Derby County fell victim to a late goal to earn a point against Huddersfield Town in a 1-1 draw at Pride Park Stadium.
The Terriers had already felt the wrath of Tom Lawrence’s thunderous strike on the opening night of the season when his brace secured the 2-1 victory and in the reverse fixture they felt it again mid-way through the second half.
The winger received the ball outside the box from a corner and sent a stunning effort into the back of the net. However his strike was cancelled out with ten minutes to go when Harry Toffolo slid in the leveller.
Both sides had good moments on the ball in the opening stages of the game but without creating too much of a threat in the final third. An early opening did fall to the Rams when Chris Martin broke down the left side and crossed in looking for Martyn Waghorn, but the forward was surrounded and the Terriers dealt with the danger.
After 15 minutes, Kelle Roos was called into action for the first time when Frazier Campbell received the ball in the back with his back to goal. He flicked the ball up and hit the volley on the turn, but the Derby keeper saw the ball into his chest.
Just after the half-hour mark, Derby were awarded a free-kick just outside the area when Lawrence was brought down. Wayne Rooney stood over it and bent his effort towards the far post. Jonas Lossl punched it away into the path of Max Bird but Lossl was there again and this time kept hold of the ball.
Both sides saw shots sent wide in the final five minutes of the half. First, Juninho Bacuna’s corner for Huddersfield found Campbell who headed inches off target.
Down the other end, Graeme Shinnie, who replaced an injured Duane Holmes in the 29th minute, rifled a low effort from range and Lossl just got there to nudge it wide.
Two minutes into the second-half, the Terriers were denied by the post when Campbell unleashed a shot from 20-yards out which smashed against the far post and rebounded well outside the box to give the Rams defence time to deal with the second ball.
Derby grabbed the lead just after the hour mark with a spectacular strike from Lawrence from a set piece. The Rams broke forward and Waghorn back-heeled the ball to Lawrence who crossed in and a Terriers defender sent it hurtling over the crossbar.
Rooney sent the resulting corner short to Shinnie who picked out the Welshman 25-yards out with space around him to send a stunning strike into the top of the net.
Their lead was almost instantly doubled when Andre Wisdom put a brilliant ball into the box. Waghorn dived to meet the effort with his head, but Lossl instinctively reacted to somehow keep the effort out.
Another corner and another Lawrence strike saw the Rams come close again with ten minutes left to play. Rooney sent the ball to the wideman outside the area who hit on the volley inches wide.
However, immediately down the other end, the visitor drew level. Toffolo picked up the ball on the edge of the box, beat his marker and sent the ball low across goal and into the far corner.
Roos then made an important save two minutes later to keep Huddersfield from snatching all three points. Steve Mounie ran through in the box and took his shot, but Roos stretched wide and got his fingertips to the ball to send it off target and save a point for Derby.
Derby County: Roos; Wisdom (Bogle, 79), Davies, Clarke, Forsyth; Bird, Rooney (C); Waghorn, Holmes (Shinnie, 29), Lawrence; Martin (Marriott, 62)
Unused Subs: Ravas, Jozefzoon, Lowe, Knight
Huddersfield Town: Lossl; Simpson (Willock, 80), Schindler (C), Stearman, Toffolo; Hogg, King (Smith-Rowe, 74); Kachunga, O’Brien, Bacuna, Campbell (Mounie, 74)
Unused Subs: Coleman, Chalobah, Pyke, Stankovik