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3 things we clearly learnt about Derby County after 3-2 win over AFC Bournemouth

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Tom Lawrence’s second-half brace proved to be crucial for his side Derby County yesterday lunchtime, as they recorded an impressive 3-2 victory against automatic promotion favourites AFC Bournemouth.

With the Rams going winless in their previous seven games, it looked as though it was going to be a long afternoon for a side that had received a nine-point deduction earlier on last week for breaking financial rules, all but confirming their relegation to League One.

But Wayne Rooney’s men still put on a show for their home supporters at Pride Park against the Cherries, who had only lost one of their opening 17 league games of the campaign coming into this tie.

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Jason Knight’s free header put the East Midlands outfit 1-0 before a major error from goalkeeper Kelle Roos allowed Jaidon Anthony to take advantage and equalise for the away side, utilising that momentum to go 2-1 up through Dominic Solanke before the interval.

A wonderful strike from captain Lawrence levelled the score in the 62nd minute, then going on to convert a penalty seven minutes later to make it 3-2 and secured all three points for Rooney’s men.

The scoreline itself is impressive, but we’re taking a deeper look into the bottom side’s performance as we pick out three things we learnt about them after such a spectacular victory.

Thompson will be a star

Soccer Football – Championship – Derby County v AFC Bournemouth – Pride Park, Derby, Britain – November 21, 2021 General view of Bournemouth’s Ryan Christie in action Molly Darlington/Action Images

19-year-old midfielder Lewis Thompson made his first Championship appearance for the Rams as a replacement for the suspended Nathan Byrne, even coming in at the expense of Ravel Morrison who was a key player for the club earlier in the season with his experience and technical ability.

It was a risk by Manchester United legend Rooney to play the teenager against such a high-quality opposition, but he stood up to the task well, thriving in midfield and even establishing himself as a firm candidate for man of the match.

He could have easily crumbled against the likes of Philip Billing and Gavin Kilkenny in the midfield battle, especially with the current circumstances off the pitch, but his performance was more than good enough for the midfielder to retain his starting spot against another tough opponent in Fulham on Wednesday evening.

The most exciting thing for Derby fans? He’s only likely to get better and considering they will have to cut costs further at the end of the season, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him become one of the first names on the teamsheet during the 2022/23 campaign.

Lawrence can be an asset for interested sides

Soccer Football – Championship – Derby County v AFC Bournemouth – Pride Park, Derby, Britain – November 21, 2021 Derby County’s Tom Lawrence scores their third goal from the penalty spot Molly Darlington/Action Images

According to the Daily Mail, the Rams are ‘reluctantly’ willing to let skipper Lawrence go on a free transfer due to their current financial situation, with the winger reported to be on a whopping £37,000 per week.

The same outlet believes Bournemouth, Stoke City, Swansea and West Bromwich Albion are the Championship quartet interested in pursuing his signature if he becomes available, and is only likely to have attracted more intense interest after changing the game for the Rams yesterday.

The Welshman’s consistency can be questioned, there can be no doubts about that.

But individual moments of quality like the second goal can completely change the complexion of matches and in what could be a close battle for automatic promotion if West Brom buck up their ideas, moments like that could be the difference between a top-two spot and the play-offs if he joined the Baggies or Scott Parker’s Cherries.

He will need to produce the goods more often if he’s to start regularly for the duo, but he showed today he can be an asset for sides in the top half of the second tier and would be a huge loss to his current side if he was let go.

In their current circumstances though, this might be essential to their survival.

They will never give up

Soccer Football – Championship – Derby County v AFC Bournemouth – Pride Park, Derby, Britain – November 21, 2021 Derby County manager Wayne Rooney before the match Molly Darlington/Action Images

This might be a simple talking point, but it’s one that deserves mentioning, nonetheless.

Not only have the club entered administration and received a 12-point deduction because of that, but they were also faced with the further setback last week as previously mentioned.

This took their tally of deducted points to 21 in total and with their first-choice right-back in Nathan Byrne suspended for the match, it would have been understandable if they had fallen to a heavy home defeat.

Going into this match without a win in their previous seven as well, they weren’t exactly full of confidence going into this match and were facing a team that had dispatched a capable Swansea City side 4-0 in their previous game.

The fact this was Parker’s side’s first away loss in the league this term also shows just how impressive the victory was after going 2-1 down. Credit has to go to the players, coaches, fans and everyone associated with the club for this show of resilience.


A 21-year-old Reading FC fan and writer who graduated from the University for the Creative Arts in the summer with a degree in Journalism and Media Production. Other topics written about include politics, mental health and education.

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