Huddersfield Town's unbeaten run came to an end as Derby County ran out deserved 3-2 winners at the iPro Stadium.
Despite the Terriers' valiant efforts, goals from Jordon Ibe, Johnny Russell and substitute Simon Dawkins were enough to see off Chris Powell's battlers, with a Harry Bunn equaliser and a late Mark Hudson header proving mere consolation.
Town may have been unable to extend their seven-game run without defeat but there were still plenty of positives for Powell to take from his charges' display at one of the division's top clubs.
But how did each Town player rank in the 3-2 reverse?
See our player ratings below.
Smithies - Was left overly exposed for the Derby goals and was particularly unlucky to concede the second to Russell after he had done brilliantly to smother a Chris Martin effort. Comfortable with any crosses that came into the penalty area. 6.
Smith - A tenacious display from the right-back who embodied his side's fighting spirit. Gave much-needed width on the flanks and was fierce in the tackle but guilty of allowing too much space to Jeff Hendrick and then Ibe for the opener. 6.
Hudson - Dealt well with Martin for the majority of the contest but will be unhappy with his contribution for the opener as the right-side of Town's defence was pierced through by the hosts. Atoned for that with a well-placed header late on. 6.
Lynch - Neat with his passing and made a couple of impressive blocks in the second half but one inadvertently led to the Rams' third goal of the evening. He also failed to clear his lines for what initially appeared a contentious second goal. 6.
Robinson - Given a tough night from the outset by the lively Russell and did not know whether to follow his elusive runs inside or stay wide but never truly got close to him and struggled as a result. 5.
Scannell - It emerged after the game that the winger was ill and it accounted for an out-of-sorts performance when compared with his sensational recent form as he was substituted midway through the second half after failing to make much of an impact. 5.
Butterfield - Kept trying to force the issue in midfield and tested Derby goalkeeper Jack Butland with a series of efforts from range and his passing was typically incisive but struggled to get close to Derby's central midfield trio. 6.
Coady - A rare off-day for the midfield man who never really looked like stemming the Derby tide from central and wide areas but one challenge in the first-half on Will Hughes epitomised his effort and he never gave up. 5.
Bunn - The most impressive performer from a Town perspective as he capped a new two-year deal with a fine goal midway through the first half and kept probing in pursuit of further goals throughout. Also tracked back well to deal with Cyrus Christie. 7.
Holt - Battled against a strong Derby backline but was given little change by them and was starved of regular quality service from midfield areas and was forced to feed off scraps both aerially and in the channels, where he was forced to head to get on the ball. 6.
Wells - Similar struggles to Holt as he failed to truly breach the Rams' rearguard but did see one second-half opening come and go when his shot was deflected behind but never gave up and Ryan Shotton was booked for clipping the Bermudian as he looked to race through. 6.
Ward - Came on for Scannell but was unable to get into the game and made no real contributions. 5.
Majewski - Emerged from the bench after Town had conceded a third and although he went close with a shot immediately after entering the fray, it was a huge ask for him to change the game in the Terriers' favour. 5.
Paterson - Squandered one great chance during his brief time on the field but barely got a touch of the ball otherwise. 5.