Rams Hold Leaders
Cardiff City Stadium
Attendance: 18, 480
Derby County held league leaders Cardiff City to a 0-0 draw at the Cardiff City Stadium in a largely uneventful encounter. The Rams were happy to sit back and try and catch their hosts on the break and as the second half progressed they were finding a little more room going forwards. Craig Forsyth`s cross cannoned back off the post and David Nugent was denied in the closing stages but neither side were able to find the goal that would have have given them all three points.
Johnny Russell came back into the starting line-up as The Rams sat back in the opening stages and looked to stifle the home side. Whilst offering little going forward the defence looked solid as they kept Cardiff to long range efforts, Junior Hoilett created a rare moment of threat after cutting inside from the left but his rising effort was pushed over by Scott Carson. That effort aside neither keeper had a lot to do before the break as the game was goalless at the break.
With Cardiff looking to make the breakthrough after halftime Derby had more opportunities to hit them on the break and Tom Huddlestone`s effort went just the wrong side of the post with Neil Etheridge going the wrong way. Craig Forsyth`s mishit cross looped over the home keeper and hit the post after a neat move set him free down the left and David Nugget was introduced from the bench to try and find the breakthrough with fifteen minutes to go.
Nugent was twice denied by last ditch tackles and he had another effort saved by Etheridge in the closing stages but they couldn`t get their noses in front and needed to settle for a point at the final whistle.
Cardiff City: Etheridge; Peltier, Ecuele Manga, Morrison, Bennett; Bamba, Damour (Tomlin 69), Ralls; Hoilett (Feeney 82), Zohore, Mendez-Laing.
Substitutes not used: Murphy, Ward, Halford, Connolly, Bogle.
Derby County: Carson; Wisdom, Keogh, Davies, Forsyth; Huddlestone, Ledley; Russell (Nugent 75), Johnson, Lawrence; Winnall (Martin 46).
Substitutes not used: Mitchell, Baird, Pearce, Weimann, Vydra.