Derby County kicked off their 2019/20 campaign in style by defeating Huddersfield Town 2-1 in West Yorkshire.
The Rams showed no hangover effects from last season’s defeat to Aston Villa in the Play-Off Final at Wembley, looking comfortable throughout. Tom Lawrence putting the Terriers to the sword with a first-half brace.
A new manager in place in the East Midlands this season. Phillip Cocu is the man tasked with picking up where Frank Lampard left off after he returned to Chelsea.
It hasn’t been an overly busy summer for the Rams with just three new players added to the squad. Matt Clarke has joined on loan from Brighton, Kieran Dowell on loan from Everton and Krystian Bielik has signed permanently from Arsenal.
Clarke and Dowell both featured last night, with the central defender, in particular, looking the part.
The 22-year-old only signed for Brighton from Portsmouth this summer. The Seagulls opting to loan him out rather than use him in Graham Potter’s first season in charge of the club.
Clarke cost Brighton a reported £4 million, according to the East Anglian Daily Times, and he certainly showed his class last night.
Following his rock-solid showing for the Rams, here is a selection of tweets from the Derby supporters in relation to Clarke’s performance:
ffs derby, making me fall in love with another loanee…
— Jacob Hackett (@jhackett__) August 5, 2019
This guy will play for England. He is top draw.
— Davey Jones (@daveyjones_26) August 5, 2019
10/10 performance. One of the best debuts in a Rams shirt I can remember.
— stephen. (@dcfcstephen) August 5, 2019
Sign him up
— Christopher Duffy (@Christo11387126) August 5, 2019
Harry maguire 2.0
— Luke Clarke (@lukeclarke04) August 5, 2019
— Big Phil Cocu 🐏 (@BigCocu) August 5, 2019
Fantastic performance 🐏
— Jamie Probert (@Jamie_Probert1) August 5, 2019
Well done Clarkey lad top debut performance 🐏👍🏻
— Nathan Sumner (@Nathansumner84) August 5, 2019
— Phillip Cocu’s Daniel 🐑 (@daniel385723) August 5, 2019