fighting for their lives at the bottom of the table.
Derby County Player Ratings
Scott Carson – 8
Made a series of excellent saves to deny Aston Villa until Lewis Grabban evaded him in the 6-yard box.
Richard Keogh – 7.5
Was the member of the back-three that was allowed to get forward but he defended strongly along with his forward forays.
Curtis Davies – 8
Threw himself in front of every ball and lead from the back as the Derby captain had an excellent game.
Alex Pearce – 7
Kept the Villa attackers at bay well, although he could have given away a penalty just before he was replaced by Jamie Hanson.
Andre Wisdom – 6.5
Fairly quiet and was not really good enough going forward. Will be happy with his defensive work.
Tom Huddlestone – 7
Always looks good on the ball but struggled to contain Jack Grealish at times.
Bradley Johnson – 6.5
Went into his shell creatively as the match wore on but defended solidly.
Craig Forsyth – 7
A solid game for Forsyth, who will be happy with his defensive work.
Andreas Weimann – 7.5
Always a threat down the right-hand side and set up Cameron Jerome’s goal. Had an excellent chance to make it 2-0 in the 72 minutes. Was replaced by Kasey Palmer.
Tom Lawrence – 7.5
His pace was used to good effect by Derby and he drove straight at the Villa defence whenever he could. Replaced by Matej Vydra in the 67th minute.
Cameron Jerome – 8
Got an excellent early goal to put Derby in the driving seat 14 minutes into the match and should have earned a penalty for his side as well.
Jamie Hanson (for Pearce) – 6
Defended well when he came on and got on the ball whenever he could.
Matej Vydra (for Lawrence) – 6
So good with the ball on the half turn but would be disappointed to watch Lewis Grabban grab a goal to catch him in the Golden Boot race.
Kasey Palmer (for Weimann) – N/A
Hardly touched the ball in his 10-minute cameo.