Writer: Peter Simcox
Date:Thursday January 3 2008
Rams lose it late again at the Reebok
It may be a new year but the Rams continued where they left off in 2007 losing 0-1 at Bolton Wanderers last night to a last minute strike from Stelios Giannakopolous.
The Greek international struck in stoppage-time, racing on to a long ball from the back, lifting the ball past Lewis Price and nodding home to earn Bolton the points and leave the Rams rock bottom of the table.
Paul Jewell made three changes to the side that lost 1-2 at home to Blackburn Rovers with Craig Fagan, Gary Teale and Darren Moore, replacing Steve Howard, the injured Dean Leacock and Michael Johnson, who dropped to the bench.
Gary Megson made two changes to the home sides line up with Ivan Campos and Danny Guthrie replacing J. Lloyd Samuel.
The Rams were the first to threaten Craig Fagan turned Abdoulaye Meite on halfway and raced through, Jaaskelainen rushing from his line to block the shot.
Both sides cancelled each other out in a dour struggled, although Meite nodded an El Hadji Diouf corner wide as Bolton looked to keep their good home form under Megson intact.
On the half hour French international Nicolas Anelka, who may have been playing his last game for the club, with Chelsea favourites for his signature, found space down the right and crossed for Kevin Nolan to volley over from 20-yards.
The Rams rallied and went close on three occasions to taking the lead. First Fagan rose unmarked from an Eddie Lewis corner, but his header was saved superbly by Jaaskelainen. Moments later Johnson, who had replaced the injured Jay McEveley, shot from 25-yards, but the crossbar came to Jaaskelainen aid this time.
This was the Rams best spell of the match and Lewis again was the provider his cross found Fagan who headed wide.
Bolton opened brightly in the second half with substitute Christian Wilhelmsson causing the Rams problems down the left with his pace. Meite then had a header from a corner cleared away by Giles Barnes, before Guthrie fired over from 10-yards following Tyrone Mears' poor clearance.
The Rams were hanging on as Bolton pressed, Diouf had a goal ruled out for offside, and Anelka`s 25-yard shot was tipped on to the bar by Lewis Price, and Nolan somehow missed from two-yards after Anelka`s cross.
It looked like the Rams had fought out a draw but Bolton had other ideas and in stoppage-time Jaaskelainen`s long clearance found Giannakopolous who clipped the ball over Price and head into an empty net.
The Rams still had a chance to level in the last minute of stoppage-time, Jaaskelainen saving Kenny Miller's shot to seal the three points for the Reebok Stadium side.
The dramatic late finish was harsh on the Rams who deserved something from the game - but their survival hopes are fading with each game.
Bolton: Jaaskelainen, Joey O'Brien, Meite, Andrew O'Brien, Gardner, Davies (Wilhelmsson 46), Nolan (Giannakopoulos 82), Campo, Guthrie, Diouf, Anelka.
Subs Not Used: Al Habsi, Samuel, Michalik.
Derby: Price, Mears, Moore, Davis, McEveley (Johnson 21), Teale (Macken 65), Fagan (Feilhaber 85), Oakley, Barnes, Lewis, Miller.
Subs Not Used: Hinchliffe, Holmes.
Ref: Howard Webb (S Yorkshire).
Date:Thursday January 3 2008
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