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.

Nottingham Forest v Huddersfield Town - Sky Bet Championship
Juninho Bacuna of Huddersfield Town celebrates after scoring a goal to make it 0-2 during the Sky Bet Championship match between Nottingham Forest and Huddersfield Town at the City Ground, Nottingham, England on 17th April 2021. (Photo by Jon Hobley/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

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.

Derby County v Luton Town - Sky Bet Championship
DERBY, ENGLAND – APRIL 02: Graeme Shinnie of Derby County celebrates with Tom Lawrence and team mates after scoring their side’s second goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Luton Town at Pride Park Stadium on April 02, 2021 in Derby, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)

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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