Villa efforts may have taken toll says Paul as Town undone by two deflections
Paul Hurst felt there was little between the teams until Joe Ledley’s deflected strike put Derby in front.
Tom Lawrence added a second soon after with another deflected strike from a free-kick that saw the Rams to the three points.
“You could sense the frustration starting to build in the ground and their supporters weren’t sure what way it was going to go.
“We got ourselves into some promising positions but it was the final ball that let us down and we have spoken about that already this season. It’s that quality when you need it that counts.
“We were right in the game and it looked like the first goal was going to be crucial and while it was a great strike, I’m told it took a deflection.
“Once they were in front the pressure comes off a bit and the second goal I’m told again took a deflection and that wrong-foots Bart.
“We put in a couple of good crosses at the end but we didn’t really have the belief that we could get that goal. If we could have got one, you never know what can happen in football.
“We couldn’t quite get the press right tonight. Maybe the energy levels weren’t as much as we would have liked and that might have been down to Saturday and playing with 10 men but credit to Derby, they are a possession -based side and make you work hard to get the ball.”
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