Derby County 1-1 Huddersfield - Wayne Rooney's Rams draw Championship opener.


Derby was denied victory by Naby Sarra's strike at Pride Park in the ok Bet Championship.

Curtis Davies was celebrating his return to Derby earlier when he opened the scoring. Huddersfield responded quickly through Sarr, the 36-year-old defender who signed only Friday. Huddersfield had a great chance of winning it with Fraizer Campbell, but Kelle Roos denied them. Ryan Schofield saved Louie Sibley at the last minute to save the visitors. Huddersfield was unable to prepare for the match due to Carlos Corberan, the head coach, being tested positive for Covid-19. He also had four players from the first team. Derby is under a transfer embargo, but they signed three non-contract players Friday. Richard Stearman and Davies started the game. Huddersfield had the opening when Ollie Turton's 14th-minute low cross from the right was pushed out to Roos, but Derby snatched the ball away. Three minutes later, Derby had a chance when Max Bird played in Louie Watson. However, Schofield was able to drop the ball. Watson had another chance with a loose back pass in the 25th minute, but Schofield forced him wide before Colin Kazim Richards was able to deflect a header behind. Derby looked more dangerous and took the lead in the 39th minute. A corner was taken across the area by Duane Holmes, a former Derby midfielder. Davies then bundled the ball in at Davies' back post. Huddersfield won the match in 45 minutes when Sorba Tom scored a free-kick which Sarr powerfully kicked in. Huddersfield began the second half strong, with Turton whipping in an assist that Jordan Rhodes couldn't control in the area. Derby called in Sibley, and he fired right after racing to a Kazim Richards pass in the 55th minutes. Sibley missed a second shot when Derby broke again quickly. Davies saved his team in the 72nd minutes when he turned around a low cross following a quick Huddersfield counter. Matty Pearson swung over from the corner. Huddersfield had a great opportunity in the 81st minutes when Thomas played in Campbell, but Thomas's low shot missed the legs of Roos. Huddersfield won strongly, Holmes scored just wide in the 87th. Derby nearly took it in stoppage when Schofield turned over Sibley's drive. Managers' comments Derby'sWayne RooneyAfter all the preparations we have had, I'm thrilled for this group of players. It's been difficult this week, it hasn't been easy, I had to change my team three times yesterday morning, so for them to put in a strong performance and get a point, that is a positive. "I named the team yesterday morning because I had to prepare. That team was changed before my return from the training pitch because players had signed." Huddersfield's coach for the first team Danny Schofield: "It was a positive performance, first of all, a challenging match, and it's always hard to win on the first day against a good opponent. "I think that the pre-season preparation was really good. Every player in the squad knew their roles and responsibilities if they had to join the team, so it was a very smooth transition to get players in.

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