Derby County are a good football team – The Athletic

While the rest of the league has faced several postponements due to COVID-19, Derby County has pushed its way through three games – with several first-team players unavailable – to hit the maximum of points.

Thanks to goals from Colin Kazim-Richards and Luke Plange, Derby rose to ten points in 24 games and would now have 31 points if they hadn’t received any point deduction. Thirty-one points would be enough for 13th place – one place behind Sheffield United. In light of the transfer embargo and heavy reliance on young players coming out of the academy, this is an astonishing achievement for Wayne Rooney and his team.

So how did they achieve this feat in the midst of postponements and disrupted practices?

Ahead of the Blackpool game, Rooney considered asking the EFL to postpone the game due to an outbreak among its players. However, after consulting with the club’s doctor, Rooney chose not to ask for a postponement – it turned out to be a successful decision with Derby beating Blackpool due to debutant Plange’s first senior goal.

It was a low-quality performance, but the combat and determination displayed were worthy of the best in the Derby this campaign.

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