FORMER Scotland international Johnny Russell scored a crazy own goal as Derby presented Sheffield United with a 3-1 win.
The ex-Dundee United striker thumped an unstoppable first-time 16-yard drive past Scott Carson for the visitors’ second goal six minutes before the interval.
The former England keeper had already presented United with their opening goal in the fourth minute when he passed the ball straight to the feet of Billy Sharp who gratefully fired an effort into the empty net.
United boss Gary Rowett moaned: “You can’t legislate for mistakes like that.
“They gave us a mountain to climb, but there were other reasons why we lost this game.
“At the moment, our mentality away from home is simply not good enough.
“The first 20 minutes really summed up our problems. I spoke to the players about what to expect.
“We knew it was going to be a high-intensity game, the likes of Sheffield United are going to see teams like Derby and try and outwork them, outfight them and make it uncomfortable for them.
“You’ve got to match that intensity in any Championship game, particular away from home and we didn’t do that.”
Frontman Sharp made certain of victory for the Bramall Lane outfit deep in stoppage time when he once again shot into an empty goal after Carson had joined the attack for a set-play.
Substitute Craig Bryson’s header in the last minute of regulation time had given the Rams a brief moment of hope.