Derby fans can't decide whether to be happy or terrified at securing play-off spot

Derby County Huddle

The Rams are assured of a spot in the play-offs after moving 12 points clear of Cardiff City with three games to go.

Derby County have finally gone some way to laying the ghosts of last season to rest after securing their spot in the end-of-season play-offs with a thrilling 3-2 win over Bristol City. 

Looking to cement their top-six spot, the Rams took the lead after a tit-for-tat start when Johnny Russell headed home from close range, but that advantage lasted barely a minute as Jonathan Kodjia beat Scott Carson for the leveller.

The promising start was completely forgotten just a minute before the break as Bobby Reid seized on Richard Keogh's poor headed clearance and beat Carson from distance.

However, Darran Wassall's side responded well after half-time and got themselves level again thanks to Craig Bryson's finish, before Tom Ince turned from provider to scorer as Derby completed a turnaround of their own in a topsy-turvy contest.

The Rams held out for the victory at Ashton Gate, and it proved to be enough to seal a spot in the play-offs thanks to Cardiff's defeat at Brentford, a huge relief for some after last year's dreadful late-season collapse.

For many fans, that was reason to finally celebrate what has been and up-and-down season for the East Midlands club.

 

For others, however, it was impossible to bask in the achievement given the memory of the last time Derby reached the play-offs two years ago, when they suffered a heartbreaking last-minute defeat to 10-man QPR in the final at Wembley.

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