Rams Win On The Road
Attendance: 9, 791
Theo Robinson and Gareth Roberts scored the goals that helped Derby County to a fifth away victory of the season at the Keepmoat Stadium as they beat Doncaster Rovers 2-1. Robinson poked home his tenth goal of the season after thirteen minutes as he beat home keep Carl Ikeme to the ball to cap a bright opening from Nigel Clough`s side. After a brief spell of pressure from Doncaster towards the end of the first half Gareth Roberts capped a fine move ten minutes into the second half when he slotted home from close range. Derby looked to be cruising to victory but El-Hadji Diouf pulled one back after a neat turn in the area but The Rams saw out another spell of pressure from the home side to claim back-to-back victories after their midweek heroics.
Tom Naylor came in for his first start at rightback with Callum Ball also coming into the starting line-up and midweek hero Jake Buxton took Shaun Barker`s place at the heart of The Rams defence as Nigel Clough made changes to the side that beat Forest. His side started the better of the two and Buxton came close inside the first couple of minutes when his effort was blocked in front of goal after a Ben Davies corner caused concern in the Doncaster defence. Callum Ball then cut in from the right but his left-footed effort was straight at Carl Ikeme in the home goal.
The pressure continued and Derby took the lead on thirteen minutes when Buxton`s ball forward was chased down by Theo Robinson and he beat Ikeme to the ball to flick home and net his tenth goal of the season. The Rams` leading scorer had another shot not long afterwards before Doncaster mustered their first real effort on goal when Pascal Chimbonda`s cross was headed over the top by El-Hadji Diouf just after the twenty minute mark.
The Senegalese striker was then involved again as he took down a long kick upfield before trying to play in Simon Gillett but his through ball was just ahead of the midfielder. Doncaster were getting on top and Frederick Piquionne got on the end of a Diouf cross but his effort was straight at Frank Fielding. Robinson went close to doubling his tally with the last effort of the half when he turned away from Habib Beye but he dragged his effort across goal at the vital moment.
Derby started the second half brightly and Ball headed straight at Ikeme from a Robinson cross and they doubled their advantage when Gareth Roberts scored his first goal for The Rams against his former club. Some neat football through midfield saw an interchange of passes between Craig Bryson and Jeff Hendrick before Paul Green found Roberts running at goal and he calmly slotted home from close range for 2-0.
The visitors were looking comfortable only for Doncaster to pull a goal back from nowhere when Giles Barnes flicked on a ball upfield and Diouf turned inside the area to fire past Fielding to give his side hope with just over twenty minutes to go. Naylor volleyed over the top as Derby got themselves back in front after weathering a spell of pressure and they saw out the closing stages including four minutes of added time to claim a third victory in the last four games and move into the top half of the table.
Derby County: Fielding; Naylor, Buxton, Shackell, Roberts; Green, Hendrick, Bryson, B. Davies; Robinson (S. Davies 90), Ball (Tyson 79).
Subs Not Used: Legzdins, Bailey, Carroll.
Doncaster Rovers: Ikeme; Chimbonda, Beye, Martis (Hird 68), Spurr; Gillett, Bennett, Barnes (Hayter 87); Diouf, Piquionne, Coppinger.
Subs Not Used: Oster, Woods, Illunga.