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Brighton 2 Derby 1: Brighton remain undefeated in 2013

Brighton 2 Derby 1: Barnes and Orlandi see Seagulls continue fine run


17:51 GMT, 12 January 2013



17:52 GMT, 12 January 2013

Brighton maintained their 100 per cent start to 2013 with a 2-1 npower Championship victory over Derby.

Inigo Calderon made an impressive return from injury with a hand in both of Albion's goals, which were scored by Ashley Barnes in the second minute and Andrea Orlandi after 25.

The Spaniard might have got on the scoresheet himself at the start of the second half but his glancing header went wide.

Derby manager Nigel Clough, who this week celebrated four years in the job, saw his side create very little as the Rams slipped to an eighth away league loss of the season.

Jeff Hendrick did pull a goal back midway through the second half but the Rams never really looked like rescuing anything from the game.

Undefeated so far: Brighton have to lose in 2013

Undefeated so far: Brighton have to lose in 2013


Brighton: Kuszczak, Calderon, Greer, El-Abd, Bridge, Orlandi (Dicker 76), Hammond, Bridcutt, Buckley (LuaLua 76), David Lopez (Crofts 88), Barnes.

Subs: Ankergren, Dunk, Hoskins, Vicente.

Booked: Orlandi, Bridge

Goals: Barnes 2, Orlandi 25

Derby: Legzdins, Brayford, Keogh, Roberts, Coutts, Davies, Hendrick, O'Brien (Robinson 87), Hughes (Ward 45), Sammon, Freeman (Jacobs 62).

Subs: Fielding, Tyson, O'Connor, Bennett.

Booked: Freeman, Davies, O'Brien, Jacobs.

Goals: Hendrick 70

Referee: Iain Williamson


Brighton boss Gus Poyet made three changes to the side that started the FA Cup win over Newcastle last weekend.

Tomasz Kuszczak replaced Casper
Ankergren in goal while Calderon returned at right-back following a knee
problem, so David Lopez moved back into midfield with Gary Dicker
dropping to the bench.

Leading scorer Craig Mackail-Smith missed out due to a hamstring injury but Will Buckley was fit to return to the side.

Vicente was in the Albion squad for the first time since the opening week of the season following a persistent thigh problem.

Kieron Freeman started for Derby in the only change made by Clough.

Freeman made only his second start – and
a first in his preferred position of right-back – as John Brayford was
moved into a five-man midfield. The switch saw Michael Jacobs miss out.

Jacobs was joined on the bench by forward Jamie Ward, who has struggled with a hamstring problem for the past three months.

Less than 80 seconds were on the clock when Brighton took the lead with a beautifully crafted goal.

Calderon spotted Lopez breaking into the
right-hand side of the penalty area and Lopez picked out a low pass
which set up Barnes to tap in from very close range.

Soon afterwards, the hosts extended their lead with a goal made in Spain.

Lopez teed up Calderon who whipped in a
cross from the right and Orlandi got in front of his marker to thump a
header into the roof of the net, leaving Rams goalkeeper Adam Legzdins
with no chance.

The roles were almost reversed three
minutes after the break when Orlandi's cross was headed wide by
Calderon, who failed to make proper contact with the ball.

Ward, introduced in first-half injury
time after Derby's highly-rated teenager Will Hughes hobbled off, sent a
20-yard shot narrowly over the crossbar in the 52nd minute.

Brighton almost went 3-0 ahead after 63 minutes, hitting the visitors on the counter-attack.

Lopez, on the right, released Buckley with a perfectly-timed diagonal pass but his shot was blocked by Legzdins.

The Albion striker was denied by
Legzdins again soon afterwards, this time from point-blank range, before
the rebound was scrambled off the line by a defender.

What had looked like a stroll in the
rain suddenly turned into a nervous finale for Poyet's side when
Hendrick got a touch to Ward's driven free-kick to divert the ball past

Derby piled players forward in search of an equaliser without really threatening Kuszczak's goal.

Brighton saw out the game and potential
new Albion signing Leonardo Ulloa, watching from the directors' box,
would have been impressed by just about every aspect of the afternoon –
except perhaps the weather.

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.

Burnley 2 Derby 0 match report: Austin on target as Claret extend hoodoo over Rams

Burnley 2 Derby 0: Austin on target as Claret extend hoodoo over Rams


18:04 GMT, 26 December 2012



18:04 GMT, 26 December 2012

Charlie Austin scored his 23rd goal
of the season to set Burnley on their way to a first victory in six
npower Championship matches as Derby were beaten 2-0 at Turf Moor.

Austin struck five minutes before
half-time. The former Swindon striker was at his predatory best to turn
the ball into the net after the visitors failed to deal with Kieran
Trippier's cross.

Hot shot: Burney's Charlie Austin

Hot shot: Burney's Charlie Austin

Match facts

Burnley: Grant, Trippier, Duff, Shackell, Lafferty, Wallace, Marney, McCann, Paterson (Treacy 62), Ings (Stock 72), Austin (Vokes 68). Subs Not Used: Jensen, Edgar, Mills, Bartley.

Booked: Wallace, McCann, Treacy, Grant.

Goals: Austin 40, Duff 74.

Derby: Legzdins, Brayford, O'Brien (O'Connor 83), Keogh, Roberts, Hughes, Jacobs, Hendrick, Coutts, Bryson (Tyson 65), Sammon (Robinson 72). Subs Not Used: Fielding, Doyle, Davies, Freeman.

Booked: Robinson.

Att: 13,779

Ref: Andy Haines (Tyne & Wear).

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Some more poor defending cost the Rams after 74 minutes when Michael Duff headed in the second goal.

In a game of few chances, it was enough to see Burnley maintain their recent stranglehold over Derby. The Clarets are now unbeaten in eight games against the Rams, winning six.

Danny Lafferty returned from injury for the hosts, replacing Joseph Mills at left-back in the only change made by boss Sean Dyche.

Derby manager Nigel Clough also made one change, recalling the fit again Mark O'Brien as James O'Connor dropped back down to the bench.

Rams goalkeeper Adam Legzdins saved early on from Martin Paterson before Chris McCann and Ross Wallace had efforts blocked by Richard Keogh and Conor Sammon respectively.

The visitors replied through Paul Coutts, an old favourite at Burnley's rivals Preston, but Lafferty got in the way of his shot.

Dean Marney headed weakly wide just after the half hour mark from a good far-post position before Austin struck.

Trippier's cross from the right-hand side was not properly cleared and Austin swept a low shot past Legzdins from 12 yards out.

Derby might have equalised before the break but O'Brien headed wide from Michael Jacobs' free-kick.

O'Brien made a block to deny Austin another goal early in the second half and Wallace's shot from the right side of the penalty area hit a post just before the hour.

Austin miscued from close range but Burnley eventually got their second goal when Derby seemingly ignored Duff and he headed in Wallace's corner at the far post.

Substitute Brian Stock worked Legzdins with a long-range effort late on.
Derby substitute Theo Robinson had the last chance of the game but missed the target from 12 yards out as the Rams suffered a seventh away loss in the league this season.

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.

Ipswich 1 Derby 2 match report: Nathan Tyson winner heaps pressure on Paul Jewell

Ipswich 1 Derby 2: Sub Tyson heaps more pressure on Jewell with late winner



21:35 GMT, 23 October 2012

Nathan Tyson came off the Derby bench to net a last-gasp winner and deliver a fresh blow to under-fire home manager Paul Jewell as Ipswich slumped to the foot of the npower Championship.

Jewell revealed on Monday that he would remain in charge of the Suffolk club having considered his future after Saturday's 2-1 defeat at Hull.

The Liverpudlian received the complete backing of owner Marcus Evans and his players, among many others, when weighing up his decision and opted to stay, although he acknowledged results must improve and quickly.

Under pressure: Jewell's Ipswich are without a victory in 11 games

Under pressure: Jewell's Ipswich are without a victory in 11 games

Match facts

Ipswich: Henderson, Edwards, Chambers, Higginbotham, Cresswell, Drury (Scotland 63), Reo-Coker, Wellens, Martin, Emmanuel-Thomas, Campbell (Chopra 63).

Subs Not Used: Loach, Hyam, Smith, Mohsni, Carson.

Booked: Martin, Chopra.

Goals: Campbell 24.

Derby: Legzdins, Brayford, Buxton, Keogh,O'Connor, Coutts, Bryson, Hughes, Jacobs (Davies 75), Robinson (Tyson 81), Sammon.

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

Booked: O'Connor.

Goals: Robinson 40,Tyson 90.

Attendance: 15,417

Referee: Andrew Madley (West Yorkshire).

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However, this result means Ipswich are winless in 11 league and cup games, still without a home victory and bottom of the table following Peterborough's fine home win over high-flying Huddersfield.

Ipswich took a deserved lead after 24 minutes through DJ Campbell's close-range effort but Theo Robinson capitalised on an error from goalkeeper Stephen Henderson to pull Derby level five minutes before the break.

Both sides had chances to win it but the visitors stole the points at the death when Tyson, who only climbed off the bench nine minutes earlier, pounced from close range from Conor Sammon's cross.

Ipswich came flying out of the blocks and Rams goalkeeper Adam Legzdins was forced into three saves inside the opening 10 minutes. Legzdins denied Lee Martin inside a minute – with Andy Drury clearing the bar on the rebound – then tipped Aaron Cresswell's long-range effort around a post before thwarting Jay Emmanuel-Thomas from 12 yards.

Derby, who had drawn their last three games and were unbeaten in four, finally threatened in the 20th minute.

Michael Jacobs, making his first league start, unleashed a shot from 30 yards which was comfortable for Henderson.

On target: Tyson celebrates his winning strike

On target: Tyson celebrates his winning strike

It came as no surprise when Ipswich finally took the lead in the 24th minute. Martin's ball into the box was bundled in by Campbell, scoring for the second time in three appearances.

Emmanuel-Thomas almost made it 2-0 on the half-hour but Legzdins produced a stunning save to tip his six-yard strike around a post.

Jake Buxton headed over a Paul Coutts corner in a rare attack for Derby before Ipswich were punished for another mistake five minutes before the break. Henderson spilled a shot from Sammon and Robinson was on hand to tuck home the rebound, his third goal in four games.

Craig Bryson then fired wide from 12 yards as Derby finished the half on a high. Legzdins continued his impressive night's work when he pulled off another fine stop to turn Cresswell's long-range effort away for a corner seven minutes into the second period.

The Rams went up the other end and twice threatened themselves. First Sammon shot wide from 25 yards after Ipswich failed to clear Brayford's effort, before Jacobs cracked a shot from 25 yards which Henderson parried away.

Having been on the end of some sustained Derby pressure, Ipswich finally managed to break out and a shot from Martin, following a fine run, flashed just wide in the 62nd minute.

Legzdins frustrated Ipswich again with 17 minutes remaining as he kept out Emmanuel-Thomas' 30-yard strike before Coutts drilled a shot just over the bar. Tyson then delivered a sucker punch to Ipswich and Jewell with the late winner.

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.

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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.

Middlesbrough 2 Derby 2: Match report

Middlesbrough 2 Derby 2: Coutts leaves it late to grab Rams a point after Jutkiewicz brace



20:47 GMT, 3 October 2012

Paul Coutts rescued a point for Derby late on after Lukas Jutkiewicz's brace looked to have earned Boro all three points.

Coutts struck three minutes from time after Jutkiewicz had netted twice for Tony Mowbray's men.

Theo Robinson gave Derby an early lead in the first half from the penalty spot but their advantage lasted just three minutes as Jutkiewicz grabbed his first of the night.

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Double trouble: Middlesbrough's Lukas Jutkiewicz scored both his sides goals

Double trouble: Middlesbrough's Lukas Jutkiewicz scored both his sides goals

Match facts

Middlesbrough: Steele, Hoyte,Hines, Bikey, Friend, Leadbitter, McEachran (Ledesma 65), Thomson (Zemmama 65), Bailey, Luke Williams, Jutkiewicz, Zemmama (Haroun 83).

Subs Not Used: Leutwiler, McManus, Parnaby, Smallwood.

Booked: Leadbitter.

Goals: Jutkiewicz 19, 81.

Derby: Fielding, Brayford, Keogh, Buxton, Roberts (O'Connor 88), Coutts, Hendrick (Jacobs 83), Bryson, Hughes, Tyson (Sammon 58), Robinson.

Subs Not Used: Legzdins, Bennett, Gjokaj, Freeman.

Booked: Brayford.

Goals: Robinson 16 pen, Coutts 87.

Attendance: 13,377

Referee: Michael Naylor

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Derby 1 Burnley 2: Charlie Austin punishes wasteful Rams

Derby 1 Burnley 2: Hot shot Austin punishes wasteful Rams



16:38 GMT, 22 September 2012

Charlie Austin continued his hot streak with a goal in each half to give Burnley a dramatic late win at Derby.

Eddie Howe's Clarets suffered defeat
in their previous three npower Championship away games and fell behind
once more after Jamie Ward pounced on a loose ball in the 20th minute.

Right Charlie: Austin (second left) heads the winner for Burnley

Right Charlie: Austin (second left) heads the winner for Burnley

Match facts

Derby: Fielding, Brayford, Buxton, Keogh, Roberts, Coutts, Bryson, Hendrick, Hughes (Jacobs 77), Sammon (Robinson 80), Ward. Subs Not Used: Legzdins, Tyson, Doyle, O'Connor, Gjokaj.

Goals: Ward 20.

Burnley: Grant, Trippier, Edgar, Shackell, Mee, Wallace, McCann, Marney, Stanislas (Stewart 46), Paterson (Vokes 61), Austin (Bartley 90). Subs Not Used: Jensen, Mills, Stock, Long.

Booked: Mee.

Goals: Austin 32, 89.

Att: 21,347

Ref: Oliver Langford (W Midlands).

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Austin equalised shortly after the half-hour – his eighth goal in as many games and, had Rams forward Conor Sammon displayed Austin's prowess in the penalty area after half-time, victory might have gone to Nigel Clough's side.

But former Swindon striker Austin made it nine for the campaign when he stooped to head Chris McCann's 89th-minute cross past Frank Fielding and give Burnley their first points on the road this term.

Austin recovered from the hip injury that ruled him out of Wednesday night's loss at Leicester to return to the visitors' line-up along with defender Ben Mee and winger Ross Wallace as Joseph Mills, Cameron Stewart and Brian Stock all dropped to the bench.

James O'Connor did likewise for Derby as Jake Buxton came in to partner skipper Richard Keogh at centre-back.

Burnley goalkeeper Lee Grant produced a superb save to thwart his former club when Will Hughes thumped a powerful volley low to his right in the 10th minute.

Grant then kept out Craig Bryson's header from Paul Coutts' cross, but the Rams claimed a 20th-minute lead.

Vintage Clarets: Charlie Austin (left) celebrates with team-mate Ross Wallace

Vintage Clarets: Charlie Austin (left) celebrates with team-mate Ross Wallace

Coutts' corner was only half-cleared and Ward swivelled on the penalty spot to fire home through a forest of legs.

Moments later Grant tipped around the post from Sammon before opposite number Fielding was called into action, denying Martin Paterson on the counter-attack.

But there was little Fielding could do when Austin was left unmarked to smash in McCann's centre after Ross Wallace's cross was blocked.

The momentum suddenly shifted and Burnley came agonisingly close to a half-time lead when Mee thudded a header against the bar from Kieran Trippier's right-wing cross.

Despite the match developing a pleasing end-to-end feel, chances were at a premium early in the second half.

Around the hour Sammon was inches away from finding a decisive touch when Ward swept in an inviting ball from the left.

Former Wigan striker Sammon shot tamely at Grant with 15 minutes to play but the Clarets stopper was more fully extended shortly afterwards, thwarting Bryson from point-blank range.

Burnley were on the rack and Michael Jacobs, on for Hughes, found Sammon to head narrowly over in the 80th minute.

Then, a minute from time, Austin ensured Clough's men paid for their profligacy, and a determined stoppage-time rally could not stop Burnley leapfrogging them in the table.