A result that Derby County fans would usually cheer, Nottingham Forest’s recent defeat at the hands of Huddersfield Town has done the Rams no favour in their bid for Championship survival.

Chris Hughton’s side appear to have parted ways with their relegation fears and now look in a comfortable position to retain their second-tier status, but the same couldn’t be said for the Terriers before their 2-0 triumph at the City Ground.

Aaron Rowe struck late in the first half to see the visitors boast a slender lead at half-time before Juninho Bacuna doubled the advantage in the second half.

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Huddersfield’s victory means they are now seven points clear of the bottom three although Rotherham United, placed 22nd, do have two games in hand over Carlos Corberan’s men.

Wycombe Wanderers and Sheffield Wednesday also gained a point each on Saturday in their draws with Swansea City and Bristol City respectively, meaning once again Derby were one of the only teams fighting relegation that failed to grind out any sort of result.

Wayne Rooney’s squad sit just four points outside of the drop zone, with Rotherham boasting two games in hand over the Rams as well after losing t Birmingham City on Sunday afternoon; the Blues travel to Pride Park in the next round of fixtures.

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It goes without saying that the Rams’ upcoming fixture against Lee Bowyer’s side is absolutely crucial. Derby’s relegation fears are very real. With little to be positive about and the club owning the worst form in the division, one of the Championship’s longest-serving sides may be set to depart.

It is sure to be a nail-biting end to the season.

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