Derby County looked more like relegation favourites than promotion chasers against Portsmouth on Wednesday night and will need to find a quick fix as fans are beginning to ask questions already about boss Paul Clement ahead of their clash with Charlton Athletic on Saturday.
It was goals from Adam McGurk and Conor Chaplin that condemned the Rams to defeat, but the performance from Clement's side was far more worrying than the end result.
Lee Grant - 5
Isak Ssewankambo - 5, Alex Pearce - 6, Jason Shackell - 7, Craig Forsyth - 6
Chris Baird - 7, Jeff Hendrick - 5
Andreas Weimann - 5, Simon Dawkins - 6, Johnny Russell - 6
Darren Bent - 5
Chris Martin - 5, Tom Ince - 6, George Thorne - 7
The biggest disappointment of the game was how tactically naive and slow Derby were in their build up play.
Grant and the defence seemed to have limited options when in possession, which ultimately resulted in a number of hit and hope passes that went straight back to the opposition.
Bent and Martin, who both played in the role furthest forward during their time on the pitch, were inexplicably isolated from the rest of the game as the uninventive service was all too easy for the League Two side's defence to read and clear up.
The wide attackers struggled to create opportunities, made a number of bad decisions on the ball and failed to help their full-backs out defensively. While Ince and Dawkins, during their time on the pitch, were all too easily crowded out when in possession.
Thorne, who was the last substitute used by Clement, Baird and Shackell all did a decent job for the Rams on the night, but will know all too well that the pressure will be on them as much as anybody else when the game against Charlton kicks off.
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