Derby Pay For Missed Chances
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Derby County were made to pay for their profligacy in front of goal as they had to settle for a point in a 1-1 draw with Peterborough United at Pride Park in a game they should have been out of sight in. Theo Robinson turned home from close range after twenty-one minutes to give Derby the advantage and they dominated proceedings with Paul Jones making saves from Steve Davies and Craig Bryson to keep his side in the match. The Rams continued on the front foot after the break and Bryson again came close before Davies had a goal ruled out for offside and Jeff Hendrick had a close range effort blocked when he looked set to score. Against the run of play the visitors snatched a point when David Ball curled home with eight minutes to go and George Boyd then hit a post before Jones denied Davies in the dieing moments as Nigel Clough`s side had to settle for a point and twelfth place in the table.
Adam Legzdins came in for the injured Frank Fielding and there was also a place on the right of midfield for 17 year-old Will Hughes as Jamie Ward missed out with a hamstring problem. Lee Tomlin ran the Derby back line and fired a shot from outside the area that didn`t trouble Legzdins inside the first two minutes but The Rams took control of the match and Steve Davies brought an excellent save from Paul Jones in the Peterborough goal when his volley from a John Brayford cross was pushed away. Davies then forced another save from Jones from a freekick from just outside the area and Derby took the lead on twenty-one minutes when Craig Bryson crossed from the left and Theo Robinson got the last touch to turn home from close range for his twelfth goal of the season.
Bryson had an effort from range turned behind for a corner with Jason Shackell glancing the resulting set piece narrowly wide of the far post. Hughes was impressing down the right and he had a close range volley blocked before reaching the target and the youngsters ball released Bryson down the right but Davies` attempted flick from his cross did not make enough contact with the goal at his mercy. Bryson found Robinson with a clever ball with five minutes to go in the half and the striker attempted a clever early shot but Jones reacted well to keep the shot out and his side went in only one goal behind at the break.
Bryson continued where he left off in the first half and came close with a long range effort before Tommy Rowe won a freekick on the edge of the area for the visitors but Grant McCann`s effort was blocked as was a shot from Craig Alcock from the rebound as The Rams held firm at the back. Davies thought he had scored a second when he turned in Robinson`s cross from close range but the flag was up for offside and Jeff Hendrick fired narrowly wide from the edge of the area as Derby continued to press forward. Nathan Tyson then made progress down the left before firing in a low cross but there was no-one on the end as it fizzed through the six-yard area.
Mason Bennett replaced Robinson with just over fifteen minutes to go and the youngster almost made an immediate impact when he released Tyson down the left and his cutback found Hendrick but his effort was blocked as he looked set to double the lead. The Rams were made to pay for the missed opportunities with eight minutes to go when substitute David Ball was released through the middle and he curled home from the edge of the area to level the scores. George Boyd rattled a post with a shot from inside the area as Peterborough came close to snatching the victory and Davies was denied by Jones with a close range header in added time as The Rams looked to put themselves back in front but they had to settle for a point.
Derby County: Legzdins; Brayford, Buxton, Shackell, Roberts; Hughes (Carroll 83), Hendrick, Bryson (Bailey 87), Tyson; Robinson (Bennett 74), S. Davies.
Subs Not Used: Thomas, Lelan.
Peterborough United: Jones; Alcock, Zakuani, Little, Rowe; Tomlin, McCann, Newell (Ntlhe 56); Boyd, Barnett (Ball 63), Taylor (Kearns 56).
Subs Not Used: Brisley, Grant.