Derby County have made a solid start to life under Phillip Cocu.
The Rams are unbeaten under the Dutchman and have won two out of their three opening games.
Two goals from Tom Lawrence propelled them past Huddersfield Town on the opening weekend of the Championship.
They drew 0-0 with Swansea City on Saturday and then a much-changed side beat Scunthorpe United last night to progress through to the second round of the Carabao Cup.
The Iron currently sit right at the bottom of the League Two but produced a resilient performance for the majority of the game, with Rams debutant Lee Buchanan eventually breaking the deadlock in the 78th minute.
Derby will now travel to the City Ground to face Nottingham Forest in the second round, in what will be Cocu’s first East Midlands derby.
Here we look THREE things we clearly learned about the Rams from their performance on Tuesday evening…
The injury to Jayden Bogle may not be as much of an issue as first thought.
Bogle was sensational for the Rams last season, scoring twice and providing 10 assists, and they’re clearly a better team with him in the line-up, however, with his return still unclear due to injury Max Lowe showed last night that he is a capable replacement.
The 22-year-old is a left-back by trade but did a good job on the right-hand side against Scunthorpe and he should only get better as he gets used to the position.
The future looks bright for young talent under Cocu.
If there were any worries that the Dutch manager would not show faith in youth at Pride Park then his team last night should have dispelled those.
He included a number of young players in his starting line-up against Scunthorpe and his faith was repaid by some impressive performances.
18-year-old Jason Knight looked particularly good in his first start for the club, while Buchanan put in a solid performance and scored the winner on debut.
There looks to be some exciting young players at Derby and it seems they will get a chance under Cocu.
Ben Hamer seems like a good addition.
Another debutant was the 31-year-old Hamer, who has joined from Huddersfield on loan for the season.
All in all, it was a quiet game for the goalkeeper but he put in an assured performance and pulled off a sensational save when called into action.
Hamer has likely not done enough to provide any selection headaches but he has reassured his boss that he is a safe pair of hands.Like what the FLW have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!