Vital Football

Latest Derby County News

Rams Win Again

Derby County
1 - 0
Coventry City

Pride Park

14/01/12 15:00

Attendance: 24, 126

Referee:

Derby County extended their winning streak to five games with a single goal from Callum Ball proving to be enough to beat struggling Coventry City 1-0 at Pride Park. A tight encounter with few clear cut chances was settled by a neat move ending with Craig Bryson cutting the ball back into the youngsters` path and he didn`t break stride as he stroked the ball into the far corner of the net with his weaker right foot. The Sky Blues belied their lowly position looking solid at the back and enjoying the better of the opening stages with Gary McSheffrey testing Frank Fielding with an effort from the edge of the area. Jamie Ward looked a threat for The Rams and fired a freekick just wide of the post with a rare shot in the second period before Fielding pulled off a magnificent save from a McSheffrey header from a freekick from the left. The save proved vital as Derby were ahead less than a minute later and saw out the closing stages for another win.

Nigel Clough named an unchanged side with Mason Bennett and Jeff Hendrick returning on the bench being the only changes to the matchday squad. Coventry started brightly and Frank Fielding was called into action on six minutes to turn away a curling effort from just outside the area from Gary McSheffrey. The Rams slowly fought their way back into the match but chances were scarce and it wasn`t until twenty minutes that Jamie Ward tested Joe Murphy in the visitor`s goal but he gathered the shot with ease. Callum Ball was close to two crossed from Paul Green from the right but headed clearances from Richard Keogh denied him each time. Ward tested Murphy from outside the area again just before the half hour mark with the keeper again gathering the effort and the half petered out to the break as both sides looked solid at the back.

Green headed straight at Murphy with the first effort of the second period as Ward found him with a cross from the left but chances were again at a premium as the half progressed. The former Sheffield United man was The Rams main attacking threat and he fired a freekick narrowly wide from thirty yards and then Theo Robinson volleyed well over when presented with a decent opportunity as the ball dropped to him inside the area.

Coventry very nearly snatched the lead with fifteen minutes to go but a magnificent save from Fielding from McSheffrey`s flick on a whipped freekick denied the strugglers the opening goal. The save proved to be a vital moment with Derby taking the lead less than a minute later; Green found Craig Bryson down the right and his neat pull back found Ball who stroked the ball into the bottom corner of the net with his right foot for his third goal of the season. Cyrus Christie curled an effort just wide of the far post with five minutes to go but it was the closest Coventry came to getting back in the match as The Rams saw out the closing stages fairly comfortably to secure the victory.

Derby County: Fielding, Brayford, Barker, Shackell, Roberts, Green, Bryson, Bailey, Ward, Robinson, Ball (Buxton 90).

Subs Not Used: Legzdins, B Davies, Bennett, Hendrick.

Coventry City: Murphy, Christie, Cranie, Keogh, McPake (Clarke 74), Thomas, Baker, McSheffrey, Deegan, Clingan, Platt (Eastwood 79).

Subs Not Used: Dunn, Bell, Bigirimania.


Exclusive to Vital ! Read now ! The Vital Boxing John H Stacey Interview

Writer:MikeC
Date:Sunday January 15 2012
Time: 4:20PM

Login to post a comment

Site Journalists

MikeC
Editor email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

MotM v. Wigan?
Suggested By: MikeC
Carson1%
Baird0%
Keogh0%
Pearce0%
Olsson0%
Hughes0%
Johnson83%
Butterfield0%
Ince0%
Vydra16%
Russell0%
Weimann0%
Bryson0%
Hanson0%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Newcastle 19 13 1 5 40 21
2 Brighton 19 11 6 2 39 17
3 Reading 19 10 4 5 34 1
4 Leeds Utd 19 10 2 7 32 3
5 Birmingham 19 8 7 4 31 2
6 Sheff Wed 19 9 4 6 31 1
7 Norwich 19 9 3 7 30 4
8 Huddersfield 19 9 3 7 30 -3
9 Derby County 19 8 5 6 29 4
10 Fulham 19 7 7 5 28 9
11 Bristol City 19 8 3 8 27 4
12 Barnsley 19 7 4 8 25 3
13 Forest 19 7 4 8 25 1
14 Preston 19 7 4 8 25 1
15 Aston Villa 19 5 10 4 25 1
16 Ipswich 19 6 6 7 24 -2
17 Q.P.R. 19 6 5 8 23 -8
18 Brentford 19 6 4 9 22 -2
19 Burton 19 5 7 7 22 -4
20 Wolves 19 5 6 8 21 -3
21 Blackburn 19 5 5 9 20 -7
22 Cardiff 19 5 4 10 19 -12
23 Wigan 19 4 6 9 18 -5
24 Rotherham 19 1 4 14 7 -26
The Vital Football Members League
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Vital Football Comment

Recent Derby County Results (view all)

Derby County Fixtures (view all)

Dec 11 2016 12:00PM : Nottingham Forest (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Dec 14 2016 7:45PM : Queens Park Rangers (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Dec 17 2016 3:00PM : Fulham (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Dec 27 2016 3:00PM : Birmingham City (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Dec 31 2016 3:00PM : Wigan Athletic (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Jan 2 2017 3:00PM : Norwich City (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Write for Vital Football