Carling Cup - another win
What is it about the Carling Cup? Five changes to the side that lost to Southampton at home on Saturday, including young Miles Addison playing out of position in midfield, and up against a Preston North End side in red hot form at the start of the season and no sensible Rams fan could think Derby were on for a win. Yet 90 minutes later and suddenly things are looking a whole lot rosier for Paul Jewell as a 1-0 victory at Deepdale put Derby County into the hat for the third round. Everyone involved with the club will be hoping this can be the kick-start to the season that has been talked about so often.
Pal Connolly came in for his first start of the season and also took over as captain as Jewell rang the changes, Jordan Stewart took over from McEveley at left back and Dean Leacock replaced Claude Davies in the middle. Kazmierczak was again given the chance to impress in midfield alongside Miles Addison who was a surprise inclusion having played at the back in the majority of his appearances in the reserves and youth set-up.
Preston started the better of the two sides with Ross Wallace firing over from inside the area and Neil Mellor having a powerful effort but striking the ball straight at Carroll after linking up with Sedgwick. Derby gradually clawed their way back into the game and things were tightening up with few chances at either end and after some neat link up play Kazmierczak struck the post from 14 yards when he perhaps should have scored. Jordan Stewart then broke well down the left and his cross picked out Paul Green who finished with a looping header over Lonergan in the North End goal to give Derby the lead and the first time The Rams have scored first in a game this season. Kris Commons then came close with a dipping cross shot before Carter came close at the other end with a free-kick but Derby went into halftime a goal to the good.
Preston again started the second half strongly as Mellor came close from a Sedgwick cross but the former Liverpool striker needed to stretch to make contact and couldn't get enough behind his effort. Derby soon eased themselves back into the match with Kazmierczak having his best game so far ad Addison looking increasingly comfortable alongside him in midfield.
Rob Hulse then came close twice with Lonergan going full length to save his header from a Green cross and then Jones making a desperate last ditch tackle to deny him when he looked to be away on a Villa pass. Commons, having another influential game, then hit a shot from just outside the box that flew just wide of the post with Lonergan beaten.
Preston began to throw more men forward but were making little impression against a resolute Derby defence. Carroll making one save from a Mellor header before Billy Jones well placed in the box from a knock back from a Whaley cross managed to slice his shot and the danger passed. The final whistle went with Derby claiming their place in the third round for the first time since 2001.
After a quiet start gradually stamped his authority on the game and may be looking to start on Saturday after this performance.
Roy Carroll 7
Paul Connolly 7
Jordan Stewart 7
Martin Albrechtsen 8
Dean Leacock 7
Paul Green 7
Miles Addison 8
Przemyslaw Kazmierczak 7
Kris Commons 7
Tito Villa 7
Rob Hulse 7
Tyrone Mears 6
Steve Davis 6