A very mediocre first half performance from Darren Ferguson’s men, saw them fall behind after a goal from Richard Keogh, as Rovers sported the 5-3-2 formation that Ferguson favoured upon his arrival at the Keepmoat back in 2015.
Passing from the defence was fluent for the most part, but as Rovers pushed forward Derby stood-up and were counted as they closed down Rovers attacks.
It was a case of work resumed as normal for Rovers as they continued to concede goals in their usual way – through set pieces. As a Derby corner found the head of un-marked centre back, Richard Keogh.
Trialist for first half – former Newcastle United defender – Steven Taylor had a good half as he was strong, commanding and accurate with his possession.
During the second half Rovers switched up the tempo, with James Coppinger and Andy Butler coming on for Joe Wright and Steven Taylor, respectively.
Rovers levelled things up with Alfie May playing a through ball to Tommy Rowe who managed to find the bottom left corner. This symbolised how good of a performance that Rowe had.
Then came the plethora of substitutions that you get on your stereo-typical pre-season friendly as Marosi, Beestin, Williams, Mandeville, Middleton and Khemis all came on for: Lawlor, Blair, Whiteman, Marquis, Rowe and May respectively.
James Coppinger showed that he stilled had it with a class performance from the Rovers veteran, while trialist (Issam Ben Khemis) impressed with another good performance showing strength, character and ability in midfield.
One particular noticeable improvement was the quality down the left-hand side with Danny Andrew and Tommy Rowe linking up exceptionally well down the left.
My Man of the Match: Tommy Rowe