Saturday evening witnessed many of the Championship’s big names heading out on the field and continued to build their solid base for the season. Two of the clubs that were battling for promotion spots were Stoke City and Derby County. They faced each other at the bet365 Stadium, looking to secure three points.

The home side were very excited when they appointed Nathan Jones to their managerial spot. But up to now, he still hasn’t lived up to the expectations of the fans. With a very tepid summer behind him, Stoke clearly wanted to improve their records and eventually aim for a playoff spot. A first win of the season would not only help the players improve their morale but also give them a head start.

Derby have wasted no time in finding a replacement for Frank Lampard in Phillip Cocu. The former PSV manager brought in a few names like Krystian Bielik or Graeme Shinnie alongside loanees such as Kieran Dowell and Matt Clarke to bolster the squad. They aimed to replicate what they have done last season and even better some might said. And continuing their unbeaten run up to now was what they wanted.

This tactical analysis will provide an analysis of the 2-2 draw between Stoke City and Derby County. Meanwhile, using statistics, we will point out what Stoke’s tactics and Derby’s tactics were missing and led to them missed out on two points.

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