Rams Down Cherries
Attendance: 10, 720
Jamie Ward scored the only goal of the game just after the hour mark to give Derby County a 1-0 victory over Bournemouth at the Goldsands Stadium. Former Derby goalkeeper Lee Camp was the busier of the two custodians on the first half denying Chris Martin and Jamie Ward and Simon Dawkins also came close before The Rams took the lead sixteen minutes into the second period. A neat build-up saw Craig Forsyth cross from the left and Ward converted at the back post despite Camp getting a hand to the ball. Bournemouth threw balls into the area from all angles but Derby`s defence stood firm and substitute Mason Bennett was denied by Camp in the closing stages as he looked to secure the win.
John Eustace returned to the side after suspension and Johnny Russell was handed a place on the bench after returning from his broken leg. Eunan O`Kane was the first to threaten when he went past Craig Bryson and John Eustace into the penalty but was denied by a superb tackle by Richard Keogh but The Rams were looking dangerous on the break and Jamie Ward picked out Simon Dawkins who fired over from twenty-five yards. Will Hughes then fed Ward but after cutting inside his effort was easily held by Lee Camp. Chris Martin was denied by the former Derby keeper with an instinctive volley and Tokelo Rantie fired wide from a tight angle as the two sides fought for supremacy.
Ward`s snapshot was again kept out by Camp and Andre Wisdom was in the right place to hack the ball to safety when Lee Grant didn`t get enough on an attempted punch from a freekick from the right. Dawkins had the last effort of the half when he cut in and beat two defenders but his firmly struck effort took a nick off a defender and flew narrowly over.
Derby continued to look dangerous on the break as the second half started and after not being able to carve out a clear cut chance with a couple of dangerous looking forays into the Bournemouth half they took the lead just after the hour mark when Craig Forsyth`s ball from the left picked out Ward and he calmly slotted home despite Camp getting a hand to the ball. Hughes then nearly punished another missed punch by Camp but his curling effort flew harmlessly over the top. O`Kane came close to an equaliser with a firm header from the edge of the area and Wes Thomas cut the ball back to Ryan Fraser but his header was also wide of the mark.
Johnny Russell, on as a substitute, beat two defenders before feeding fellow sub Mason Bennett but Camp stood up as long as he could to deny the youngster and the England Under-19 international was again denied by Camp in the closing stages as he looked to add to Derby`s lead but the one goal proved enough as they held out through an extended period of added time due to an injury to Steve Cook following a collision in the penalty area.
Bournemouth: Camp, Francis, Cook, Elphick, Daniels, Grabban, O'Kane, MacDonald, Pugh (Fraser 63), Rantie (Ritchie 64), Pitman (Thomas 74).
Subs not used: Flahavan, Addison, Harte, Surman.
Derby County: Grant; Wisdom, Buxton, Keogh, Forsyth, Eustace, Hughes, Bryson, Ward (Russell 79), Martin (Sammon 88), Dawkins (Bennett 74).
Subs not used: Morch, Smith, Davies, Ball.