Mark Robins labelled this derby a game of two halves – and was frustrated Huddersfield Town didn’t gain a share of the spoils.
The former Barnsley boss accepted his team were second best in the first half, when David Flitcroft’s Reds took advantage with two goals.
But after the break, Robins said it was a different story, and that Town could, and should, have levelled.
“In the first half, we were poor, with too many players off the pace,” said the boss.
“They deserved their two-goal lead, because they were better than us, stronger than us and quicker than us.
“That was a big disappointment. We are a decent side and we have shown that in the last few weeks, but we dipped below the level needed in the first half.
“In the second half, we were a lot better, and unlucky to lose the game in the end, although they could have won it 3-1 with a late breakaway goal as we pushed for the equaliser.
“Adam Clayton’s slide-through pass for Vaughany’s goal was as good as anything we have seen this season and the finish as good as his usually are.
“We almost carved out that key chance to level, but we were a little bit too direct in terms of trying to find that killer ball.
“One or two opportunities flashed across the face of goal when we should have done better – we needed someone to gamble on getting on the end of the crosses.”
Robins, who replaced Martin Paterson with Sean Scannell in his starting side, once again switched formation during the game, with captain Peter Clarke playing right-back at one stage.
“In the second half, I felt we needed more width, to get at them a bit more down the flanks, so we went 4-3-3,” explained Robins.
“Later I wanted more of a goal threat so went back to 3-5-2 with (substitute) Danny Ward and Adam Hammill as wing-backs.”
Robins watched Town’s academy side beat Derby 1-0 at Canalside on Saturday morning with a goal by Jake Charles. The Under 21s go to Crewe today (1.00).