Derby County boss Gary Rowett has to stop his side conceding injury time goals

Derby County manager Gary Rowett before the match

The Rams were undone in stoppage time yet again at the weekend by their East Midlands rivals Nottingham Forest.

Birmingham City Manager Gary Rowett ahead of the matchBirmingham City Manager Gary Rowett ahead of the match

As Nottingham Forest's Ben Osborn found an unmarked Dani Pinillos to head home from a corner to claim a 2-2 draw against Derby County, new Rams boss Gary Rowett saw first hand the problem which has hampered Derby's season.

Pinillos' header came in the 94th minute of the match, meaning the Rams have now lost a whopping 10 points from goals conceded in stoppage time - something which has derailed their campaign.

To put into perspective how crucial those points would've been, sixth placed Sheffield Wednesday are nine points clear of the Rams with eight games left to play.

Bristol City, Reading, Preston North End and now Forest have claimed draws from losing positions against the Rams in injury time, while Cardiff City and Huddersfield Town have found winning goals in time added on.

Derby County players look dejected after the matchDerby County players look dejected after the match

While the late goals have derailed the club's play-off bid, Rowett's first priority has be finding a way to stop his players switching off in the final stages of the game ahead of the new season.

Quite how he does that remains to be seen, but if Rowett didn't fully grasp the enormity of the job he's taken on, courtesy of a fierce East Midlands derby, he would've done by now.

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