Robinson Scores Again
Weston Homes Community Stadium
Theo Robinson continued his fine run of form in pre-season with his fourth goal in four games as he calmly slotted home a last minute equaliser as Derby County and Colchester United drew 2-2 at the Weston Homes Community Stadium. The Rams started brightly and found themselves in front from a Magnus Okuonghe own goal and could have been further ahead by the time a double from former West Ham striker Freddie Sears either side of half-time gave the home side the advantage. Derby stepped up the pressure with Mark Cousins in the Colchester being kept busy before Robinson levelled the scores in the final moments of the game.
Nathan Tyson threatened early on when he shot from thirty yards and his effort took a deflection before skidding wide for a corner and The Rams took the lead on eight minutes when a kick up-field from Frank Fielding was flicked on by Craig Bryson and Okuonghe played the ball back towards his keeper but Cousins had already left his line to close down the flick and the ball rolled into the empty net. Paul Coutts found Jeff Hendrick with a neat chipped pass but he was well closed down by Cousins and the chance went as he looked to lay the ball off.
Colchester were playing some neat football and Morrison had a flicked effort from close range well held by Fielding. Hendrick went close with a curling effort from the edge of the area after Jamie Ward's pull-back and the home side then found an equaliser when Bond released Sears through the middle and he took a touch before firing into the net to level the scores.
Colchester started the second half strongly and get themselves in front when Morrison laid the ball off to Sears who curled home a neat finish from twenty yards just before the hour mark. The Rams stepped up the pace playing some good football and Cousins was twice called into action, firstly when Jake Buxton headed Michael Jacobs' cross straight at him and then reacting well to tip over a firmly struck effort from Ward.
The home keeper was a busy man and he reacted well to parry another Buxton header and Theo Robinson saw his follow up header cleared off the line. However, Derby's joint leading scorer from last season was not to be denied and fellow substitute Will Hughes played him through on goal in the final minute and he calmly slotted the ball under Cousins to leave the sides level at the end of ninety minutes.
Derby County: Fielding (Legzdins 79); Brayford, Keogh, Buxton, O`Connor (Roberts 68); Coutts (B. Davies 79), Hendrick (Doyle 79), Bryson, Jacobs(Bennett 73); Ward(Hughes 73), Tyson (Robinson 73)
Subs Not Used: Deeney, Bailey, Naylor.