Aug 4, 2017 at 7.45pm UK at ​Stadium of Light
Attendance: 29,578
Sunderland
1-1
DerbyDerby County
Grabban (42' pen.)
Vaughan (89')
FT(HT: 1-1)
Johnson (11')

Tom Huddlestone: 'Draw with Sunderland a fair result'

Gary Rowett manager of Birmingham City looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Ipswich Town and Birmingham City at Portman Road on February 24, 2015
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Derby County midfielder Tom Huddlestone believes that his side were worthy of a point from their 1-1 draw with newly-relegated Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.

Derby County midfielder Tom Huddlestone has claimed that his side's 1-1 draw with Sunderland in the opening match of the new Championship season was a fair result.

The Rams took the lead through Bradley Johnson against the run of play at the Stadium of Light, but were pegged back shortly before half time when Lewis Grabban converted from the spot.

Grabban came closest to scoring the winner too when he hit the post in the second half, but Huddlestone - who was making his second debut for the club - believes that his side were worthy of a point from the game.

"Sunderland had a couple of chances in the first half and Scott Carson had to play well and we were probably lucky to go in 1-1 at half time," he told Sky Sports News.

"It's honours even and probably a fair result. We have a lot more in the tank. We can press and play better than we have shown today."

Derby are now winless in their last 14 visits to Sunderland, stretching back to December 1990.

Lee Cattermole of Sunderland in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Sunderland and Norwich City at Stadium of Light on August 15, 2015 in Sunderland, England.
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