Rams Hold On For Point
Attendance: 30, 003
Derby County held on for a 1-1 draw against Sheffield United at Pride Park to remain in second place in the table. The Blades saw more of the ball but didn`t trouble the home defence before Johnny Russell was hauled down in the area midway through the first half and Matey Vydra slammed home from the spot. Leon Clarke headed home unmarked at the far post ten minutes after halftime but a tired looking Derby hung in there to take a point with Scott Carson untroubled in the closing stages.
Gary Rowett made four changes to the side who won at Portman Road 48 hours earlier amongst which was David Nugent replacing two goal hero Sam Winnall up front. The Blades saw more of the ball in the opening stages without really troubling Scott Carson even after reaching some promising positions out wide. They were made to pay for the lack of cutting edge on twenty-four minutes after George Baldock bundled Johnny Russell over in the area with Matej Vydra slamming his penalty high into the net. Carson did have to save from Clayton Donaldson after he turned inside Richard Keogh and Andreas Weimann shot wide from a tight angle just before the break.
The visitors came out looking sharper in the second period and John Fleck came close before Leon Clarke equalised ten minutes in when Donaldson`s cross picked out the Championship`s leading scorer who headed home unchallenged at the far post. United continued on the front foot for the remainder of the half as The Rams looked leggy but with Carson largely untested they couldn`t find a way through the home defence as the game finished all square.
Derby County: Carson; Baird, Keogh, Davies, Forsyth; Huddlestone, Johnson (Winnall, 70`); Russell, Vydra (Thorne, 70`), Weimann; Nugent (Martin, 81`).
Substitutes not used: Mitchell, Wisdom, Pearce, Bennett.
Sheffield United: Moore; Basham, Stearman, O`Connell; Baldock, Lundstram (Lafferty, 92`), Fleck, Stevens; Duffy (Carruthers, 77`); Donaldson, Clarke.
Substitutes not used: Blackman, Sharp, Wright, Carter-Vickers, Lavery.