Date:Thursday February 23 2012
Attendance: 28, 205
Derby County`s run without scoring reached four games as they went down 1-0 to Leicester City in front of the SkySport`s cameras at Pride Park in a frustrating encounter. Despite starting well The Rams found themselves under pressure for the majority of the firsthalf and Neil Danns gave Leicester the lead on fifteen minutes when he volleyed home from a Lloyd Dyer cross. Danns came close twice more as he side dominated the half with Frank Fielding one of the main reasons the lead was only one goal at the break. Paul Green took too long with a chance inside the area in the second period as Derby looked to take advantage of their increased possession and Nathan Tyson fired wide of the near post when cutting in from the right. Dyer came closest to adding to the scoring in the closing minutes when he hit the post and then bar when the ball rebounded back to him and his side comfortably saw out the closing stages to take the points.
Nigel Clough made two changes to the side with John Brayford missing out through injury to be replaced by Craig Bryson and there was also a start for Callum Ball up front alongside Nathan Tyson. The former Nottingham Forest striker came close in the opening minutes with a low drive from 25 yards but his effort was held by Kasper Schmeichal and Jermaine Beckford looked to have escaped at the other end only for Jason Shackell to get back well to block his effort. Frank Fielding then reacted well to turn away a shot through a crowded penalty area from Neil Danns as a short corner was worked to him on the edge of the box.
The visitors were beginning to dominate in midfield and they took the lead on fifteen minutes when Lloyd Dyer`s pace saw him leave Paul Green behind and his clipped ball to the far post picked out Danns who volleyed into the net with Fielding unable to keep out his firm effort. Danns then went close again when his effort from outside of the area took a nick off Shaun Barker before flying just wide of the goal. The midfield man was having a fine firsthalf and he forced Fielding into a full length save with another effort from thirty yards that the keeper did well to tip around the post to keep his side in the match. A poor showing in the opening period saw The Rams booed off at the break.
Gareth Roberts escaped down the left early in the second half but his cross was cut out by Wes Morgan and David Nugent missed a glorious opportunity at the other end when Shaun Barker misjudged a cross and the former Portsmouth striker somehow fired wide from six yards. A neat move down the right ended with Tom Carroll finding Paul Green in space in the area but he took a touch rather than shooting first time and his effort was eventually blocked at the expense of a corner. Tyson cut inside from the right and fired an effort just wide of the near post and his pace then saw him run on goal only to be brought down by Morgan, who was booked, but Jamie Ward`s freekick was straight into the wall and the resulting corner came to nothing.
Leicester were still looking lively on the break and after a mistake by Green allowed Beckford to escape Fielding blocked his effort from close range before turning a Nugent header onto the bar from the resulting corner. Substitute Theo Robinson wasted a good opportunity when he made room down the left but overhit his cross and Dyer was inches away from sealing the points when he beat two men wide on the left before hitting the near post with his shot and when the ball came back to him he crashed a shot against the bar from close range with the ball bouncing to safety. Despite four minutes of injury Derby couldn`t muster another effort on goal and fell to a fourth game without a win.
Derby County: Fielding; Green, Shackell, Barker, Roberts; Hendrick, Carroll, Bryson (Robinson 80); Ward, Ball (S. Davies 76), Tyson.
Subs not used: Legzdins, Buxton, Naylor.
Leicester City: Schmeichal; Peltier (Bamba 72), Morgan, St. Ledger, Konchesky; Marshall (Drinkwater 79), Wellens, Danns, Dyer; Nugent, Beckford (Delfouneso 72).
Subs not used: Howard, Kennedy.
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Date:Thursday February 23 2012
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