Derby County fell to a 1-0 defeat at home to Preston this afternoon after a 96th minute strike from Alan Browne.
The Rams had started on the front foot, however a game-changing moment arrived just before the midway point in the first-half when Martyn Waghorn was shown a straight red card for a late foul.
Wayne Rooney’s side coped well initially to being a man down, although North End gradually began to take control.
Yet, even with more possession, the visitors struggled to create clear chances, but they took the points thanks to a smart left-footed curled finish from Browne deep into injury time.
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The loss leaves Derby in the bottom three, whilst Rotherham, the team above them in the table, have a game in hand.
So, there was plenty of frustration among the Rams fans, but they were pleased with the commitment shown by the players to keep fighting having gone a man down.
Here we look at some of the reaction from Twitter…
— Adam Legg (@leggadam_) December 26, 2020
Gutted. Absolutely gutted. Impossible to say how things would’ve played out, 11 v 11 but the first 20 mins were positive.
Didn’t deserve to loose, really feel for the players and staff. Sickening.
— Matt Harvey (@mattharvey07) December 26, 2020
Aside from the dreadful officiating (again) thought the lads dug in and gave their all.
Can see clear improvement under Rooney.
— Adam (@AdKempy) December 26, 2020
Can’t believe that! #dcfc
— Andy Buckley-Taylor (@BuckTaylor64) December 26, 2020
The Footballing Gods have not seen fit to reward our commitment and endeavour today. Mugged and Gutted, we go again! #DCFC
— David ‘Rutger’ Walton (@ramsfan0285) December 26, 2020
Amazing effort from all the players from the back of going down to 10 men and a ref who hates Derby by the looks of things, deserve a 👏🏾👏🏾 onto the next 1. Forger about this game and silly ref
— Dash (@DashelleSm) December 26, 2020
Lads grafted. Waghorn needs to give his head a wobble. Ref also should have blown up after initial clearance from lst attack. Got the red right but was poor overall.
— luke cooke (@CookeLuke) December 26, 2020