Derby County’s play-off aspirations suffered a setback last night as they were beaten 3-2 by Bristol City at Ashton Gate.
The Robins led 3-0 on the hour mark thanks to goals by Nahki Wells, Filip Benkovic and Famara Diedhiou.
Derby did strike back when Martyn Waghorn and Chris Martin made things interesting, but it wasn’t to be and the Robins stood firm.
It’s been a strange old season for the Rams who have been very much a team in transition with Frank Lampard being replaced by Philip Cocu during the summer.
Derby have struggled for consistency and although their play-off dream isn’t dead, with every defeat the prospects of a top-six finish do look less likely.
The Rams are now 10 points away from a play-off place and are down in 13th in the Championship.
Last night’s game was lost through some pretty awful defending and one man in the firing line afterwards was defender Max Lowe.
The 22-year-old lined-up at left-back but was left badly exposed, at fault for arguably two of the Robins’ goals.
Lowe is one of Derby’s future stars and they will hope for more from him as the season progresses into the business stages.
After cutting his teeth on loan at Aberdeen it was hoped he’d have more of an impact during 2019/20, but things have proved a struggle at times.
Here is a selection of tweets from Derby fans on the performance of Max Lowe:
Why is max Lowe marking the biggest player on the pitch?
— DCFC (@DcfcFansTalk) February 12, 2020
Max Lowe has been awful tonight
— Lauren Tomlinson (@Lauren_T3) February 12, 2020
FULLTIME BRISTOL CITY 3-2 Derby
Guilty of our own downfall. Max lowe poor on set pieces. First 30 minutes brilliant football. Full backs first half poor shy away from ball different in first half though. Crosses… https://t.co/UDrIkU0fp2
— DCFC_STUFFS (@DcfcStuffs1884) February 12, 2020
Unpopular opinion, max lowe really isn’t a good defender, strengths going forward
— Ryan sharp (@RyanSharp93) February 12, 2020
Drop Forsyth for Max Lowe and look what happens.
— Horacio from Rosario (@RJ_Derby) February 12, 2020
Max Lowe exposed for his defensive frailties for both goals. Forsyth in
— Jake Barker (@JakeBarker1212) February 12, 2020
Max lowe big plus? He was terrible. Yes he set one up but he cant defend for toffee. Same as bogal
— Dave Lister (@DiscoDave1980) February 12, 2020