Derby beat relegation threatened Charlton Athletic 1-0 at The Valley on Saturday thanks to Johnny Russell’s 60th minute header.
Neither side played well in the first half, with both teams unable to keep possession. Tom Ince went close to opening the scoring before Charlton keeper Nick Pope pulled off an incredible save to deny Chris Martin.
Charlton came out fighting in the second half, with Igor Vetokele seeing his header come back off the post, before Jorge Teixera had his goal harshly disallowed for a foul on Scott Carson.
Johnny Russell then headed Derby into the lead, and the Rams held out for the 3 points.
Here’s THREE things we learnt….
1) Charlton will be in League One next season
Despite Charlton putting up a fight against Derby, the loss leaves them 11 points from safety with just 4 games left.
This means they must win all 4 of these remaining games to stay up, 2 of which are against promotion chasing Brighton and Burnley.
Failure to win at Bolton on Tuesday night will relegate Charlton back to the third tier, a division they’ve not played in since 2012.
2) Derby’s away problems aren’t completely solved
The win at Charlton was Derby’s first win on the road since February. However the win was not as convincing as their previous 2 home wins over Hull and Bolton.
Charlton had some really good chances to score throughout the game, and Derby had some great opportunities to add to their lead that they didn’t take. So on another day, the outcome could’ve been different.
3) Johnny Russell is a key player for Derby
It was Johnny Russell on the score sheet once again on Saturday. The Scotsman has now score 3 goals in his last 2 games.
In recent weeks he’s played incredibly well for Derby, as the Rams have now lost just one of their last six.
With the play-offs in sight, Derby need their players to be in form if they want to keep their Premier League dreams alive, and Johnny Russell looks to have hit his best form just at the right time.
Charlton and Derby fans… what did you make of the game? Can Derby still go up? Can Charlton still escape the drop? Let us know your thoughts and opinions in the comments below!