Rams Out In Third Round
King Power Stadium
Attendance: 14, 043
Chris Martin gave Derby County a firsthalf lead but two goals in the space of three second half minutes gave Leicester City a come from behind victory and a place in the Fourth Round of the Capital One Cup. After a nervous start The Rams were on top in the firsthalf with Jake Buxton and Craig Bryson both coming close before Martin converted from a Johnny Russell pullback just before the break. Derby played more on the counter in the second period with Russell diverting a low cross just wide but with twelve minutes to go the game was turned on its head. Firstly, Anthony Knockaert rifled home a freekick off the underside of the bar before Danny Drinkwater`s flick took a deflection before finding the net just three minute later to complete the comeback and out the hosts through.
Kieron Freeman, Paul Coutts and Conor Sammon all came into the side as Nigel Clough made three changes from the weekend defeat to Reading but they were on the back foot in the early stages when Jeff Schlupp was first to misplaced pass but his effort was blocked and Freeman then had to clear off the line when Tom Hopper flicked the ball towards goal. Derby fought their way back into the game and Coutts had a low drive beaten away by Kasper Schmeichel at the near post. Jake Buxton had a header from a corner cleared off the line before Craig Bryson made room with quick feet on the edge of the area but Schmeichel was alert to keep out his effort.
Ben Davies replaced Coutts after thirty-five minutes with the former Preston midfielder suffering a knee injury and he almost made an immediate impact but his half-volley flashed over the top. Johnny Russell beat Zoumana Bakayogo down the right with three minutes to go until the break and cut the ball back for Chris Martin who took a touch and swept the ball into the bottom corner to give Derby the lead.
David Nugent and Lloyd Dyer were introduced at the break and the former had the first effort of the second period when he was first to Gary Taylor-Fletcher`s cutback but his effort didn`t trouble Lee Grant who made a comfortable save. Leicester were looking to dictate play with The Rams content to hit them on the counter attack and Craig Forsyth`s low cross found Russell but he could not divert the ball on target with his effort just the wrong side of the post.
Danny Drinkwater crashed an effort wide from twenty yards as the home side looked for the equaliser and with twelve minutes to go they found the breakthrough when Antony Knockaert`s freekick from thirty yards crashed off the underside of the cross bar and into the net to level the scores. Drinkwater put Leicester in front two minutes later when he flicked Matt James` freekick towards goal with the ball taking a deflection before finding the net. The Rams looked for a way back into the match in the closing stages but Martin`s tame effort into the arms of Schmeichel was the best they could muster as they went down by a single goal.
Leicester City: Schmeichel; Moore, Wasilewski, Miquel, Bakayogo (Dyer 46); Hammond, James, Drinkwater; Taylor-Fletcher (Knockaert 63), Hopper (Nugent 46), Schlupp.
Subs Not Used: Logan, De Laet, Konchesky, Whitbread.
Derby County: Grant, Freeman, Keogh, Buxton, Forsyth, Coutts (Davies 28), Bryson, Hughes (Jacobs 90), Russell, Sammon, Martin.
Subs Not Used: Deeney, Smith, Bennett, Eustace, Ward.