John Brayford reckons Derby County were unlucky to lose at Hull City
JOHN Brayford felt Hull City were "lucky" to take all three points from their Championship clash with Derby County.
The Rams were beaten 2-1 at the KC Stadium on Tuesday evening.
They fell behind early in the second half when Egyptian international forward Gedo opened the scoring on his home debut.
Derby battled back and Jamie Ward's 84th-minute equaliser looked to have earned Nigel Clough's men a point.
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However, another Egyptian import, Ahmed Elmohamady, headed the winner for the hosts three minutes later and the Rams' misery was complete when left-back Gareth Roberts was sent off for a high tackle on Nick Proschwitz.
Brayford felt the final outcome was harsh on Derby.
"I think we deserved to get something out of the game, with the way we played," said the defender.
"It was very frustrating to concede so late and it was hard on the lads after all the effort they put in.
"They are second in the league and have one of the best home records in the division.
"But I thought we played really well and I can't believe we have come away with nothing."
Brayford was asked to fill in at centre-back, with Jake Buxton, Mark O'Brien and James O'Connor all unfit to start.
Kieron Freeman was handed his third start of the season at right-back.
"Considering the lads we had missing, I thought we were absolutely fantastic," said Brayford.
"It's a pleasure to play with the lads when it's like that – but we didn't get what we deserved.
"It was one of those nights when you're proud to play for Derby County after a performance like that.
"It's just a shame we lost the game."
Gedo and Proschwitz came off the bench at the interval after a goalless first half and inside 90 seconds of the restart, the former headed home Robbie Brady's left-wing cross to give Hull the lead.
Derby battled back, though, and their efforts were finally rewarded when Ward steered a shot into an unguarded net after keeper David Stockdale had misjudged Craig Bryson's centre.
"They made two changes at the break and got the early goal," said Brayford.
"There were a couple of things we could have done about that but I thought the way we responded was great.
"We picked ourselves up and went at Hull for the rest of the match.
"I thought the equaliser was fully justified and after that, I thought if anyone was going to win the game, it would be us.
"The gaffer made some changes and we looked a threat.
"We managed to get the goal and then it was about seeing the game out – or even go on to win it.
"We were looking comfortable and you could see their management on the touchline were getting worried by how we were playing.
"I think they will know they got lucky."
Lucky or not, Derby will feel they should have dealt with the corner which led to Elmohamady's winner.
"We felt there was a handball leading up to their second goal but obviously the referee (Robert Madley) didn't think it was," said Brayford.
"Everyone appealed for it but we should still have defended the corner better.
"We know we've got to defend the ball when it comes into our box from set plays."