After the Huddersfield match and the encouraging signs shown in the second half, I went to this game expecting a decent result.
It started brightly with Jamie Ward scoring very early on and then what seemed like a bit of a barrage on the Charlton defensive line.
It was a fairly dominating affair for the first half. Will Hughes seemingly dictating the entire pace of the game. Probably the best player I’ve seen for quite a while in a Derby shirt.
At 17 years-old and looking very much like he will continually improve, it’s quite heart-breaking knowing that there is very little chance of hanging onto this guy.
He can play at such a high tempo, can pass, tackle and is end to end with a school boy like enthusiasm. This probably explains why he looked a bit tired towards the latter stages.
Jamie Ward, amongst others were probably equally as good on the night but they’re a bit older so it’s Hughes that excites me. He’s already acquiring his own chants from fans, he’s getting mentioned at the end of games by Clough and no one can sing his praises enough it seems.
The only disappointment was that the last 30 minutes of the game got sloppy, especially considering us being 3-0 up. It can only be put down to fatigue in my opinion as they put in maximum effort to the 3-0.
When Charlton put two goals in inside three minutes I was a bit peeved but can easily forgive the players as up until this period they gave it 110 per cent.
However I wasn’t worried and wasn’t surprised they hung onto take the win. It was a deserved victory against a Charlton side that also deserved two goals.
In the next game against Burnley, I expect a good performance but there’s still work to be done, so I am going to predict a draw based on how competitive the league is, and welcome back to Jason Shackell - A Burnley player but someone who did very well playing for Derby last season.