Third Defeat In A Row
Attendance: 30, 391
Defensive lapses cost Derby County dearly as they lost a closely fought encounter 2-0 to Hull City at Pride Park to fall to a third straight defeat and extend their poor run to one win in nine. Derby started brightly but the loss of leading scorer Theo Robinson to injury and a goal for the visitors two minutes later changed the momentum in the game. Liam Rosenior advanced unchecked down the right and his ball into Matt Fryatt gave the striker a great chance that he calmly took to give Frank Fielding no chance, Hull doubled their lead six minutes later when Cameron Stewart cut in from the left and his deflected effort found the net. Derby saw plenty of the ball after the break but lacked drive and a cutting edge with Hull threatening on the break and Fielding made a good save from Robbie Brady to keep the score at 2-0. Shaun Barker and Paul Green made long awaited returns from the bench but they were the only bright moments of the closing stages with The Rams rarely troubling Peter Gulacsi in the visitor`s goal.
John Brayford came into the starting line-up after a spell on the sidelines with injury and Tomasz Cywka also returned to the side to play on right hand side of midfield. On the bench there was more good news with the return of Shaun Barker and Paul Green after long term injuries. Derby looked to start the game on the front foot and were looking lively in the early stages but without troubling Peter Gulacsi in the Hull goal. Theo Robinson was looking to give his side a spark in the early stages but he pulled up with a hamstring injury after chasing a ball into the corner and had to be replaced by Chris Maguire with fifteen minutes on the clock.
The visitors took the lead two minutes later with their first effort on goal when Liam Rosenior was given far too much time to run with the ball and he cut inside and picked out Matt Fryatt who slotted past Frank Fielding with the Derby backline appealing for offside. The substitution and goal had knocked The Rams` out of their stride and they fell further behind on twenty-three minutes when Cameron Stewart cut in from the left and lashed a shot at goal from inside the area that deflected off a defender before flying beyond Fielding and into the net. Derby tried to haul themselves back into the match before the break but other than an overhead kick from Maguire that troubled Gulacsi they didn`t look like scoring before halftime.
Jamie Ward caused the visitors come concerns in the opening moments of the second period with his tireless running but Hull were looking solid at the back and were happy to sit back and soak up the pressure being applied. Whilst Derby saw plenty of the ball their passing was a little predictable and they lacked the drive to really take the game to their opponents as the minutes ticked by. Hull were playing on the break with Aaron McLean and Fryatt causing some uncomfortable moments for The Rams defence with their pace and one such break saw Fielding reacting well to keep out a firm effort from substitute Robbie Brady. As things got more urgent for his side Nigel Clough introduced Shaun Barker in place of Cywka with the big man going straight up front and there was also a return for Paul Green with just under ten minutes to go but Hull comfortably saw out the closing moments to claim the win.
Derby County: Fielding, Brayford, Shackell, O'Brien, Roberts, Cywka (Barker 73), Hendrick (Green 82), Bryson, B Davies, Ward, Robinson (Maguire 15)
Subs Not Used: Legzdins, Buxton
Hull City: Gulacsi, Rosenior, McKenna (Cairney 89), Chester, Hobbs, Stewart (Brady 63), Evans, McLean, Koren, Fryatt, Dudgeon.
Subs Not Used: Basso, McShane, Adebola