Vital Football

Latest Derby County News

Rams Thrashed At Cardiff

Cardiff City
4 - 1
Derby County

Cardiff City Stadium

02/04/11 15:00

Attendance: 22, 254

Referee:

Derby County`s miserable record in the Welsh capital continued as they went down 4-1 to Cardiff City to take their goals against tally to ten in their last two visits to the Cardiff City Stadium. An early penalty from Jay Bothroyd set the tone with The Rams having to chase the game from the seventh minute and despite putting in plenty of hard work they rarely threatened the home defence. After reaching the break one goal behind two quickfire goals at the beginning of the second period from Dekel Keinan and Paul Quinn put the game out of site with Peter Whittingham volleying in a fourth with just over twenty minutes to go. Derby settled the ship but with the game already won it was purely damage limitation and Robbie Savage scored a consolation goal five minutes into injury time to round out the score on a bad afternoon for his side.

Brad Jones made his debut in the Derby goal in the only change from the side that drew at Crystal Palace last time out to replace Frank Fielding who returned to Blackburn after his loan spell expired. Tomasz Cywka took a place on the bench after recovering from injury and there was also a place for Russell Anderson for the first time in this calendar year. Stephen Bywater was not allowed to play under the terms of his loan from The Rams so Tom Heaton returned in goal for Cardiff. The home side started brightly and found themselves in front only seven minutes into the match when Craig Bellamy went down under a challenge from Shaun Barker and the referee pointed to the spot. Jay Bothroyd stepped up to calmly convert for his eighteenth goal of the season.

Derby were working hard to deny their hosts time on the ball although they weren`t looking particularly creative going forward and Bellamy nearly doubled the lead just before the half-hour mark when his pace took him clear on goal and he rounded Brad Jones but Barker got back well to clear off the line. Paul Green had a chance at the other end when he latched onto a weak defensive clearance but Heaton was out quickly to get enough on his flicked effort to allow Jlloyd Samuel to get back and complete the clearance. Green was replaced on thirty-seven minutes after looking to catch his studs in the turf and James Bailey came on for his first appearance after his spell out of the side with illness and injury. The Rams had the final chance of the half when Jamie Ward did well down the right but Steve Davies` first-time right-foot shot was saved by Heaton from his pass and Derby trailed at the break.

Cardiff had struck early in the first period and followed suit after the break when they doubled the lead only three minutes in. Bellamy`s pace again caused problems for the Derby backline and lead to a corner that Chris Burke swung to the far post where Dekel Keinan powered a header past Jones. Davies had a glorious chance to pull one back just before the hour mark but he blazed over from six yards when Barker knocked the ball down to him and The Rams paid for the miss when they fell three goals behind moments later. Peter Whittingham had enough time to get in a cross from the left and Paul Quinn swept home as the home side pulled further ahead. Gareth Roberts was replaced by Russell Anderson after going down injured during the build-up to the goal and a fourth quickly followed when Whittingham volleyed home from twelve yards after Bellamy`s pace caused chaos in the Derby defence.

Derby were hanging on and it was down to damage limitation for the final twenty minutes as The Rams looked to stop the home side running up more goals as they dominated the match. They managed to steady things at the back and pulled a goal back deep into injury time at the end of the match when Jamie Ward was fouled in the area and Robbie Savage converted from the spot but it was only a consolation with his side well beaten.

Cardiff City: Heaton, McNaughton, Whittingham, Bothroyd (Parkin 71), McPhail, Burke, Keinan, Quinn, Olofinjana, Samuel (Blake 69), Bellamy (Emmanuel-Thomas 76).

Subs: Brown, Rae, Gyepes, Matthews.

Derby County: Jones, Brayford, Ayala, Barker (Addison 65), Roberts (Anderson 60), Green (Bailey 37), Savage, Pearson, Ward, Bueno, S Davies.

Subs: Atkins, Cywka, Robinson, B Davies


Win FREE pizza with Vital Football!
Select your team and get 50% off if they score twice.
www.papajohns.co.uk/football

Writer:MikeC
Date:Saturday April 2 2011
Time: 6:10PM

Best of Vital Network

Vital Boxing - Dan Blackwell Retires

Login to post a comment

Site Journalists

MikeC
Editor email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

MotM v. Sheffield Wednesday
Suggested By: MikeC
Carson4%
Christie0%
Keogh0%
Shackell4%
Olsson0%
Hughes16%
Butterfield4%
Bryson12%
Ince0%
Martin0%
Russell52%
Hanson0%
Bent4%
Blackman4%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Burnley 44 24 15 5 87 33
2 Middlesbrough 44 26 9 9 87 32
3 Brighton 44 24 15 5 87 30
4 Hull City 44 23 11 10 80 31
5 Derby County 44 21 14 9 77 24
6 Sheff Wed 44 18 17 9 71 19
7 Cardiff 44 17 16 11 67 8
8 Ipswich 44 16 15 13 63 0
9 Birmingham 44 16 13 15 61 4
10 Brentford 44 17 8 19 59 -2
11 Preston 44 14 16 14 58 -1
12 Leeds Utd 44 14 16 14 58 -7
13 Q.P.R. 44 13 18 13 57 0
14 Wolves 44 13 15 16 54 -6
15 Reading 44 13 13 18 52 -4
16 Huddersfield 44 13 12 19 51 -3
17 Forest 44 12 15 17 51 -5
18 Blackburn 44 11 16 17 49 -3
19 Rotherham 44 13 10 21 49 -13
20 Bristol City 44 12 13 19 49 -20
21 Fulham 44 11 15 18 48 -11
R MK Dons 44 9 12 23 39 -28
R Charlton 44 8 13 23 37 -38
R Bolton 44 4 15 25 27 -40
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Recent Derby County Results (view all)

Derby County Fixtures (view all)

May 2 2016 2:30PM : Brighton & Hove Albion (a)
Sky Bet Championship
May 7 2016 12:30PM : Ipswich Town (H)
Sky Bet Championship

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.diddyram2