NOT AGAIN: Whites settle for a point as another lead slips away
WANDERERS were left counting the cost of another two dropped points last night at Derby.
Dougie Freedman’s side are now unbeaten in three games after a battling 1-1 draw at Pride Park but looked to be heading for a priceless away win until the dying stages of the game when Jamie Ward’s late header salvaged a draw for the Rams.
Craig Dawson appeared to have headed the Whites into the lead just before half time – a goal later credited as an own goal by Rams skipper Richard Keogh.
Adam Bogdan made a string of fine second-half saves that seemed to be steering Wanderers towards only their third victory on their travels in the league this term.
But Ward’s late strike means the Whites have dropped an incredible 26 points from winning positions.
It leaves them 16th in the table – four points off the bottom three, and still 12 points off the play-offs.
Freedman was disappointed to have lost another lead and felt his side could have forced the issue more in the second half.
“Sometimes the best way to defend is to go on the attack and if we had got that second goal it would have killed it,” he said. “This is becoming a mindset and we’ve got to start learning how to go and win games.
“It’s a thing that happens with relegated teams. All of a sudden you find that you are forcing the issue. It is difficult.
“But I can’t fault the commitment or the quality or them putting their body on the line.
“We are good enough, we just need to change a few little things.”