Derby County 2 Huddersfield Town 0 - Jaden Brown sees red in Terriers loss
George Edmundson headed home his maiden goal following his loan move from Rangers before Martyn Waghorn sealed victory with his first goal since October.
It was Derby’s fourth consecutive home win and lifted them above Huddersfield, who started brightly with Fraizer Campbell forcing David Marshall into an outstanding save but ended with 10 men when substitute Jaden Brown was sent off.
Huddersfield started with the confidence of a team that had beaten Swansea convincingly on Saturday and almost went ahead in the 11th minute.
Juninho Bacuna played in Pipa whose low cross was met by Campbell, but his flick was brilliantly turned over by Marshall.
Derby responded by creating a good opening three minutes later with Graeme Shinnie heading the ball back to Colin Kazim-Richards, who could only direct his header over.
But Huddersfield were punished in the 22nd minute when Campbell made a hash of a clearance after a corner was cleared off the line by Nabby Sarr, and Nathan Byrne crossed for Edmundson to head in from six yards.
Huddersfield were looking vulnerable at set-pieces and Edmundson headed wide at the back post before Kazim-Richards drilled a free-kick straight at Ryan Schofield.
Town’s task became even harder in the 66th minute when they were caught upfield and were opened up by a brilliant pass from Kazim-Richards to send Waghorn clear and despite two defenders closing, he kept his composure to finish confidently from just inside the area.
The night went from bad to worse for the visitors who had Brown dismissed for a second yellow card in the 89th minute after he tripped Jason Knight just outside the box.
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