Goalscorer reflects on 1-1 draw at Derby County
- Naby Sarr reviews the 1-1 draw at Derby County
- Senegalese defender scored Town’s equaliser at Pride Park
- Naby: “the team showed great character today”
Naby Sarr praised his teammates’ character and resolve after the Terriers came from a goal down to secure a point to start the Sky Bet Championship season at Derby County.
Having lost Head Coach Carlos Corberán and four First Team players due to positive COVID tests in the build-up to the game, Sarr was pleased that the team on the pitch didn’t come away from Pride Park empty handed.
“I think the team showed great character today, to come back from 1-0 down,” the big centre back explained.
“I think, overall, we did a great game and created some good chances. We could have taken the three points, but in the first game of the season – considering we were 1-0 down – we take the point today.”
Today’s game was actually Naby’s first 90 minutes of 2021/22 – he didn’t play a full game during the pre-season build-up – and he credited the squad’s pre-season work when it came to today’s performance.
He continued: “I feel good! All the lads have been working really hard for the past seven weeks, and then we had a difficult situation with the Head Coach and some players having COVID, we had to stick together and make up for the lads that weren’t here. I thought everyone played their part today.”
Naby scored the equaliser – a thumping close-range header – and was quick to praise the delivery of Man of the Match Sorba Thomas on his first Sky Bet Championship start.
“Even in training out of 10 balls, he delivers nine really good ones. We just have to be ready, as we know the ball is going to come into a great area, so it’s down to us to show great movement and try to score.”
It was also the first time that Naby has played a competitive game in front of Town fans, with over 2,000 in the corner at Pride Park. That experience, he explained has whetted his appetite for next weekend!
“It’s great to see (the fans), finally! We were 1-0 down and they pushed us, and right up to the last minute to win the game. It was really good to have some fans, and it’s going to be even better next week when we’re back home.”