A number of Derby County supporters have been hailing the Rams’ second-half fightback against Brentford on Tuesday as they managed to rescue a point from what looked like a certain defeat.
The Rams endured a torrid opening 45 minutes against an in-form Brentford side who were full of confidence having won three of their last four heading into the fixture. It was a performance filled with individual errors by Wayne Rooney’s side in the first half and that allowed their automatic promotion-chasing opponents to take full advantage and get into a 2-0 lead at the break.
However, at half-time Rooney made his displeasure known by making three substitutions, with all three of Louie Sibley, Lee Gregory and Teden Mengi coming on for Kamil Jozwiack, Louie Watson and Max Bird respectively. That helped to transform the match and the Rams swiftly got back into the contest after just two minutes in the half with Gregory grabbing his second goal for the club.
Sibley then also produced a moment of real quality to equalise with an excellent 20-yard effort in the 86th minute to complete the turnaround for Derby. It will be a performance that they will now need to build from in the coming matches and they can take real confidence from the quality and desire that they showed.
Many Derby fans were quick to hail the players and Rooney for his changes at halftime and suggested that it was a masterclass of performance to turn things around.
Here, we take a look at some of the best reactions on social media…
Rooney got it tactically wrong in the first half. Bringing on Sibley and Gregory made all the difference. Early subs gave us time to completely change the game. https://t.co/BsJ2JPCQPJ
— Flight Nemesis (@Fowkesey92) March 16, 2021
Derby County 🤝 not making games easy https://t.co/9SMvfXAIR1
— El McGrath (@el_mcgrathx) March 16, 2021
Didn’t expect that at half time. Nice to see some fight, played really well 2nd half and deserved that 👍⚽️ https://t.co/wdMHySYzYD
— Ryan Wagner (@RyanWagner1992) March 16, 2021
Brilliant comeback that deserved point https://t.co/77oqSGXuTf
— Kalum Mclaughlin (@kalum1884) March 16, 2021
How have I come away from this game thinking we could have won it after that atrocious first half? https://t.co/51JGmkJsKE
— Ed Anguish (@ed_anguish) March 16, 2021
What a point lads atrocious in first half unplayable in second COYR
— Jack Austin (@jacka2004dcfc) March 16, 2021
Looked a completely different side in the second half, wow!!🔥🔥🔥🔥🐏🐏 could have even won it!
— Barnaby & Chris (@AmbroseBarnaby) March 16, 2021
That was absolutely perfect in that second half, we needed much of that in the first though but you love to see a Derby comeback happen, and the changes we made at half time were excellent. Delighted to take a point, I probably didn’t expect that knowing Brentford’s form!
— Will Clapp (@williamc683) March 16, 2021
Subs masterclass by big Wayne
— Ed (@EHarper95) March 16, 2021