It was a disappointing return to action for Derby County after the international break on Friday night, as they were beaten 1-0 by Watford at Pride Park.
In a game of few chances for either side, it took a 76th minute wonder goal from 19-year-old Joao Pedro to secure all three points for the Hornets.
Picking up the ball on the edge of the area, Pedro produced a stunning curling effort into the top corner of David Marshall’s goal, condemning Derby to a fourth defeat in five league games this season.
Indeed, the Rams could now drop into the Championship relegation zone this weekend, if results elsewhere go against them.
Perhaps not surprisingly therefore, with this defeat coming just days after reports claimed Wayne Rooney is being lined up to replace manager Phillip Cocu in the Pride Park dugout there was plenty of debate among Rams fans around Cocu’s future, as they took to Twitter to react to this latest defeat.
Here, we take a look at what some of those Derby fans had to say about the future of their manager.
I am desperate for Cocu to succeed here, I love how he doesn't make excuses, takes everything in his stride and how he is happy to develop the club with youngsters. But, being brutally honest there are not many games I have enjoyed watching in the last season and so far this.
— RamsChat (@Rams_Chat) October 17, 2020
Last night was the first game I questioned Cocu. Granted he’s still missing his key players. We play the ball about nicely but lack creativity which is a key component. Is he to defensive for the championship? Playing a bit like the underdog every game? #dcfc
— Winston (@lizardmoos) October 17, 2020
There are problems above Phillip cocu but he's not getting the best out of this group. He's not doing the job simple as that
— Riddley Dumpty (@DumptyRiddley) October 17, 2020
The football at #dcfc under Cocu is dire. Soporific. Players missing? Yes, but largely players who were heavily criticised last season, or gambles, Hardly saviours. Will Cocu be sent on his way? No. The club is pot-less. Even buying him a bus ticket to Ripley would be a challenge
— Ian J Redfern (@redfern_i_j) October 17, 2020
I feel for Cocu but it’s a results business-lose the next two games & I think Mel will pull the trigger, especially if it’s a heavy defeat at Forest.
— Matt Horobin (@oz054) October 17, 2020
I wonder what people expect from Cocu. We’re literally missing our entire front line. He’s working on minimal budgets. Reducing wage bill. Bringing through talent because he’s no other choice. It’s going to be up and down. You can’t expect the reserves to be tearing it up! #dcfc
— Nathan Rees (@nathanrees1) October 17, 2020
The time to judge Cocu is after 15 games when Bielik, Lawrence, Waghorn, Ibe CKR are all fit. Until then keep the faith 👊 #dcfc
— Paul Mottershead 🖤🤍 Dcfc 🏴🐏 (@PaulMotto) October 17, 2020
Im not Cocu out………but I’m getting tired of the slow build up play and lack of chances created in games. It feels to me that it may just not work out for Cocu at Derby. Hope I am wrong! #dcfc
— Greg Ford (@gregford4) October 17, 2020