Vital Football

Latest Derby County News

Rams Fight Back For A Point

Birmingham City
2 - 2
Derby County

St Andrews

03/03/12 15:00

Attendance: 17, 996

Referee:

Goals from Steve Davies and Theo Robinson clawed Derby County back from a two goal deficit to claim a point at St Andrews after a 2-2 draw with Birmingham City. Erik Huseklepp got the final touch on a ball bouncing around the area to give his side the lead in the first half and when Marlon King finished off a quick break just before the hour mark it looked like the same old story for The Rams who enjoyed spells of possession without threatening Boaz Myhill in the home goal. Nigel Clough introduced Ben Davies after the second goal and he made an almost immediate impact when his curling cross was met by Steve Davies and the striker`s powerful header brought Derby back into the match. It got even better five minutes later when Paul Green released Theo Robinson who calmly fired home to level the scores and despite a couple of late scares The Rams held on for a good point on the road.

Steve Davies came in for his first start since fracturing his skull back in October and he was involved inside the first minute when his flick on eventually reached Theo Robinson and his shot was deflected just wide of the far post. At the other end Birmingham had their first chance of the game on five minutes when Chris Burke found Marlon King and when the strikers shot was blocked the ball fell to Andros Townsend but his effort from around the penalty spot was straight at Frank Fielding. Jordan Mutch then dragged an effort wide from long range before a freekick with pace by Townsend just avoided the head of Guirane N'Daw as the home side started to take control.

Birmingham took the lead on nineteen minutes when a short corner from Mutch found Townsend and his low shot bounced around the area until reaching Erik Huseklepp whose touch took the ball beyond Fielding and into the net. The Norwegian striker very nearly doubled his tally shortly afterwards when Curtis Davies made a good run forward and found Huseklepp, via Burke, but he took too long on the ball and Jason Shackell got back to rob him as he was set to shoot. The Rams were seeing a little more of the ball without threatening Boaz Myhill in the home goal with a header over the top from Shaun Barker the only real effort on goal. Huseklepp clipped the top of the bar with a flicked header in the closing minutes but Birmingham went in a goal ahead at the break.

Peter Ramage and Townsend both had efforts cleared from just in front of goal as the second period began with Shackell and then Gareth Roberts getting touches on the respective efforts as Birmingham started brightly. As Derby attacked at the other end Theo Robinson lost out on the edge of the area and Townsend`s purposeful run ended with him laying the ball into the path of Marlon King and he fired past Fielding to double his side`s advantage.

Ben Davies was introduced in place of Nathan Tyson after the goal and he had an immediate impact with his first being a curling ball into the area which was met by the head of Steven Davies and his powerful header beat Myhill despite a touch from the keeper. The confidence came flooding back into The Rams side and Robinson pulled the sides level when a neat ball from Paul Green found the striker and he calmly fired past Myhill to put his side back on level terms. N`Daw brought a save out of Fielding with a dipping volley from distance and substitute Nikola Zigic had a glorious chance but he was denied by a combination of Roberts and Shackell. Jonathan Spector had a header hacked off the line in the closing minutes in a strong finish from his side but Derby held out to claim a point to end their recent run of poor results.

Derby County: Fielding; Green, Barker, Shackell, Roberts; Hendrick, Bryson, Carroll (Buxton 85); Tyson (B.Davies 59), Robinson, S. Davies (Ball 80)

Subs not used: Legzdins, Naylor

Birmingham City: Myhill; Spector, Caldwell, C. Davies, Ramage; Burke (Redmond 85), N'Daw, Mutch, Townsend; Huseklepp (Zigic 71), King.

Subs not used: Ibanez, Gomis, Elliott


Writer:MikeC
Date:Saturday March 3 2012
Time: 6:00PM

Login to post a comment

Site Journalists

MikeC
Editor email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Is Gar Rowett the right man for the job?
Suggested By: Staff Writer
Yes67%
Time will tell0%
No33%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Newcastle 38 24 6 8 78 38
2 Brighton 38 23 8 7 77 30
3 Huddersfield 37 22 5 10 71 4
4 Leeds Utd 38 21 6 11 69 16
5 Reading 38 20 7 11 67 2
6 Sheff Wed 38 18 8 12 62 9
7 Fulham 38 16 13 9 61 19
8 Norwich 38 16 9 13 57 9
9 Preston 38 15 12 11 57 6
10 Derby County 38 14 11 13 53 3
11 Barnsley 38 14 9 15 51 0
12 Aston Villa 38 13 12 13 51 0
13 Cardiff 38 14 9 15 51 -1
14 Brentford 38 14 8 16 50 3
15 Q.P.R. 38 14 8 16 50 -5
16 Wolves 37 12 9 16 45 -2
17 Ipswich 38 10 15 13 45 -9
18 Birmingham 38 11 12 15 45 -16
19 Bristol City 38 11 8 19 41 -3
20 Forest 38 11 8 19 41 -11
21 Burton 38 10 11 17 41 -14
22 Blackburn 38 9 13 16 40 -11
23 Wigan 38 8 10 20 34 -13
24 Rotherham 38 4 5 29 17 -54
Vital Football Comment
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Write for Vital Football

Recent Derby County Results (view all)

Derby County Fixtures (view all)

Mar 31 2017 7:45PM : Queens Park Rangers (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Apr 4 2017 7:45PM : Fulham (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Apr 8 2017 3:00PM : Birmingham City (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Apr 14 2017 3:00PM : Brentford (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Apr 17 2017 5:00PM : Huddersfield Town (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Apr 22 2017 3:00PM : Sheffield Wednesday (a)
Sky Bet Championship
The Vital Football Members League