Matej Vydra has highlighted Gary Rowett’s tactical switch during Derby County’s draw with Nottingham Forest as the reason the Rams managed to gain a point, reports the club’s official website.
Trailing 1-0 to an early Zach Clough goal, Rowett opted to move Vydra from a wide left position, to a central area, where he could support lone striker David Nugent.
Goals from both Vydra and Nugent turned the contest around, as Derby looked like taking three-points away from the City Ground, until Daniel Pinillos’ 94th minute goal denied Rowett’s side victory.
Reflecting on the game, Vydra highlighted Rowett’s change as a turning point, but admitted he was disappointed by the final result, he said: “In the first half, we had maybe stepped back, but in the second half, the manager wanted us to step up and do more pressing.
“I moved inside, closer to Nuge and inside 10 minutes we scored two goals. I thought we played very well in the second half. We kept the ball well, created so many chances and we also hit the crossbar through Tom Ince’s chance.
“In the Championship, though, it is always a 94-minute game and we were done right at the end. We lost two points for sure.”
Saturday’s late setback increased the Rams poor run of form, which has seen them record just one victory in their last ten Sky Bet Championship fixtures.
Rowett’s task of securing his first victory as Derby manager will not become any easier after the international break, as they face in-form QPR and Play-Off chasing Fulham, within the space of five days.
Derby fans… Would you play Vydra centrally from now? Or would you continue to play him on the wing? Let us know in the comments!