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·2 November 2022

3 things we clearly learnt about Derby County after their 1-1 draw v Morecambe

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Derby County’s hopes of entering the top six were dealt a blow when they drew 1-1 against Morecambe on Tuesday night.

The Rams were hoping to build upon their impressive win over Bristol Rovers at the weekend and take three points back to the midlands but were incredibly wasteful throughout the 90 minutes.

They saw two penalties go begging as both James Collins and David McGoldrick had spot-kicks saved either side of the break.

Derby were unable to make their dominance pay though as Morecambe took the lead in added time before the interval with Brighton loanee Jensen Weir volleying into the bottom corner.

It felt like a night where it wasn’t going to happen for the League One promotion-chasing side.

The breakthrough finally came through on the hour mark when Louie Sibley was picked out on the edge of the box before the ball found its way into the bottom corner via a massive deflection.

It will have been a disappointing result for Warne but one which he will have taken plenty away from.

With that in mind, here are three things we learnt about Derby after their draw with Morecambe.

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Wasteful in front of goal

Derby have been wasteful in front of goal for most of the season and you can argue that this is the main reason why Liam Rosenior failed to get the job on a permanent basis.

Derby sit in the top four for shots taken and top six for shots on target according to WhoScored and they had similar issues against Morecambe.

27 shots in total, with 11 on target as well as two missed penalties will ensure Paul Warne will have been seething on the bus home.

Lack rotation options

It was clear that Warne’s side were lacking ‘legs’ towards the end of the game as tiredness crept in. With James Chester, Curtis Davies, Tom Barkhuizen and, Conor Hourihane to name a few all missed due to injury and suspension, Derby are lacking the option to rotate the team.

This will no doubt have an impact as players are showing tiredness and it means the Rams can’t maintain their intensity.

They got off to a fast start and tired towards the end of the first half leaving the Shrimpers a chance to capitalise when they switched off.

Need to take advantage of set pieces

One of the key issues for Derby for most of the season has been a lack of chances from set pieces.

They scored from one against Bristol Rovers at the weekend and have had plenty of opportunity to do so in previous games.

Against Morecambe, the Rams had 11 corners, none of which were fully taken advantage of and again, gives Warne plenty of food for thought.

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