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MATCH PREVIEW: DERBY V TOWN

28 November 2017

A look at tonight’s clash as Blues travel to Pride Park

Current standings: Gary Rowett’s Derby occupy the final Play-Off place following victory over Middlesbrough last time out, and could rise to fourth with three points against Town. Mick McCarthy’s Blues are 10th but a win  this evening would push Blues up one place at least.

League form:

Derby - 10/15 points.                                               
Leeds (A) W 2-1                                                         
Reading (H) L 4-2                                                       
Fulham (A) D 1-1                                                        
QPR (H) W 2-0                                                          
Middlesbrough (A) W 3-0  

Town – 5/15 points
Cardiff (A) L 3-1   
Preston (H) W 3-0    
Hull (A) D 2-2    
Sheff Wed (H) D 2-2                             
Aston Villa (A) L 2-0

Last time we met: Town 0-3 Derby 31.01.17
Derby cruised to victory when the two clubs last met in January. First-half strikes from Craig Bryson, Tom Ince and Darren Bent secured three points for the visitors at Portman Road. Rams immediately established an advantage when Bryson struck in the early stages and in the 12th minute they had a second as Ince found the net with a stunning curled effort. Blues grew into the game but the result was put beyond doubt when former Tractor Boy Bent headed in from close range in first-half stoppage time.

Previous meetings at Pride Park:
06.04.13 Derby 0-1 Town
01.10.13 Derby 4-4 Town
30.08.14 Derby 1-1 Town
07.05.16 Derby 0-1 Town
13.09.16 Derby 0-1 Town

One to watch: Matej Vydra.
With seven goals in his last six Championship matches, Matej Vydra is hot property for Derby right now. The Czech attacker put three past Middlesbrough last time out to take his league tally to 11 this campaign while also chipping in with two assists. Vydra boasts the best minutes-to-goal ratio (converting on average every 79 minutes) in the Championship for anyone that’s scored more than five times this season.

Could be the difference: Mick McCarthy.
Mick is unbeaten in his last 10 away league visits to Derby (W6 D4). His last defeat there came in March 1995 when his Millwall side lost 3-2 at The Rams’ old Baseball Ground.

 

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DERBY 0 TOWN 1

28 November 2017

Connolly goal makes it three of a kind for Blues

Town left Pride Park with a third successive 1-0 win at the stadium thanks to a first goal for the Club from Callum Connolly. 

The Everton loanee struck after five minutes, heading in from a corner in an accomplished first-half display from Mick McCarthy’s side.

Derby threatened after the break, Bart Bialkowski making an outstanding save but Blues held on for a really impressive result.

Town made three changes to the team that went down at Aston Villa at the weekend, with Emyr Huws in for his first start since recovering from an achilles problem. Jordan Spence and Bersant Celina returned to the line-up with the injured Joe Garner one of the trio that missed out.

Former Town loanee Tom Lawrence headed wide in the game’s first opening but on five minutes Blues were ahead, Martyn Waghorn’s vicious corner met by Connolly’s glancing header and the ball was judged to have crossed the line after hitting the bar, with Hawkeye in operation.

Grant Ward sent in a terrific cross from a tight angle that Scott Carson held on to after Waghorn had won the initial header, then at the other end Luke Chambers’ superbly timed challenge stopped Matej Vydra getting clear on goal.

Ward sent another cross that had Carson back-peddling before seeing the ball drift pass the far post as Town continued to carry a threat, Adam Webster then finding Ward with an incisive ball, Connolly’s shot denied from the pass inside.

Derby responded with Lawrence’s cross volleyed wide by Andreas Weimann at the far post, then Wales international Lawrence went down in the box under a challenge from Spence but with the Rams looking for a penalty, referee Scott Duncan booked the wideman instead.

Curtis Davies had a volley from a corner cleared off the line, Bialkowski dealing with Lawrence’s free-kick, then Town’s ‘keeper was quickly off his line to smother then danger after a clever flick from Vydra.

Ward proved a constant threat on the break in the first-half and he won a free-kick down the left that Huws couldn’t get enough on with his head, Richard Keogh clearing.

Weimann had a shot deflected wide, David Nugent going close from the corner as Town saw out the first-half with the goal intact.

Nugent was replaced by Chris Martin at the break in the game’s first change but the Rams were almost two down inside two minutes of the restart, Carson denying Connolly from close range.

Connolly was in the thick of the action again seconds later, winning a free-kick 30 yards out after being fouled by Tom Huddlestone. Town lost possession though and Derby countered at pace and it took a superb save from Bialkowski to keep out Huddlestone’s deflected strike.

Webster cleared from Weimann’s cross, while at the other end the ever-willing  Waghorn found space but pulled his shot wide of the far post.

Vydra spun away and had Bialkowski scampering across goal with a 20 yarder as the Rams turned up the heat on the Town goal, Chambers then booked for a foul on Lawrence that will see him miss Saturday’s game against Nottingham Forest through suspension.

Flynn Downes and Freddie Sears replaced Celina and Huws on the hour, Keogh, whose driving runs from deep started to pose a problem for Blues, won a free-kick on the edge of the box, Vydra’s strike deflected wide.

Martin had a shot blocked, Vydra miskicked in front of goal from Weimann’s cross before Johnny Russell and Tristan Nydam entered the fray with Connolly making way for Blues.

Cole Skuse robbed Lawrence when a goal looked on the cards after a flowing move from the home side, Waghorn then going down in the box at the other end and for a split second it looked a penalty but referee Duncan pointed for a corner.

Downes picked up his fifth yellow card of the season and a suspension for kicking the ball away at a free-kick, Lawrence’s ambitious effort going wide.

Vydra was much closer with an acrobatic right foot effort as the Rams threw everything at the Town goal in search of an equaliser, George Thorne claiming a penalty then Joe Ledley hammering the ball over at the far post but Town held on for a terrific three points.   
  

Derby: Carson, Forsyth, Keogh, Lawrence, Baird, Weimann (Russell 69), Vydra, Nugent (Martin 46) Davies (Thorne 82), Ledley, Huddlestone. Subs not used: Mitchell, Wisdom, Pearce, Olsson. Booked: Lawrence, Russell, Baird.

Town: Bialkowski, Spence, Chambers, Webster, Knudsen, Huws (Downes 60), Connolly (Nydam 71), Skuse, Ward, Waghorn, Celina (Sears 60). Subs not used: Gerken, Iorfa, Bishop, Morris. Booked: Chambers, Webster, Downes.
Att: 24, 475





 
  

   



 

 

 

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