FORMER Burton Albion star Jake Buxton was disappointed Derby County were not able to build on their flying start at Ipswich Town.
The Rams took the lead after only 34 seconds at Portman Road on Tuesday night courtesy of Patrick Bamford’s sixth goal for the club.
But Ipswich hit back to win 2-1 - Christophe Berra sealing the points in added time after Jonny Williams’ 68th-minute equaliser.
Berra’s late header denied Steve McClaren’s men a point which would have followed on nicely from Saturday’s stunning 5-0 victory over arch rivals Nottingham Forest.
“We were expecting a bit of a hangover from the Forest game - I imagine everybody was - but we came out on fire,” said Buxton.
“We controlled the first half, got the early goal and missed opportunities to add to our lead.
“We’re not blaming the lads in front of goal - I’m just saying we could have done a bit more as a team to get that second goal.”
Derby were unhappy with both goals they conceded.
Williams’ leveller was an unstoppable 25-yarder but he was not put under enough pressure following a short free kick by Aaron Cresswell.
“We dealt with nearly everything they had to throw at us,” said Buxton.
“There was a spell where we looked solid - but then we switched off at a quick free kick.
“The manager pointed out at half-time that they would do that and we didn’t close it down quick enough.
“When we gave that free kick away, we’ve got to get men behind the ball and focus.
“It was a great strike but considering how well we’ve been defending, it’s disappointing, because that’s not been us this season.”
That goal lifted the home side and, although both sides had chances to win it, centre-back Berra landed the killer blow, stooping to head in Cresswell’s corner from six yards.
“They got the bit between their teeth after the equaliser and put us under a bit more pressure,” said Buxton.
“But to concede at the end the way we did was disappointing, as a back four and from a centre-half’s point of view.
“We should have cleared the danger before that.”
Derby have dropped a place to fourth in the Championship table but still have a nine-point cushion inside the play-offs places after the likes of Forest, Wigan Athletic, Reading and Brighton also lost.
“We feel it was a missed opportunity, as other results went our way,” said Buxton.
“We were disappointed not to get something as we controlled 60-70 minutes of the game but let them back into it.
“We were under pressure at the end but felt we did enough to get at least a point.”
It was a bad-tempered affair, with both sets of players having gripes against referee Fred Graham.
“We were a little bit disappointed with some of the decisions but, ultimately, we let ourselves down,” Buxton added.
“We had the game in our hands and let it slip away, with a little bit of help from the ref.”