Derby County stretched their unbeaten run to eight games with a 2-1 victory at Huddersfield Town on Saturday afternoon.

Chris Martin put Derby in front with a composed finish after 15 minutes to continue his impressive run of goalscoring form.

However, the hosts were back level just after the half hour when Harry Bunn scored from close range.

Derby weren’t to be denied though and a stunning strike from George Thorne three minutes after half time secured all three points and preserved the side’s unbeaten run away from home in the league.

Paul Clement’s side have now won six and drawn two of their last eight fixtures and now occupy a spot in the Sky Bet Championship’s top six.

Head Coach Clement opted to make just one change from the goalless draw at Blackburn Rovers on Wednesday evening with Craig Forsyth replacing Stephen Warnock at left-back.

Jeff Hendrick was still out due to illness so Jacob Butterfield kept his place in midfield, returning to his old club just under two months after joining the Rams on Transfer Deadline Day in an undisclosed deal from the Terriers.

Huddersfield, managed by former Derby defender Chris Powell, were unchanged from their 2-0 home victory over MK Dons in midweek.

After coping with some early pressure from the home side the Rams were quickly able to stamp their authority on the game.

Tom Ince and Johnny Russell both had shots deflected behind for corners before Derby opened the scoring after 15 minutes.

Martin, with his eighth goal of the season, kept his cool to calmly stroke the ball into the far corner from six yards out after Russell’s scuffed shot from 18 yards fell into his path.

The goal oozed of a striker in confident form as he quickly brought the ball under to control and then slotted the ball past the onrushing goalkeeper.

The Rams, at that point, had complete control as they dominated possession and continued to find themselves in good attacking positions.

They were dealt, however, a blow just before the half hour when Ince appeared to pick up a knock and he was replaced by summer signing Andreas Weimann in attack.

Moments later, on 31 minutes and against the run of play, Huddersfield hauled themselves back onto level terms.

Derby failed to deal with a ball into the box from the right and, after Miller thundered a shot against the crossbar, Bunn was on hand to scramble the ball over the line.

Martin glanced a header wide and Weimann blasted over as the Rams sought to retake the lead and only a fine piece of goalkeeping by Steer, tipping Shackell’s header over from Russell’s corner, prevented them retaking the lead four minutes before the interval.

Straight after half time Huddersfield carved out a shooting chance for Miller just inside the box but Carson made a fairly routine save.

Seconds later, Derby retook as Thorne produced a moment of sheer brilliance to bag his first goal in a Rams shirt since May 2014.

Butterfield’s cross into the box was only cleared to Thorne, who took a touch and then let fly with a superb effort from 25 yards which thundered into the top corner.

After his injury frustration last season, the outstanding strike in front of the 3,800 Derby fans was a special moment for the popular midfielder.

Huddersfield did show an immediate reaction to going behind by applying some pressure by trying to utilise the pace of Miller, but Derby’s backline stood strong.

By the hour, the Rams had managed to get a more firm grip of the game and were enjoying plenty of possession in the Huddersfield half.

Russell forced a routine save from Steer after cutting inside from the right to get a shot in before the goalkeeper produced two fine saves within 60 seconds to deny Derby a third with just over 15 minutes


First he managed to keep out a shot Cyrus Christie’s low shot from inside the box and then, from the resultant corner, he was alert to push away Martin’s glancing header at the near post.

The on-loan Aston Villa goalkeeper continued to keep the Terriers in the contest as the latter stages approached as he stood tall to save Martin’s shot, after the striker burst into the box from the left and looked destined to score.

Huddersfield did have a late change as substitute Jamie Paterson produced some neat footwork in the box to get a shot in, however he fired wide as Derby breathed a big sigh of relief.

That chance came during a spell of late pressure from the hosts, but ultimately Thorne's fine strike was, deservedly, the winner.


Huddersfield Town: Steer, Davidson, Whitehead, Hudson, Scannell (Carayol 21), Miller (Bojaj 83), Cranie, Huws, Bunn (Paterson 76), Wells, Lynch

Substitutes Not Used: Murphy, Smith, Billing, Boyle

Derby County: Carson, Christie, Keogh, Shackell, Forsyth, Thorne, Johnson, Butterfield, Ince (Weimann 26), Russell (Hanson 74), Martin (Bent 90)

Substitutes Not Used: Grant, Baird, Pearce, Shotton

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