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2 tweaks Cocu could make to the Derby County XI for the Huddersfield clash tomorrow



The pressure is building on Derby County boss Phillip Cocu after his side suffered their fourth defeat of the season at the hands of Watford on Friday evening.

A stunning strike from teenager Joao Pedro proved the difference between the two sides and heaped more gloom on the Rams.

They don’t have time to feel sorry for themselves, however, as they travel to the John Smith’s Stadium on Tuesday evening to face Huddersfield Town.

The Terriers have taken seven points from their last three games and will be high on confidence after beating Swansea City 2-1 on Saturday.

Ahead of what looks set to be a difficult game for the Rams, we’ve highlighted two changes Cocu could make to his starting XI for the Huddersfield clash…

Making a change up top

Only 23rd-placed Wycombe have scored fewer goals than Derby this season and solving that issue will surely be key to turning around their dreadful start to the season.

With Jack Marriott gone, Wayne Rooney started up front against Watford in a 5-4-1 formation that often left him isolated.

A change up top would allow Rooney to drop back into midfield and have more influence while bringing another goalscorer into the starting line up.

It seems Tuesday may come too soon for Martyn Waghorn, so either Jahmal Hector-Ingram or Colin Kazim-Richards could be the player Cocu turns to.

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Starting Tom Lawrence 

Derby’s issues in front of goal have not been helped by Lawrence’s absence due to injury and they looked much more fluent going forward when he came on off the bench on Friday evening.

It would be a surprise not to see the 26-year-old brought into the starting XI against the Terriers, likely in place of Jason Knight on the left flank.

Lawrence scored 10 times for the Rams last term and getting the goal threat he poses back into the side could be just what they need to get back to winning ways against Huddersfield.

Bristol-born, London-based sports journalist at Snack Media. University of Brighton and NA graduate

ScoopDragon Football News Network

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