Martyn Waghorn scored a goal in each half to earn the Rams all three points at Pride Park, but it was the lead up to both goals that frustrated the Tigers’ Head Coach.
“The two goals that we conceded, we brought about our own downfall,” said Adkins.
“With the first one, we had to win the tackle in the middle of the pitch. From there, we knew that their wide players would look to penetrate for the sliding ball – we’ve shown video clips and practiced it on the training ground. We’ve said to the full backs to make sure they get a block in so that their player can’t get in but they’ve gone and scored from it. That’s annoying.
“The second goal was poor defending as well.
“It’s all ifs, buts and maybes. Derby are a good footballing side and very expansive so we’ve allowed them to have the ball in certain areas in order to try and intercept, counter-attack and try and be dynamic in the space that we created and we did that on several occasions, most notably when Fraizer Campbell has played a beautiful pass for Kamil Grosicki who has an open goal but he hits the post. I think it’s a different game if we score that one early on.
“When we had opportunities, the quality that the players have shown recently wasn’t there. It was frustrating. We were about to make a couple of changes when the second goal went in because we were still well in the game.
“We could have gone within a point of Derby with a win, but we’re now seven points behind them. All we can do is control our recovery because we have another big game against Rotherham on Tuesday night. It’s one that we’ll be expected to win because we’re at home against a side lower down the table than us.
“It will be a totally different game to this one and Rotherham create more chances from set-plays than any other side in the division. They’re direct and we’ll have to deal with that.”