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Charlton 1 Derby 1 – match report

Charlton 1 Derby 1: Rams stop rot as Haynes' stunner cancelled out late by Ward


17:53 GMT, 29 December 2012



17:53 GMT, 29 December 2012

Substitute Jamie Ward scored from the penalty spot to secure a point for Derby at Charlton.

The Rams were staring at a third straight defeat after a Danny Haynes wonder-strike put the hosts ahead in the first half.

But after the break Charlton defender Michael Morrison fouled Richard Keogh in the area to earn a second booking and Ward, back after three months out injured, tucked in the spot-kick.

Spot on: Jamie Ward scored for Derby after Michael Morrison was sent off

Spot on: Jamie Ward scored for Derby after Michael Morrison was sent off

Spot on: Jamie Ward scored for Derby after Michael Morrison was sent off

Match facts

CHARLTON: Hamer, Solly, Morrison, Cort, Evina, Wilson, Stephens (Dervite 73), Pritchard, Jackson, Kermorgant (Fuller 85), Haynes, (Wright-Phillips 35). Subs Not Used: Sullivan, Wagstaff, Kerkar, Hulse.

Sent Off: Morrison (71).

Booked: Morrison, Hamer.

Goals: Haynes 19.

DERBY: Legzdins, Brayford, Keogh, O'Connor, Roberts, Davies, Coutts, Hendrick, Hughes (Ward 68), Tyson (Sammon 65), Robinson, Ward, (Jacobs 83). Subs Not Used: Fielding, Doyle, O'Brien, Freeman.

Booked: Hughes, Keogh, O'Connor.

Goals: Ward 72 pen.

Attendance: 17,761

Referee: Carl Boyeson (E Yorkshire)

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Charlton kicked off on the back of three straight defeats but took the lead when Haynes conjured up a stunning solo goal.

There seemed little danger when the striker collected the ball back in midfield with 19 minutes on the clock.

But he drifted out wide before swiftly cutting back inside and unleashing a rocket from 25 yards into the top corner.

However, Haynes' afternoon was cut
short after just half an hour when he pulled up with a hamstring injury
and was replaced by Bradley Wright-Phillips

Meanwhile, Derby were keeping Ben Hamer busy in the Charlton goal.

The keeper had already tipped over an
early Ben Davies free-kick, and was then called into action to deny
Theo Robinson and Nathan Tyson as the Rams pushed for an equaliser.

Yet Charlton could have doubled their
advantage before half-time when Yann Kermorgant chipped into the area
but Morrison glanced his header wide.

Top shot: Danny Haynes scored an absolute beauty to hand Charlton the lead

Top shot: Danny Haynes scored an absolute beauty to hand Charlton the lead

Wright-Phillips was then put through
by Johnnie Jackson but Derby keeper Adam Legzdins charged out of his
goal to make a fine block, before Lawrie Wilson fired narrowly wide.

Charlton began the second half like
they finished the first, with Wright-Phillips crossing for Jackson whose
header was off target.

Left-back Cedric Evina then forced Legzdins to tip his fierce drive over the top, and Dale Stephens' volley flew too high after he was teed up by right-back Chris Solly.

The industrious Bradley Pritchard charged the length of the field before winning a free-kick on the edge of the Derby area, from which Jackson was denied by another fine block from Legzdins.

Pritchard went even closer just after
the hour mark when he met Wright-Phillips' cross but crashed his shot
against the crossbar.

But the match turned in the 69th
minute when Morrison, who had been booked in the first half, slid in on
Keogh and was shown a second yellow card, followed by a red.

Ward, who had replaced Will Hughes just two minutes earlier, stepped up and sent Hamer the wrong way from the spot.

Derby could have snatched the win with eight minutes to go but John Brayford's header came back off the post.

Derby 1 Hull 2: Abdoulaye Faye scores winner

Derby 1 Hull 2: Bruce is back on top as Faye winner fires up Tigers



23:27 GMT, 21 December 2012

Steve Bruce brushed aside any thoughts of personal vindication as his Hull side jumped into the Championship’s promotion places.

The genial Geordie was facing life on the managerial scrapheap 12 months ago after being dumped by Sunderland.

But Bruce is not a man to sit licking his wounds for long. After four away victories on the trot only Cardiff are looking down on his team – and that by virtue of a superior goal difference.

Winner: Faye (second right) wheels away after scoring

Winner: Faye (second right) wheels away after scoring


Derby: Legzdins, Brayford, Keogh, O'Connor, Roberts (Davies 87), Coutts, Bryson, Hughes, Hendrick, Jacobs (Robinson 78), Sammon.

Subs Not Used: Fielding, Tyson, O'Brien, Gjokaj, Freeman.

Goals: Jacobs 45.

Hull: Jakupovic, Chester, Hobbs, Faye, Elmohamady, Quinn, Evans, Brady, Meyler, Koren (Cairney 89), Simpson (Proschwitz 76).

Subs Not Used: Amos, Rosenior, Mclean, McShane, Olofinjana.

Booked: Chester, Meyler, Evans.

Goals: Koren 25, Faye 50.

Attendance: 25,442

Referee: Darren Sheldrake (Surrey).

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This was, in many ways, a classic away
victory at a ground where Nigel Clough has made his energetic and
youthful Derby side a tough nut to crack.

Indeed, this game was wide open at the interval. Robert Koren marked his
100th appearance for Hull with a 25th-minute goal following a
well-worked move.

On the stroke of half time Derby midfielder Michael Jacobs scored his
first goal for the club after controlling neatly and thumping home a
25-yard volley.

But Abdoulaye Faye’s 50th-minute header from the outstanding Robbie
Brady’s corner earned the division’s best travellers their seventh away

‘It’s been some year,’ said Bruce. ‘For me, it was just a case of
whether I had the appetite for it but you know me. I want to work and
obviously I’m pleased.

‘But I’m more pleased for my owners Assem and Ehab Allam. I think they
have pumped something like 60million into Hull City. The club would
already be in oblivion without them.

‘Outside of Hull, nobody seems to give a damn about us. We were 33-1
shots for promotion at the start of the season and we have not been on
the radar but in our “principality of Hull” we are doing OK.’

Opener: Robert Koren gave Hull a first-half lead

Opener: Robert Koren gave Hull a first-half lead

The charge has been levelled at Bruce that he was too stuck in the past
to embrace new methods. But clarity of thought has seen him deploy three
centre halves.

Derby, reborn themselves under Clough, had lost only once in their last
11 home games prior to this. Clough’s side, who look vastly times
improved from the indisciplined, injury-ravaged crew he inherited four
years ago, had already allowed their concentration to lapse and fallen
behind after 25 minutes with what was, effectively, Hull’s first effort
on target.

Jacobs’ cracker levelled on the stroke of half time but once Faye converted there was no way back for the hosts.

Bruce was magnanimous at the final whistle, conceding that Derby had made life difficult for his team in the first half.

Clough was encouraged, too. The Derby manager said: ‘We have now lost
only two games at Pride Park this season. We must be doing something

Judging by the Championship table, so must Bruce.

Bristol City 0 Derby 2: match report

Bristol City 0 Derby 2: Rams raid in double-quick time to end road woes


17:31 GMT, 15 December 2012



17:31 GMT, 15 December 2012

Two goals in two first-half minutes gave play-off chasing Derby their first away win since October.

Jeff Hendrick volleyed Nigel Clough's side into the lead in the 34th minute before Craig Bryson nodded home a second to delight the 846 travelling fans.

Rams on the rise: Jeff Hendrick (centre) scores Derby's first goal

Rams on the rise: Jeff Hendrick (centre) scores Derby's first goal

Match facts

BRISTOL CITY: Heaton, Foster, Bates (Cunningham 44), McManus, Fontaine, Adomah, Dannis, Elliott, Bryan (Stead 71), Baldock, Taylor (Davies 46). Subs not used: Geken, Wilson, Pearson, Anderson.

Booked: Davies.

DERBY: Legzdins, Brayford, O'Brien (Freeman 87), Keogh, Roberts, Coutts, Hendrick, Hughes (O'Connor 90), Jacobs, Bryson (Davies 68), Sammon. Subs not used: Fielding, Tyson, Robinson, Doyle.

Goals: Hendrick 34, Bryson 36

Booked: Coutts, Hendrick

Referee: Andy D'Urso

Att: 12,526

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The Rams had goalkeeper Adam Legzdins
to thank for keeping their two-goal lead intact though, pulling off a
string of fine stops to help his side to a rare away victory.

Derby made the trip to Ashton Gate
looking to end a run of four straight npower Championship defeats and
they almost made the perfect start within six minutes when Paul Coutts'
corner was met by the right foot of Michael Jacobs but Tom Heaton
superbly tipped his clever flick around the post.

Sam Baldock's two goals helped City
to record a vital victory at Hillsborough last weekend and a fine save
from Legzdins stopped him from scoring yet again after Ryan Taylor
picked out the former MK Dons striker.

And Taylor was involved in the home
side's next chance but Albert Adomah fired over the bar after the ball
was rolled into his path.

The Robins had conceded more goals
than any other side in the division coming into this match and they let
in their 44th of the campaign in the 34th minute when Jacobs' cross
found Hendrick on the edge of the six-yard box.

And just two minutes later that lead
was doubled when Gareth Roberts swung a ball in from the left wing that
Bryson nodded past Heaton from five yards out.

City almost found an instant
response just seconds later when Adomah rampaged forward and set up
Baldock but his effort was kept out by the quick reactions of Legzdins.

Derek McInnes shuffled his pack at
half-time with Taylor being replaced by top scorer Steve Davies as they
searched for their first home win since August 25, a run stretching back
eight games.

But the visitors, who came into this
clash just three points off a play-off place, had the first real chance
of the second half when Jacobs' effort from the edge of the box was
deflected wide by Stephen McManus.

Just two minutes later Davies headed
Adomah's corner wide from 12 yards out and in the 74th minute the Scot's
came close to his ninth of the season with a 20-yard curling effort
which was saved well by Legzdins.

City were really upping the ante and had another two chances in quick succession.

First Baldock fired over the bar
before Adomah's looping cross found defender Liam Fontaine and his
close-range header forced Legzdins into a superb save.

Bristol City striker Jon Stead made a
welcome return from injury for the Robins but his only real chance, a
long range effort with five minutes to go, was comfortably saved by the
Derby keeper.

And Legzdins was called into action once again minutes later to push away Adomah's volley.

Derby 1 Cardiff 1 – match report: Theo Robinson denies leaders

Derby 1 Cardiff 1: Noone red card opens door for Rams to deny leaders another win



22:11 GMT, 27 November 2012

Craig Noone's sending-off proved costly for npower Championship leaders Cardiff as Derby hit back to claim a deserved point that maintained their fine record at Pride Park.

After falling behind to Heidar Helguson's close-range header in the 11th minute, the Rams, who have lost just once at home this term, enjoyed much the better of proceedings.

Yet it was only after Noone had seen red for two yellow cards in the space of three second-half minutes that Derby found a way through, with Theo Robinson converting a square pass from Craig Bryson.

Equaliser: Theo Robinson (left) celebrates after scoring for Derby against Cardiff

Equaliser: Theo Robinson (left) celebrates after scoring for Derby against Cardiff


Derby: Legzdins, Brayford, Keogh, Buxton, Roberts (O'Connor 26), Coutts, Bryson, Hughes, Jacobs (Tyson 67), Sammon, Robinson (Hendrick 82).

Subs Not Used: Fielding, O'Brien, Davies, Freeman.

Booked: Bryson,O'Connor.

Goals: Robinson 69.

Cardiff: Marshall, Connolly, Hudson, Nugent, Ralls, Noone, Whittingham, Gunnarsson (Conway 73), Kim, Helguson (Mason 79), Bellamy (Mutch 70).

Subs Not Used: Parish, Kiss, Gestede, John.

Sent Off: Noone (63).

Booked: Noone,Mutch.

Goals: Helguson 11.

Att: 20,911

Ref: Mark Brown (East Yorkshire).


Cardiff boast a perfect record at
home this term, but points on the road have proven harder to come by,
with Saturday's triumph at Barnsley only their third away win in nine

Malky Mackay's men defended
resolutely on this occasion, but could have few complaints at being
denied a fifth successive league victory over Derby.

Craig Bellamy and Joe Ralls replaced
Joe Mason and the suspended Simon Lappin in a Cardiff line-up still
missing several players through injury, while County were unchanged
after young midfielder Will Hughes shook off an ankle knock.

Both sides had chances prior to the visitors' early opener.

Bellamy should have done better when
firing high over the bar from 25 yards, while Derby skipper Richard
Keogh leapt highest to meet a right-wing corner, only for Noone to
scramble the ball off the line.

Cardiff were soon in front courtesy
of Helguson, who was on hand to nod home a rebound after Mark Hudson's
looping header had been tipped on to the crossbar by Adam Legzdins.

Michael Jacobs curled an effort
narrowly wide and Hudson produced a fine aerial clearance to deny
Robinson as Derby responded well.

After Kim Bo-kyung and Bryson had
seen chances go begging at either end, the Rams were then forced into a
change in the 28th minute as Gareth O'Connor replaced a limping Gareth

Can't miss: Striker Heidar Helguson (right) scores for Cardiff early on

Can't miss: Striker Heidar Helguson (right) scores for Cardiff early on

Nigel Clough's men finished the first
half stronger and David Marshall pulled off a fine low save to deny
Paul Coutts before Jake Buxton sent a header on to the roof of the net.

Cardiff remained on the back foot
after the interval, but could have extended their lead when Bellamy
broke clear on the counter. However, the veteran forward once again
failed to keep his shot down.

Strong appeals for a Derby penalty
were waved away after Noone appeared to block Bryson's goalbound shot
with his arm. Yet within seconds, the Cardiff winger was handed a second
booking in quick succession following a late challenge on Hughes.

The hosts swiftly capitalised as Bryson surged into the area before squaring to leave Robinson with the simplest of tap-ins.

Helguson almost restored his team's
lead when he beat Legzdins to a left-wing cross, yet the momentum
remained with Derby and full-back John Brayford twice went close before
another shout for handball in the Cardiff area, this time by Peter
Whittingham, fell on deaf ears.

Ultimately, the Welsh side were able
to hold on, although Paul Connolly was forced to head off the line
during six minutes of injury-time.

Wolves 0 Millwall 1 – match report: Andy Keogh strikes

Wolves 0 Millwall 1: Keogh punishes his old side and turns heat up on Solbakken



22:23 GMT, 27 November 2012

Andy Keogh piled the pressure on his former employers and under-fire manager Stale Solbakken as in-form Millwall extended their unbeaten run to 12 games.

The striker, who swapped Wolves for the Lions in January after five years at Molineux, proved the inevitable matchwinner with a 79th-minute effort after being teed up by on-loan West Brom strike partner Chris Wood.

Wanderers boss Solbakken will be growing increasingly concerned with his side's struggles having now gone nine matches without a win, slipping from third place in the npower Championship table to 18th.

That'll do: Andy Keogh is mobbed by his team-mates after scoring the only goal of the game

That'll do: Andy Keogh is mobbed by his team-mates after scoring the only goal of the game


Wolverhampton: Ikeme (De Vries 66), Stearman (Ebanks-Blake 82), Johnson, Berra, Ward, Pennant (Forde 69), Edwards, Sigurdarson, Davis, Sako, Doyle.

Subs Not Used: Nouble, Batth, Doumbia, Foley.

Millwall: Forde, Adam Smith, Shittu, Beevers, Lowry, Feeney (N'Guessan 73), Abdou, Wright, Chris Taylor, Keogh (Jack Smith 90), Wood.

Subs Not Used: Maik Taylor, Racon, Osborne, Malone, O'Brien.

Goals: Keogh 79.

Att: 18,174

Ref: Michael Naylor (Sheffield).


More worrying will be his team's
constant inability to perform in the second half, with tonight no
exception following a dominant first-half display.

Wolves were booed off at the full-time whistle, with home supporters having not witnessed a home victory since late September.

The Black Country club went into the
encounter second-bottom in a form table which was led by Millwall, who
have now won their last four games thanks to Keogh's fifth goal of the
season to rise up to fifth place.

The first half's biggest talking point
arrived with 12 minutes on the clock as Danny Shittu brought down Kevin
Doyle when moving into the penalty area, but the challenge was deemed
to have been made just outside the box by referee Michael Naylor.

Wolves, inspired by Bakary Sako after
he passed a fitness test on a thigh strain, had certainly made the more
promising start although they had failed to seriously test Lions
goalkeeper David Forde in the opening quarter.

Christophe Berra made a great challenge to nick the ball off the toe of Wood as he threatened to break clear for the visitors.

Bjorn Sigurdarson came close to
connecting with Sako's cross as the game started to flow from end to
end, with Adam Smith then finding the side-netting from the right of the
penalty area for Millwall.

But the excitement which dominated the
opening half an hour dissipated as the first half wore on, with the
game goalless at the interval.

Chris Taylor fired wide from distance
within 51 seconds of the restart as Millwall broke swiftly on the
counter before Keogh then tried his luck.

Doyle sent a shot off target for the
hosts but, as has so often been the case this season, Wolves were
considerably off the pace after the restart.

Wood came close to getting on the end of a ball into the box as Millwall looked the more likely to make the breakthrough.

Solbakken was given another dilemma as
goalkeeper Carl Ikeme suffered a hand injury and was eventually forced
off in the 66th minute.

However, despite Wolves' inadequacies Millwall were hardly looking seriously threatening themselves.

The home side finally enjoyed a
second-half shot with 76 minutes on the clock – much to the ironic joy
of the home support – as Dave Edwards fired over.

But those supporters were soon
watching Millwall fans celebrate as Wood held the ball up well and laid
off for Keogh to fire home from 12 yards.

Wanderers substitute Sylvan Ebanks-Blake twice came close to an equaliser but it did not come for Wolves.

Crystal Palace 3 Derby 0 match report:

Crystal Palace 3 Derby 0: Murray and Moritz are too hot for toothless Rams


17:42 GMT, 17 November 2012



17:42 GMT, 17 November 2012

Glenn Murray and Andre Moritz fired Crystal Palace two points clear at the top of the npower Championship.

The Eagles' in-form frontmen made it
three wins out of three for new boss Ian Holloway and stretched their
unbeaten run to 14 matches.

Hit man: Glenn Murray heads home the first goal

Hit man: Glenn Murray heads home the first goal


Crystal Palace: Speroni, Ward, Delaney, Ramage, Parr, Dikgacoi, Moritz (Garvan 76), Jedinak, Bolasie (Easter 89), Murray (Wilbraham 89), Zaha. Subs Not Used: Price, Blake, Moxey, O'Keefe.

Booked: Jedinak.

Goals: Murray 12, Moritz 58, Murray 82.

Derby: Legzdins, Brayford, Keogh, Buxton, Roberts, Coutts (Tyson 80), Hendrick, Hughes, Jacobs, Bryson, Sammon (Robinson 74). Subs Not Used: Fielding, O'Brien, O'Connor, Gjokaj, Hoganson.
Booked: Brayford, Jacobs.

Att: 16,211

Ref: Fred Graham (Essex).

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Murray grabbed his sixth and seventh goals in four games and Brazilian Moritz – whose inclusion from the start was the first change Holloway has made to the team since he took over – rifled in his third in three.

Derby, by contrast, failed to muster an effort on target and crashed to a second defeat in a week in south London following last Saturday's loss at Millwall.

And the Rams were architects of their own downfall when they gifted Murray a simple opener after 12 minutes.

Yannick Bolasie swung in a corner and the striker was left unmarked at the far post for an easy header.

They could have doubled their lead eight minutes later when Derby's defending from corner's was exposed again.

Moritz's cross was met by Palace skipper Mile Jedinak, but this time the header flashed wide.

Two much: Andre Moritz celebrates doubling advantage

Two much: Andre Moritz celebrates doubling advantage

And midway through the first half another Moritz corner caused problems with Richard Keogh almost diverting the ball into his own net.

The lively Moritz then had a shot deflected wide and, from Bolasie's corner, Jonathan Parr was just off target before Kagisho Dikgacoi played a neat one-two with Murray before blazing over.

Derby finally managed an effort of sorts two minutes before the interval but Jake Buxton's header did not trouble Palace's under-worked keeper Julian Speroni.

After the break Wilfried Zaha, fresh from his brief England debut in Sweden, showed a glimpse of his class with a trademark run and cross to Moritz, who should have doubled Palace's lead but scooped his shot over from eight yards.

Holloway does not need telling a 1-0 lead is always dangerous, especially when your team are well on top, and Keogh could have hit Palace with a sucker punch after 50 minutes but his header flew over.

But moments later they got their two-goal cushion, and in some style. Damien Delaney's ball into the area was headed down by Murray and there was Moritz to apply the finish with a sweet left-footed volley.

Dikgacoi came close with a near-post effort from Moritz's corner but his shot flew inches over, but Murray wrapped up another Palace victory with a strong run and shot into the roof of the net with nine minutes left.

Millwall 2 Derby 1: match report

Millwall 2 Derby 1: Henderson not missed as Keogh takes advantage


17:22 GMT, 10 November 2012



17:22 GMT, 10 November 2012

Andy Keogh celebrated his return to the Millwall starting line-up with the goal which sank Derby.

The Republic of Ireland striker only started due to an injury to Lions top scorer Darius Henderson, but he made his mark by grabbing the winner with 14 minutes to go.

Lions pride: Millwall's Liam Feeney (second right) is congratulated after grabbing the first goalscoring their first goal

Lions pride: Millwall's Liam Feeney (second right) is congratulated after grabbing the first goalscoring their first goal

Match facts

MILLWALL: Forde, Smith, Beevers, Shittu, Lowry, Trotter, Abdou, Feeney, Taylor (Malone 45), Keogh, Wood. Subs not used: Taylor, Wright, Batt, Smith, N'Guessan, Osborne.

Goals: Feeney 33, Keogh 76

Booked: Lowry

DERBY: Legzdins, Brayford, Keogh, O'Connor, Roberts, Coutts, Bryson, Hendrick, Hughes, Sammon (Jacobs 81), Robinson. Subs not used: Deeney, Buxton, Tyson, O'Brien, Davies, Freeman.

Goals: Hughes 53

Booked: Bryson, Hendrick, Robinson

Referee: G Salisbury

Att: 10,392

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Derby rookie Will Hughes, who earned
a call-up to the England Under-21 squad this week, had earlier
cancelled out a controversial opener from Liam Feeney.

Millwall were not only without
Henderson and in-form winger James Henry through injury, but manager
Kenny Jackett was also absent, laid low through illness.

Yet despite those setbacks the hosts dominated the first half. Rams
keeper Adam Legzdins dealt with a couple of early long-range efforts
from Liam Trotter and Chris Wood before Shane Lowry's shot from a
half-cleared corner was blocked by Hughes.

Wood, on loan at The Den from West
Brom, should have done better after 20 minutes when he met Feeney's
corner only to blaze his shot over the crossbar.

But it was Feeney, himself only
recalled to the side due to Henry's injury, who broke the deadlock in
the 33rd minute with a first-time shot from Chris Taylor's cross.

His celebrations were initially
curtailed by an offside flag but referee Graham Salisbury consulted with
his assistant before signalling for a goal.

The Lions could have doubled their
lead before the interval when Keogh curled the ball into the area but
Wood was inches away from getting the crucial touch.

Derby only created a couple of half
chances in the first period with Hughes seeing a shot blocked by Danny
Shittu and Richard Keogh firing over from long range.

Millwall continued where they left
off at the start of the second half with Feeney firing narrowly wide and
Lowry heading over from a corner.

However, the Rams grabbed a shock
equaliser in the 53rd minute when Craig Bryson laid the ball off for
Hughes and the 17-year-old crashed in his second senior goal from 20

But Millwall regained the lead and
stretched their unbeaten run to nine matches when Scott Malone laid
Feeney's long ball off to Keogh, who neatly tucked in his fifth goal of
the season.

Lions keeper David Forde saved a
late drive from Michael Jacobs as the hosts held on to provide the
perfect pick-me-up for Jackett.

Derby 1 Blackburn 1 – match report

Derby 1 Blackburn 1: Robinson leaves it late to deny Black first Rovers win



16:49 GMT, 20 October 2012

Theo Robinson struck a minute from time to rescue a point for Derby and deny Blackburn caretaker manager Eric Black a first victory.

Rovers' 8million pound signing Jordan Rhodes looked to have secured the points for the away side with a crisp volleyed effort in the 34th minute, but the Rams snatched a deserved equaliser when Robinson bundled home from point-blank range.

A share of the spoils continues Blackburn's unbeaten away record in the npower Championship, but the expensively-acquired squad have now gone five games without victory.

Leaving it late: Theo Robinson scores two minutes from time to rescue a point for Derby

Leaving it late: Theo Robinson scores two minutes from time to rescue a point for Derby


Derby: Legzdins, Brayford, Keogh, Buxton, O'Connor (Tyson 84), Coutts, Hendrick, Bryson, Hughes, Sammon (Jacobs 75), Robinson.

Subs Not Used: Deeney, O'Brien, Bennett, Gjokaj, Freeman.

Goals: Robinson 88.

Blackburn: Robinson, Orr, Dann, Givet, Martin Olsson, Lowe, Dunn (Formica 67), Etuhu, Pedersen, Rhodes, Kazim-Richards.

Subs Not Used: Kean, Murphy, Nuno Gomes, Rochina, Grant Hanley, Ribeiro.

Booked: Kazim-Richards.

Goals: Rhodes 34.

Attendance: 22,958

Referee: Mark Haywood

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Black boldly opted to relegate captain Danny Murphy to the bench, with David Dunn returning in the centre, with Derby unchanged from their goalless draw against Brighton last time out.

The opening exchanges were largely unremarkable, although Blackburn's passing was awry early.
Dead balls appeared their likeliest route to goal, Morten Gamst Pedersen twice causing problems with curling free-kicks from the left side of the area.

Richard Keogh dealt with the first one well but the second, in the 21st minute, was powerfully met by Scott Dann, whose header needed a strong save from Adam Legzdins.

Three minutes earlier Robinson had a good chance for the hosts, getting on the end of James O'Connor's cross at the far post but not managing a firm enough connection.

Back-to-back Derby corners caused problems, Jake Buxton's header diverted wide by Dann and Robinson's effort nodded high and wide.

Blackburn rallied and began to dictate matters in midfield and another free-kick, this time from the right, saw Pedersen draw a full-stretch save from Legzdins at the top corner.

In the 34th minute the visitors took the lead, Colin Kazim-Richards chipping towards Pedersen, whose cushioned header found Rhodes in support.

The Scotland striker waited for the ball to drop then fired home first time from 20 yards.

Bradley Orr, breaking forward from right-back, had two chances for Blackburn before the break but failed to add to the lead.

Deadly finisher: Jordan Rhodes opens the scoring for Blackburn

Deadly finisher: Jordan Rhodes opens the scoring for Blackburn

It took just 40 seconds of the second half for Rovers to go close again, Martin Olsson surging down the left wing and cutting back for Rhodes, who was desperately close to adding the finishing touch.

Derby were not giving up hope yet and fashioned a fine chance of their own when Jeff Hendrick's cross found Bryson 10 yards out.

The midfielder could not keep his snap shot down but the warning had been served.

Hendrick and Bryson both shot over in quick succession and Paul Coutts curled an ambitious effort on to the roof of the net as the Rams grabbed the initiative.

Derby continued to press without success, Buxton rising to meet a 66th-minute corner but missing the target.

Nigel Clough made the curious decision to move from 4-4-2 to 4-5-1 for the last 15 minutes, Conor Sammon departing to leave Robinson alone in attack.

Clough eventually remedied that by sending Nathan Tyson on and he drew a smart save from Paul Robinson within moments of coming on.

Derby were committing more men forward now and as Blackburn counter-attacked Mauro Formica went close to curling in his side's second from 25 yards.

The equaliser arrived in the 89th minute, the energetic Bryson drilling low and forcing an impressive save low from Robinson.

Unfortunately for Rovers the ball squirmed to Robinson and he converted, via Robinson, from a tight angle.

Derby 0 Brighton 0: Seagulls fluff their chances in lacklustre draw

Derby 0 Brighton 0: Seagulls fluff their chances in lacklustre draw



18:27 GMT, 6 October 2012

Derby and Brighton played out a lacklustre goalless draw at Pride Park in a game where the visitors enjoyed plenty of possession which they failed to convert into goals.

Brighton manager Gus Poyet

Tense draw: It was a frustrating afternoon for Brighton boss Gus Poyet as he watched his side waste a hat-full of chances

For Gus Poyet's men it's a third game without a victory following their five-match winning streak which had seen them lead the way in the npower Championship during September.

But aside from a 20-minute period after the interval where Brighton had a series of good chances, they were unable to find the net as they badly missed injured top scorer Craig Mackail-Smith.

Match facts

Derby: Legzdins, Brayford, Keogh, Buxton, O'Connor, Coutts, Hendrick, Hughes (Jacobs 46), Bryson, Sammon, Robinson (Davies 76).

Subs Not Used: Deeney, Tyson, Bennett, Gjokaj, Freeman.

Booked: Keogh.

Brighton: Kuszczak, Saltor, Greer,El-Abd, Bridge, Bridcutt, Buckley (Dobbie 34), David Lopez, Dicker, Orlandi (Hammond 61), Barnes.

Subs Not Used: Ankergren, Dunk, Calderon, Agdestein, LuaLua.

Booked: Bridcutt, Bridge.

Att: 22,059

Ref: Andy Woolmer (Northamptonshire).

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The home side struggled to break down
a stubborn Albion backline who have now conceded just three times in
five away league games this season, this despite having nine corners in
the game.

Brighton looked a real threat early
on with their patient passing game, but the best they could manage was
Andrea Orlandi trying his luck twice from distance.

The first goalkeeper to be called
into action was Derby's Adam Legzdins, who had to be alert to save David
Lopez's free-kick which he managed to get up and over the wall and saw
it bounce awkwardly in front of the Rams shot stopper.

Derby struggled to get a foothold in
the game in the opening quarter and their first shot only came on 21
minutes when Paul Coutts dragged a right-foot shot wide from 20 yards

Orlandi then headed over the crossbar
at the far post after a deep cross, before the visitors were forced to
make a change as Tuesday night's late goal hero in the 1-1 draw against
Ipswich, Will Buckley, hobbled off injured to be replaced by Stephen
Dobbie – who struck an effort wide just before the break after a flowing

After a disappointing first half,
Albion hit the crossbar minutes after the restart when Liam Bridcutt's
left-foot shot from the edge of the area took a deflection and had
Legzdins rooted to the spot as it came back off the woodwork.

The Rams defence then backed off to allow Dobbie the chance to turn just outside the area and send his shot just over the bar.

The visitors were doing all the
pressing at the start of the second half as they bossed possession and
Lopez was next to go close but steered just wide of the left post after a
neat lay-off by Dobbie.

Brighton were the team looking most
likely to break the deadlock and Gary Dicker's inswinging corner from
the left was met by the head of substitute Dean Hammond but Legzdins
parried away before Gordon Greer headed the rebound wide from six yards

This seemed to wake the hosts, who up
to this point had barely had a shot on goal but then forced Brighton
goalkeeper Tomasz Kuszczak into two fine saves in a matter of a minute –
the Pole tipping shots from distance by John Brayford and then Craig
Bryson behind for corners.

Both teams endeavoured to find a late
winner and the home side enjoyed a five-minute period of pressure
without ever further troubling Kuszczak as the game ended without a goal
being scored.

Burnley 2 Millwall 2: Match report

Burnley 2 Millwall 2: Henderson snatches late equaliser to end Lions' run of defeats



17:10 GMT, 29 September 2012

Millwall ended their run of three straight defeats with a last-gasp equaliser to secure a 2-2 draw at Burnley.

Substitute Darius Henderson forced an equaliser deep into stoppage time to rescue a point for the Lions.

Millwall had taken the lead through
Liam Trotter's curling finish after just three minutes, but Burnley were
soon in their stride and created plenty of chances.

Denied: Eddie Howe watched his side give up all three points to the Darius Henderson goal

Denied: Eddie Howe watched his side give up all three points to the Darius Henderson goal


Burnley: Grant, Trippier, Duff, Edgar, Mee, McCann (Bartley 71min), Wallace (Stewart 90min), Marney, Stanislas, Paterson (Vokes 77min), Austin

Subs not used: Jensen, Mills, Long, Stock

Millwall: Forde, Dunne, Shittu, Robinson (Smith 46min), Lowry, Malone (Batt 67min), Trotter Booked, Henry, Abdou, Keogh (Henderson 75min), Wood

Subs not used: M Taylor, Mkandawire, Wright, Racon

Their pressure told after 19 minutes
as Ben Mee scored his first goal for the Clarets with a close range
header from Junior Stanislas' free-kick.

And they went into the interval ahead
as Charlie Austin scored his eighth league goal of the season with a
powerful header from near the edge of the penalty area.

Stanislas controversially saw a second-half goal ruled out for offside before substitute Henderson scored from close range.

Burnley had suffered a blow in the
warm-up as captain Jason Shackell pulled up with an injury, which saw
David Edgar restored to the line-up.

Things got worse when Millwall opened
the scoring for only the second time this season. Trotter received Andy
Keogh's pass on the edge of the area before curling a right-footed
finish into the far left corner to give the Lions the perfect start.

But Burnley responded strongly, with
Ross Wallace firing over from the edge of the area, before Ben Mee
headed over Stanislas' left-wing free-kick.

McCann then found some space on the
edge of the area but Millwall goalkeeper David Forde turned his fierce
effort away for a corner.

After 15 minutes Stanislas got on the
end of Martin Paterson's low cross but his close range effort clipped
the top of the crossbar.

Burnley equalised four minutes later as Mee rose highest to meet Stanislas' corner with a header from six yards.

But Millwall still carried a threat
and Lee Grant was forced into action on the half-hour mark to tip over
Scott Malone's volley and the keeper produced another fine save five
minutes before half-time to stop James Henry's drive from the edge of
the area.

The saves proved vital as the Clarets
went into the break ahead as Austin got on the end of Kieran Trippier's
cross and headed past Forde.

Burnley thought they had doubled the
lead in the 64th minute, but Stanislas' neat finish after a one-two with
Paterson was disallowed after a late flag from the assistant referee.

The delay in the decision angered the
home fans and following the incident the game became scrappy, with
referee Craig Pawson struggling to keep control.

Substitute Henderson then popped up
in stoppage time to score the equaliser, and was denied a dramatic
winner by the bar in the last minute.