The Rams headed into the encounter having won five of their previous seven matches including a 4-2 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers, a run which has seen them climb the table.
Huddersfield have often proven difficult opposition for Derby in recent years, yet Paul Clement’s men took control of proceedings and were thoroughly professional in seeing off the opposition.
While Chris Martin led the line superbly and Johnny Russell proved a menace on the wing, the game’s standout player was Thorne and his 30-yard winner was fit to win any match.
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As per the table provided by Opta Stats, the former West Bromwich Albion man contributed in a number of key areas as he, Jacob Butterfield and Bradley Johnson completely ran the midfield.
Thorne produced a Championship-high 113 touches over the course of the ninety minutes, while his 76 accurate passes was also among the highest tallies over the weekend.
From a defensive perspective, he contributed with two tackles, three interceptions, six defensive duel winners and a whopping 17 ball recovers – more than any other player on the pitch.
Thorne has always had Premier League ability, yet two cruel knee ligament injuries in his short career have halted his progression somewhat in recent years.
If he can remain fit, Derby undoubtedly have the best defensive midfielder outside the top flight and one who can strike a ball like no other, illustrated by his stunning finish against the Terriers.
The 2-1 victory moves the East Midlands outfit into the top six and five points off top spot, prompting plenty of fans to celebrate on Twitter and comment on the superb performance of George Thorne.
George Thorne is the greatest current English midfielder, no objections please. Also, WE ARE GOING UP! #dcfc— Ryan Hills (@RyanHills27) October 24, 2015
Thought Butterfield was very good, happy for him! Weimann good also, ran himself ragged. Thorne just oozes class, what..a...goal!! #dcfc— Shane Milburn (@Sheepshufter) October 24, 2015
What a result and what a performance, Thorne and Johnson absolutely outstanding!! Onto next week #dcfc— ashley (@elwell_ashley) October 24, 2015