Derby County crashed out of the FA Cup after a 3-1 defeat to Premier League side Leicester City in their replay after 120 minutes.
The two teams drew 2-2 from the initial encounter at Pride Park 12 days ago, and Steve McClaren made a number of changes from their loss to Newcastle at the weekend – in fact, nine players came into the starting eleven who weren’t at St. James’ Park.
After a dismal, dreary and dull first-half, the tempo increased following the break but it would be the hosts who would take the advantage as Andy King nodded in from close range.
The Rams’ Abdoul Camara nicked an equaliser though on the 61st minute when his shot was deflected off a Leicester defender and went into the left corner.
Despite a nervy ending for the visitors, Derby were able to take the match to extra-time. Although, it’s not rocket science to suggest that neither boss wanted that at this stage of the campaign.
Shortly into the additional thirty minutes and the champions of England once again gained the lead, via a stunning strike from their midfielder Wilfried Ndidi.
County were looking to make the score line level once again, though proved unable to do so and Demarai Gray wrapped it all up eight minutes time.
So the Championship side fell to defeat and won’t be travelling to London to face Millwall in the next round of the prestigious competition, here’s how Derby fans reacted on Twitter to the result…..
Good runout for the Derby reserves. Well played boys. #dcfc
— Andy (@simcox__andrew) February 8, 2017
People slating Vydra? Thought he did well today. Definitely better in that role #dcfc
— James (@james_1111111) February 8, 2017
To be honest it wasn't even Derby's reserves as possibly 8 of that starting 11 could easily be our first 11. #dcfc
— Our Youth (@BorderCasual) February 8, 2017
Should Butterfield not be doing more, the more experienced of our midfielders and offered nothing. How many chances does he need #dcfc
— Scott H (@scotthammond1) February 8, 2017
— chris lowe (@chrislowe16) February 8, 2017
getting out of the cup is ideal lets us concentrate on the league #dcfc
— george (@GeorgeWain) February 8, 2017
Do you agree with these supporter reactions? Was Steve McClaren right to make so many changes to his side? Will this defeat pave the way to focus on your play-off ambition?
Let us hear your thoughts in the comments below!