Writer: Peter Simcox
Date:Sunday February 11 2007
10-02-07 - Championship
Attendance: 28, 140
Tigers claw back for point
Derby County 2 Hull City 2
The Rams had to do with a share of the spoils as Hull City twice came from behind to earn a 2-2 draw at Pride Park.
Gary Teale opened the scoring with his first goal for the Rams after they had survived a frantic penalty box scramble but Andy Dawson restored parity with a free-kick four minutes later.
Nevertheless, Derby reached half time in front after Darren Moore headed home moments before the whistle.
But with less than two minutes remaining the Tigers snatched a point as Dave Livermore volleyed home a Sam Ricketts cross.
Jay McEveley was handed a Derby County debut in place of Mo Camara as boss Billy Davies made three changes to the side that won 1-0 at Southampton a week ago.
Gary Teale was also back in the starting line-up replacing Bob Malcolm, while Giles Barnes replaced Craig Fagan, who was suspended and also not able to face his former club.
The Rams started the brighter, and they forced two early corners, from the second, Steve Howard's glancing header dipped wide, though the whistle had already gone for a foul on the keeper. The big striker went close again on 18 minutes. Teale's cross with a flicked on by the striker, but Myhill saved.
Hull looked suspect down the flanks but looked good going forward, as the relegation-threatened side showed they had defiantly come to play. Stephen McPhee was sent clear for the Tigers, but he was forced wide and could only shoot straight at Stephen Bywater, but moments later the Rams had the lead.
The Rams were under the cosh on their own goal line, where some desperate defending had blocked four successive shots, before Stephen Pearson broke from his own penalty area at pace. He feed Teale down the right channel, and he fired past Myhill`s for the opening goal
But the Tigers were level in the 33rd minute, after Darren Moore fouled Jon Parkin just outside the box, and Dawson free kick sailed over the wall and past Bywater's out-stretched arms. It was the first goal Derby had conceded since the New Year's Day win at Preston.
The Rams should have been back in front on 40 minutes, Barnes attacked with pace before finding McEveley whose cross found the fast arriving Pearson free in the box, but his downward header was blocked by Myhill`s legs
But the Rams did have the lead again in stoppage-time, Jones` corner from the left was met by Moore whose header beat Myhill.
The Rams had to defend again after the break as Hull continued to take the game to their hosts, they forced a couple of corners to open the second half but the Rams defended them well, and then they hit on the counter-attack, Barnes 20-yard shot was saved low by Myhill.
Stephen McPhee should have done better for Hull in the 67th minute but blazed well over and Howard almost continued his goal scoring feats ten minutes later, but his header was cleared off the line by Danny Coles. But the Tigers continued to press and they scored the equaliser in the 88th minute, Sam Ricketts found space down the right and he found Livermore to drive home from ten yards.
A frustrating day for the Rams and the pitch may be levelled the sides on the day, but that`s not taking anything away from Hull who battled all day. The Rams should have killed the game off earlier, but as they say, that's football - and a point isn't the end of the world, and with results elsewhere going the Rams way they have extended their lead at the top-of-the-table to seven points.
Derby County - GK Bywater, Edworthy, Moore, Leacock, McEveley, Teale (Macken 73), Oakley (Bisgaard 84), Pearson, Jones, Barnes (Lupoli 89), Howard
Subs not used: M Johnson, Mears.
Hull City - GK Myhill, Dawson, Coles, Turner, Forster, McPhee, Parkin (Windass 61), Delaney, Welsh (Parlour 61), Ricketts, Livermore
Subs not used: Duke (GK), Elliott, Duffy
Referee: M. Russell
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Date:Sunday February 11 2007
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