Derby manager Paul Warne claims his side were denied the ‘sweetest of draws’ away at Bolton Wanderers.

The Rams started the game slowly, before taking the lead just after the half hour mark through a Conor Hourihane penalty.

Bolton then equalised just before half time through a penalty of their own, converted by Dion Charles.

Things got bad for Derby just after the restart as a mistake from centre back Sonny Bradley led to the sending off of goalkeeper Joe Wildsmith.

In the 66th minute it then went from bad to worse when a cross from the right hand side deflected off new signing Tyrese Fornah and looped over Josh Vickers into the derby net.

Despite a late charge Derby could not come away with at least a point.

What Paul Warne had to say

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Warne said to the Derby Telegraph: I didn’t think we started well for the first 10 minutes. Bolton came out for the traps and they are a good home side. We came here to try to win and we just didn’t have enough personality on the ball in the first 15. Then we looked dangerous.

“We got a bit of a grip on the game, scored the goal. The turning point is that Sonny gets the ball under his feet, we have the sending off and the game takes another twist.

“It was a fortuitous goal that went in. It just felt the longer the game we tried to make it a 15-minute game at the end when we went full agricultural soccer to try to cause mayhem.

“On another day if Collo passes across the six-yard box for Tyreece John-Jules I think it would have been the sweetest of draws I’ve ever had.

“I am disappointed. We came here to win, there were good signs of character but fundamentally we weren’t good enough.”

Warne will also be worried about the injury to Jake Rooney, which could be a long term injury.

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