Derby County fell to their first defeat of the Championship season on Tuesday night, losing 2-1 at home to Bristol City after a below-par performance at Pride Park.
The Rams were bound to feeling confident heading into the clash with the Robins, having gone unbeaten in their first few games of the season and coming from behind to draw 2-2 with Stoke City at the weekend.
But similarly to their first home game of the campaign against Swansea, Phillip Cocu’s side failed to break down a resilient, solid opposition unit, with Lee Johnson’s men making them count for sloppy play in defence and midfield.
Andi Weimann found himself unmarked in the box to convert from 10 yards out, before dummying a wicked Jack Hunt cross which was met emphatically by Josh Brownhill, putting the Robins into a 2-0 lead at the half-time interval.
In a desperate attempt to get back into the game, Cocu brought on Jack Marriott who made an instant inpact after coming on from off the bench, with the striker bending a sumptuous left-footed effort into the top corner.
After the game, FLW attended Cocu’s post-match press conference, where the Dutchman admitted that he did not want to risk Marriott following their recent games against Scunthorpe United and Stoke.
He also admitted that he was in contention to start this weekend’s game against West Bromwich Albion – and on Twitter, Derby fans have urged Cocu to start the former Peterborough man.
That interview should have cleared up any doubt people had. Cocu knows he is very important and he’s easing him in slowly which makes sense.
— Barnaby & Chris (@AmbroseBarnaby) August 21, 2019
Yep exactly absolutely full of praise for him…👌👌👌
— julie osbiston (@julesossie) August 21, 2019
— Tom (@tomxrawle) August 21, 2019
Not as bad as Twitter made out! The 4-1 home defeat by Leeds when Lampard was finding his team was much worse…
Need Marriott fit quickly…
Holmes/Rooney will add quality in the final third…
Weakness.. wide players.. must strengthen in Jan..
— Mick Massey DCFC (@topklobber) August 21, 2019
I’d love cocu to try Martin and Marriott up! #dcfc
— Oliver Brock (@OliverBrock1) August 21, 2019
Jack. Marriott. Is. Not. Match. Fit. Listen to how cocu talks about him, he knows he’s a big player and he doesn’t want his best goalscorer to aggravate the knocks he’s unfortunately picked up and be out for even longer #dcfc
— Joe Barrell (@JoeBarrell309) August 20, 2019
Frustrating, but we’re close to being a very good side.Bielik and Marriott must start and we look far better in a 3-5-2 / 5-3-2 formation.Bogle’s a big miss and him and Lowe as attacking wing backs sounds exciting.Tonight’s midfield reminded me just how good Mason Mount was #DCFC
— Stuart Forsyth (@sjforsyth) August 20, 2019
Not sure of the identity of this team yet Cocu still trying formations/players. Two horrendous defensive moments left us with a mountain to climb. Wanted to see Bielik/Hudds together but not sure it worked, both trying to do a similar role. Marriott has to start #dcfc
— Stair 35 (@Stair35dcfc) August 20, 2019