As the curtain closes on another disappointing championship season for Blues, it was only fitting that they gave a performance that summed up their season: Defensively lapse, lack of effort and a need for leadership.
Spooner’s men came out of the blocks quickly, a couple of early challenges seemed to have set the tone for the game, until the 4th minute of the game where a poor cross wasn’t dealt with by Marc Roberts and Graeme Shinnie rolled the ball past Lee Camp. That really knocked the stuffing out of the home side. The game went flat and no team looked as if they wanted to really take it by the scruff of the neck. Both sides did end the half with big chances though, Bellingham hit the bar from a header from close range and Bela rolled the ball wide from a well fed through ball by Ivan Sunjic. On the visitors side Martyn Waghorn missed a chip over Lee Camp where he really should have doubled Derby’s lead.
The second half brought more of the same for both sides, sloppy on the ball and a really cagey affair, maybe the thought of relaxation kicked in for the players, the same thought of relaxation that has seemingly been running through BCFC since the beginning of the restart. With 15 minutes to go, blues had edged the game in terms of shots and it looked to be the hosts that would be the team to nick the second goal, however Spooner and Gardner made the decision to switch Crowley for Kieftenbeld, almost accepting a point. That allowed Derby to press on and with 4 minutes to go of regular time, Kristian Pedersen was bullied of the ball by Marriott and at the second bite of the cherry, Whittaker headed over Lee Camp to give Phillipe Cocu’s side the lead. The cherry was put on the cake with youngster Sibley bending a beautiful strike into the top corner, making it 6 of the last 7 home games where Blues have conceded three goals.
Could do nothing for Derby's three goals and wasn't forced it to much action aside one good save at his near post to keep the score at 1-0.
Linked well with Crowley in parts but still sloppy on the ball for a lot of the game. However whipped one great ball into Bellingham which almost gave Blues an equaliser
Did well to keep Waghorn and Martin at bay for the most part but like Max he struggled on the ball, as he has since the restart
A costly error inside the first five minutes of a crucial game is all you need to know about Roberts' performance tonight
Had a decent first half but at 1-1 makes a horrendous mistake giving the ball up for Derby's second. Hasn't looked the same player since the restart like a lot of the squad
Was very bright in the first half and looked to do what he does best, get into good spaces and link the play. Second half, as the game lost it's tempo, so did he. Would love to see him in a blues shirt again next season, though.
Let Jason Knight give him the run around first 20 minutes or so and was trying to force the play rather than doing what he is good at, which is keeping it simple. Gets a point for the goal and for what should have been an assist for Bela
Broke the play up well and looked positive on the ball, probably our most consistent player all season which makes the Jota swap look an even better deal.
A peripheral figure for the most part of the game and was never really in a position to take his man on like we all know he is capable of. Whipped one great ball to the back post which led to Jude Bellingham heading off the crossbar. Also missed a one on one in the first half
Maybe I'm biased, maybe I'm not over the excitement of this young man's season and his brilliant transfer to Borussia Dortmund. But as last games go, it typified his season. He stopped Rooney from playing, got in between the lines to link Bela and Crowley into the game and was positive and direct throughout. Should have scored with the header was my only criticism
Another poor game tonight in a role as a lone striker. Looked panicked on the ball with a man behind him and wasn't influential in anything positive Blues did going forward. Was the subject of some strange decisions from the officials as he was grappled by Curtis Davies