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Rams v Sunderland - Report

Derby County
0 - 0

Pride Park


Attendance: 33,058


Rams reach double figures

Derby County 0 Sunderland 0

The Rams may be heading towards the Championship but once again Pride Park was full to the rafters for the visit of Sunderland. A better defensive display by Paul Jewell`s side gave them a point in the 0-0 draw taking them to ten points for the season.

The Black Cats, who were without a win on the road this season, believed they had the lead on 38 minutes, when Andy Reid crossed low from the left for Michael Chopra to side foot past Derby keeper Roy Carroll but referee Mike Riley disallowed his effort.

Jewell made a number of changes to the side humiliated by Wigan last time out; midfielder Mile Sterjovski started his first game since his recent move from Genclerbirligi, while Eddie Lewis, Marc Edworthy David Jones and Emanuel Villa were all recalled.

Robbie Savage was rested, Giles Barnes and Dean Leacock were out injured and Craig Fagan and Hossam Ghaly dropped to the bench

It was an even opening with the first chance falling to the visitors; Daryl Murphy brought down Nyron Nosworthy's long clearance and crashed a curling shot against the post on four minutes.

But the Rams responded immediately, Kenny Miller`s turn and shot from the edge of the box flew just wide.

Both coaches urged their teams on from the technical area in an end-end encounter. The Rams looking dangerous until the final ball, while Murphy and Chopra flashed headers past the post. Then on 32 minutes Kieron Richardson failed to find the target from a free kick on the edge of the box.

On 38 minutes came the controversial decision by referee Mike Riley. The Rams defence were nowhere to be seen, as Reid crossed for Chopra to side foot past Carroll from 10-yards, but Riley blew for offside. It was a marginal decision but the Rams faithful breathed a sigh of relief.

There was another close call for the Rams three minutes later, Danny Higginbotham stretched to volley a cross into the box. Reid flicked it on and Alan Stubbs inadvertently back-heeled the ball inches past his own goal with Carroll well beaten.

Sunderland came out stronger after the break and carved out the opening chance. Former Rams target Kenwyne Jones was found in acres of space, but the big striker fired weakly straight at Carroll from just outside the box.

Jewell made a series of substitutions early in the second-half in an attempt to turn the tide, and they went close from a goalmouth scramble involving Marc Edworthy and Miller, the Rams striker firing wide.

Miller, who has been mentioned with a possible move to Rangers in the SPL at the end of the season, was lively all afternoon but lacked support up front. Maybe his strike partner Tito Villa should get to bed early Friday night, the striker was seen in the Coyote Wild bar in Derby at midnight the night before a game.

Miller fired over on the half-volley from outside the box on 80 minutes and Sunderland keeper Craig Gordon had to punch clear off his forehead from a deep cross.

Either side could have won it late as the game became more open in the final minutes and the Rams had substitute Ghaly it thank for the point, the Egyptian midfielder made a superb block to deny Higginbotham.

: Carroll, Edworthy, Moore, Stubbs, McEveley, Sterjovski (Fagan 66), Jones (Ghaly 57), Pearson, Lewis, Miller (Earnshaw 80), Villa.
Subs Not Used: Price, Feilhaber.

Sunderland: Gordon, Bardsley, Nosworthy, Evans, Higginbotham, Chopra, Whitehead, Reid (Leadbitter 66), Richardson, Jones, Murphy (Stokes 80).
Subs Not Used: Fulop, McShane, Prica.

Att: 33,058

Referre: Mike Riley (Yorkshire)

Star Player

Rams Man of the Match

Kenny Miller
- With all the rumours about his future the Scottish international looked lively all afternoon.

Manager Rating

After Match Cocaches Comments -

Derby boss Paul Jewell:

'It was a dreadful game. Conditions were windy out there and the referee was blowing his whistle every few seconds.

'The player's tried today. Last week was one of my lowest moments in football so it was an improvement.

'Sunderland were the team more likely to score but in the second half we defended well. Alan Stubbs was terrific alongside Darren Moore at the back today.

'We are not going to stay up but we just want to get past 15 point. The fans deserve that.'

Opponent Rating

Sunderland manager Roy Keane:

'I can't fault the player's attitute and spirit-wise we were outstanding. But the game should have been dead and buried at half-time.

'We certainly had the better chances - and scored a legitimate goal that was disallowed.

'He [Chopra] was clearly onside and we are always told that the advantage goes with the attacking player.

'But we have nobody to blame but ourselves. Goals change games but we are quite happy with the clean sheet.'

Writer:Peter Simcox
Date:Monday March 3 2008
Time: 6:52AM

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I hope next season starts better than this one did, its a tough shout coming up and staying there as history tells us, not many do it even Sunderland may still join you in the fizzy stuff next year.
03/03/2008 10:09:00
Yes I saw Villa in the Coyote Wild Bar in the City. Damn disgrace if you ask me. We pay big money to watch them each week, and they are paid big money to perform, pull your head in Tito
03/03/2008 11:34:00
He was with a few of his mates and when he was approached by a fan and asked "What the f***king are you doing here at this time, we've got a match tomorrow" his mates got shi**. They should be on a curfew on them as well as a boot camp.
03/03/2008 11:38:00
I agree dcfc, he must have known he would have been seen in the middle of Derby. He probably hit McTurks on the way home too
03/03/2008 11:43:00
instead of slagging former club off jewell (swfc) look at yourself and your current team 1 win on pens 10points marooned at the foot of league. wake up and smell the coffee
03/03/2008 14:10:00
Derby looked down a long time ago. Where's Giles Barnes??
04/03/2008 01:04:00
out injured for rest of season
06/03/2008 14:10:00
a draw not a loss hooray for you but i fear it is all but over see you next season
ozanne park rangers
07/03/2008 05:44:00
Congratulations reachibg 'double figures' the pressures off, go get em'..........!
10/03/2008 09:21:00
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