Derby County Community Trust’s Elite Football and Education squad took on their Birmingham City counterparts on Wednesday in a closely fought match which ended in a 3-1 defeat for Derby.
Birmingham scored from a free kick on 12 minutes to go 1-0 up.
The Rams side started gaining more of possession as the first half continued and equalised on the 28th minute when Kyle Daley and David Gabor worked well down the left side and delivered a low driven cross across the six-yard box that Niall Walters put home.
A goal on the 41st minute saw the blues come in 2-1 up at the break.
Another Birmingham goal just after half time left the Derby side trailing, and despite near misses in the latter stages, the final score stood at 3-1 and puts them 12th in the league before next week’s fixture against Norwich City in the League Cup.
Jacob Straw, the Derby manager, said:
“We’re obviously disappointed to lose the game but there were definite positives. I felt we worked the ball through the thirds really well at times but just lacked that creativity in the final third to pick that pass or cross that was going to create a key goal scoring opportunity.
“As a team we were disappointed to concede two of the goals so early on in each half and another one just before the half time whistle but this is something the players are keen to improve on going into the game against Norwich City next week”.