Derby County can feel pride again – The Athletic

Just over a week ago it was confirmed that Derby County would incur a further nine-point deduction for breaching Profitability and Sustainability rules, taking their total points deducted from 12 to 21.

If that news was not bad enough, it came in a week when Derby’s upcoming opponents were the Championship’s top two.

Bournemouth on the weekend, Fulham on Wednesday. Adding insult to injury, Sky kindly volunteered to air the impending hammering against Bournemouth at Sunday lunchtime. Give this poor club a break.

After a torrid season – when Derby’s struggles on the pitch have become an aside to the drama off it – this was billed as the week for supporters to drown their sorrows. A season characterised by pain and setbacks looked set to reach its zenith in a midweek fixture at Craven Cottage, at the mercy of Harry Wilson and company.

How do you respond to receiving a 21-point deduction paired with facing the two best teams in the league? For most, it would be to hide in their shell and try to stifle the opponents before eventually succumbing to their quality.

But it was Phil Jagielka and Curtis Davies rolling back the years. Tom Lawrence — linked with a move away from the club — remained focused on his job with Derby and stepped up as captain fantastic. Liam Thompson made a debut that was described as the best he had seen by Wayne Rooney. With the help of the fans, Derby overcame all expectations to collect four points from Bournemouth and Fulham.

Pride runs deep in Derby: Steve Bloomer’s watching; the Derby pride; Pride Park.

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