Robinson Earns Derby Draw
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Another late goal saw the spoils shared at Molyneux but this time it was in Derby County's favour as they salvaged a well deserved point after Theo Robinson's injury time equaliser saw them draw 1-1 with Wolverhampton Wanderers. The Rams played neat football throughout and Karl Ikeme denied Jamie Ward on more than one occasion during the first-half and he was to rue those missed opportunities when Kevin Doyle slotted home ten minutes before the break to give Wolves the lead. Derby came out strongly in the second-half and after the introduction of Michael Jacobs and Robinson with ten minutes to go another period of pressure ended when the former Millwall striker curled home after being found by Jeff Hendrick's ball in the area to earn his side a point.
Will Hughes was brought back into the side in place of Nathan Tyson who dropped to the bench and James O'Connor retained his place in the centre of defence with Jake Buxton not yet fit enough to return. Derby started quickly and Conor Sammon had an opportunity inside the first minute when Craig Bryson delivered a low cross from the left but Christophe Berra got back to challenge just as he was about to strike and the ball ended up over the top. Sylvan Ebanks-Blake should then have given Wolves the lead when Kevin Doyle knocked a cross down to him and he hit the top of bar from just six-yards out after he beat O'Connor to the ball.
The Rams got back on the front foot and Jamie Ward found Sammon who fired straight at Karl Ikeme from the edge of the area and the Wolves keeper then tipped an effort from Ward onto the post at full stretch to keep his side level. Ward was again denied by Ikeme when his twenty yard free-kick was parried out with no Derby player able to take advantage of the rebound and the former Sheffield United striker was then denied by a superb last ditch tackle by Roger Johnson as he looked to get on the end of a pull-back from Bryson. Despite their efforts The Rams found themselves a goal down with ten minutes to play in the half when David Edwards' run down the right saw his ball eventually reach Doyle in the area and he calmly slotted home from ten yards to put his side ahead.
Ward was denied by Ikeme at the start of the second-half as his effort from twenty yards was beaten out and Paul Coutts picked out Richard Keogh with a free-kick from the right but the Derby captains' header flew just over the bar. Derby continued to dominate in terms of possession but the clock was beginning to run down when Nigel Clough brought on Michael Jacobs and Theo Robinson with ten minutes to go. Robinson almost made an immediate impact when he looked to have a clear run on goal but Johnson got back well to take the ball of his toe at the expense of a corner. The pressure eventually told in added on time when a corner was only half cleared by the home defence and Jeff Hendrick's clever ball found Robinson who curled home beyond Ikeme and into the far corner to snatch a point for his side.
Derby County: Fielding; Brayford, Keogh, O'Connor, Roberts; Coutts (Jacobs 80), Hendrick, Bryson, Hughes (Tyson 67); Ward, Sammon (Robinson 80).
Subs Not Used: Legzdins, Doyle, Gjokaj, Freeman.
Wolverhampton Wanderers: Ikeme; Zubar, Berra, Johnson, Ward; Peszko, Edwards, Davis (Forde 58), Doumbia (Jonsson 85); Doyle, Ebanks-Blake.
Subs Not Used: De Vries, Elokobi, Stearman, Sigurdason, Nouble, Jonsson.
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