Derby 5-0 Hull Player Ratings: Brilliant Davies

Nugent and Vydra – perfect combo?

Braces from Matej Vydra and Bradley Johnson sandwiched a Curtis Davies header as Derby ran riot with a 5-0 victory over Hull City. Here’s our player ratings from both teams.

Derby County

Scott Carson – showed some crafty mind games for the penalty and used his head to save from Dicko from close-range early in the second half. 7

Chris Baird – made up for his lack of physical speed with his speed of thought. Always got just ahead of Grosicki, always one step ahead. 7
Richard Keogh – a commanding performance. Some good passes out from the back, with an 88% completion ratio key to drawing Hull out of their shell. 8
Curtis Davies – dominant in the air and showed good movement to nod home the third from a right-wing corner. 10
Marcus Olsson – didn’t shy away from tackles and defended well, pushing forward when Weimann dropped back. 8

Tom Huddlestone – put in some key blocks that scuppered Hull’s momentum and some more measured passes out to the right, which were equally impressive with either foot. 8
Bradley Johnson – a bullish display in which Johnson imposed his physicality on the game, blocking anything that came his way. His two goals suggests Rowett has re-discovered the midfield goalscoring beast that helped Norwich to promotion in 14/15. 10

Tom Lawrence – gave away the pen but always looked lively, skipping away from opponents like a bar of soap. Didn’t get many chances to shoot with his right foot due to playing on the right but his deliveries were outstanding, including one cross for Johnson’s first. 8
Matej Vydra – worked his free-kick shrewdly, took his second with aplomb and could have had a first half hat-trick. Excellent movement throughout. 9
Andreas Weimann – this season was his last chance to prove himself at Championship level and he has taken it with some determination. The way he harried Hector for the fifth summed up a high-energy display. 9

David Nugent – held the ball up well, especially for Vydra’s goal. Showed good teamwork in the pressing that led to Johnson’s second, summing up a selfless display. 8

Sam Winnall (on 73) – pressed defences well and led one or two breakaways, but they didn’t come to much. 6
Johnny Russell (on 74) – full of running but didn’t have time to truly express himself. 5
Chris Martin (on 80) – didn’t quite have the pace to exploit the defensive gaps. 5

Hull City

Allan McGregor – wrongfooted for the first goal, beaten at his near-post for the second and might have commanded his area better. 3

Ola Aina – poor defensively and gave away the free-kick that led to the opener. Won the penalty though and was one of Hull’s brighter attacking players. 4
Michael Dawson – on paper the only leader in a young back-four but was unable to exert his influence. Could have been braver in the air for the fourth goal. 2
Michael Hector – often carried the ball out but did not show the diligence and concentration required, giving the ball away cheaply for the fifth. Now 25, having played in an FA Cup semi-final, that is not good enough. 2
Stephen Kingsley – lacked the intelligence to pick out Grosicki at times. Not Derby’s worst player but didn’t do enough to justify his place ahead of Max Clark. 4

Markus Henriksen – normally in a more defensive position than Aina. When his teammates closed down, he was sometimes too slow to follow it up and Derby exploited the gaps. 2
drifted into right-back position. His positioning was suspect for the second goal
Sebastien Larsson – couldn’t keep a cool head from the spot. Guilty of trying to press too far up the pitch on occasions and leaving gaps in behind. 2

Jarrod Bowen – A couple of bright moments early on, but afterwards he was forced over to the right touchline and was therefore unable to break into his usual goalscoring positions. 3
Jon Toral – lack of pace was part of his problem, especially in an attacking sense, but a bigger problem was the lack of desire. Never ran back when the ball went behind him. 2
Kamil Grosicki – forced inside due to Lawrence’s discipline and Baird’s nous, but a player of his calibre should have shown more technical quality. 3

Nouha Dicko – before his injury, he looked a striker that terrorized defences by running in behind. Since his injury, he looks a striker that can only come short for the ball and lay it off. Fear factor has gone on this evidence. 2

Jackson Irvine (on 70) – offered far more in 20 minutes what Toral offered in 70. Showed heart and energy, of which that can be said of few Hull players tonight. 7
Adama Diomande (on 74) – unlucky to be dropped from the Bolton game. Headed over from close-range with his only chance. 6
David Meyler (on 75) – another substitute who arguably shouldn’t have been dropped from the starting XI and offered more than the man he replaced. Grazed the bar late on. 7