In the latest update from Derby County, Notts County head coach Luke Williams expressed his admiration for Derby County’s performance following their EFL Trophy clash on Tuesday night. Williams described Derby County as exceptionally strong during the match, even though they ultimately won 2-1.
The Rams secured their second consecutive victory in the competition, enhancing their chances of progressing to the knockout stages. However, Derby could have taken a commanding lead in the first half, but they missed several scoring opportunities, resulting in only one goal by Louie Sibley.
Sibley added another goal after halftime, but Notts County showed significant improvement after the break and managed to score a penalty through Junior Morias. Reflecting on Derby’s performance, Williams commended their strength, emphasizing that the opposing team could have been in a much better position by halftime if not for some exceptional saves by their goalkeeper, who earned the title of the man of the match.
Williams also noted the quality and experience of Derby County, including their manager. He acknowledged that Derby posed a significant challenge and acknowledged the level of quality they exhibited. Williams admitted that his team stayed competitive in the game despite the potential for a more significant deficit.
In the second half, Notts County managed to create problems for Derby, and Williams recognized that Derby showcased their brilliance during the game. He expressed his satisfaction with his team’s performance, even though they could have been down by a more significant margin at halftime, and he attributed this to recognizing the level of quality that Derby County possesses.
Williams also singled out midfielder Sam Austin for praise, believing that Austin’s performance was noteworthy and suggested that he could easily play for Derby at a higher level. Williams expressed his surprise that Austin didn’t leave with the Derby County team and praised the midfielder’s abilities.
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