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Derby County 0-1 Ipswich Town - Match Report
Tuesday, 28th Nov 2017 22:00

Callum Connolly’s first goal for the Blues in the fifth minute saw Town to a 1-0 victory over Derby at Pride Park, extending Town’s unbeaten run on Rams’ turf to 10 games and 11 years, the last three all ending 1-0. Connolly flicked home a header from a Martyn Waghorn corner on the right and despite spells of Derby pressure, the Blues hung on to claim all three points.

Joe Garner was a notable absentee from the Town attack. The former Rangers striker has been managing an ongoing shoulder problem since pre-season, but it's understood it’s not that forced him to miss the game.

Young striker Ben Morris was subbed at half-time in yesterday's U23s draw at Charlton in order to be a late addition to the travelling party.

Emyr Huws was handed his first start of the season and Jordan Spence and Bersant Celina returned to the team, while Dominic Iorfa and Freddie Sears dropped to the bench.

Derby were unchanged for the third game running with former Blues loanee Tom Lawrence starting.

It was Lawrence who made the game’s first attempt at goal in the fourth minute, but the Wales international mistimed his header from Andreas Weimann’s right-wing cross and sent the ball very wide of goal.

A minute later, the Blues took the lead. Ward won a corner on the right with Town’s first attack, Waghorn whipped the corner in to the near post and Connolly flicked it goalwards.

The ball struck the underside of the bar, Scott Carson in the Derby goal pawed it away, but referee Scott Duncan signalled that Hawk-Eye had indicated that it had already crossed the line. All the outfield Town players joined in celebrating the on-loan Everton man’s first goal for the Blues.

But for the technology, it’s unlikely that the officials would have given the goal with neither official appearing to react as if they had initially thought it had gone over the line.

The goal led to a few nerves in the Derby side with the ball given away needlessly on a number of occasions in the minutes after the Blues had gone in front.

However, skipper Luke Chambers was forced to make an important challenge midway inside the Blues’ half with Matej Vydra otherwise away and in the clear.

On 12 Ward wasn’t too far away from a second with an overhit cross which Carson confidently allowed to pass his post, although perhaps rather more closely than he had probably anticipated.

Town were defending solidly, working hard, keeping the ball confidently in spells and breaking quickly when they could with Derby having much the greater share of the possession but without being able to find a way through.

The Rams carved out their first real opportunity since going behind as the game reached the half-hour mark, Lawrence crossing from the left and Weimann volleying well over when he will feel he ought to have done better.

Three minutes later, Lawrence was booked for diving after going to ground rather dramatically as he took the ball past Chambers inside the box on the Rams’ left. It appeared Lawrence had run into the Town captain to try to draw the foul and then made far too much of any contact there was.

Curtis Davies stabbed a Lawrence corner from the left against Huws in the 37th minute with the Blues continuing to remain resolute in defence but by now threatening more rarely at the other end.

However, on 42 Celina sent Ward away down the left and the ex-Spurs man won a freekick from which Huws saw a header blocked.

As the half moved into one minute of additional time, Weimann out-battled Webster and hit a shot which deflected wide but Town saw out the remaining seconds of the half to go in a goal up at the break.

Having gained the early lead from another excellent Waghorn set piece and Connolly’s equally impressive flicked header, the Blues were able to sit back and challenge Derby to break them down.

The Rams had really only managed to create a couple of chances, Weimann’s volley over and Davies’s blocked effort from the corner.

Town had continued to look dangerous on the counter-attack and had also had spells of possession of their own but without having been able to conjure up a second goal.

Derby swapped the conspicuously quiet David Nugent for Suffolk-born ex-Norwich striker Chris Martin at half-time, the one-time England man having been unable to add to his previous 15 goals in 15 games.

The Blues carved out the first chance of the second period a minute after the restart, Ward’s cross from the right reaching Connolly beyond the far post from where he hit a shot which was blocked by Carson.

The once-again-impressive Connolly was fouled by Tom Huddlestone midway inside the Derby half on 48. Waghorn played the ball wide to Celina, who lost possession and Weimann broke quickly.

Eventually, the ex-Aston Villa man played the ball back to Huddlestone on the edge of the box and Bartosz Bialkowski superbly saved away to his right, the ball appearing to have caught a Town defender on its way through.

On 55 Knudsen gave the ball away to Vydra midway inside the Town half and the Czech international brought it inside and found himself space before hitting a low shot wide.

Three minutes later, Chambers was booked for a foul on Lawrence as Derby broke, Bialkowski confidently palming Vydra’s low freekick to his right away from goal.

Right on the hour, Town swapped Huws - who had done well on his first start this season - and Celina for Sears and Flynn Downes, just before Davies misjudged a long ball down the middle but Waghorn was unable to connect with an acrobatic effort towards goal.

Webster joined Chambers in the book on 64 for taking down Richard Keogh five yards outside the area as the Irish international broke forward. The card is the Blues’ captain’s fifth of the season and he faces a one-game ban.

The freekick was played short to Vydra but his shot flicked off the Town wall and looped behind.

For the first time Town were finding themselves under sustained pressure but so far they were holding onto their lead but with breaks towards the other end less frequent.

Derby swapped Weimann for Jonny Russell as the match moved into the 70th minute, then two minutes later Tristan Nydam took over from goalscorer Connolly for Town.

Soon after the change, Ward wasn’t too far away from adding a second for the Blues with a chipped effort from an angle on the right but the ball looped beyond the post.

At the other end, Cole Skuse made an important interception - hardly his first of the evening - as Lawrence looked to receive a pass on the left of the area.

In the 75th minute Town looked to have a very decent shout for a penalty when Waghorn was felled in the area as he tried to take the ball past Davies on the right. Referee Duncan appeared uncertain and took the advice of his assistant who gave a corner, much to Waghorn’s frustration.

The Blues had weathered the spell of Derby pressure and were more in the game again, even if the Rams were still having most of the ball.

On 82 Downes was booked for kicking the ball away after Spence had been harshly adjudged to have given away a foul 30 yards out to the left. The 18-year-old is also banned from Saturday's game against Forest. Lawrence’s freekick flew harmlessly wide.

Derby went somewhat closer two minutes later when Vydra deftly exchanged passes and broke into the box but somehow stabbed past Bialkowski’s right post when he seemed certain to level.

Rams sub George Thorne claimed a penalty in the 87th minute as he took the ball past Skuse but referee Duncan waved away his protests. The former West Brom man looked to have made a lot of nothing.

There was a big scare for the Blues a minute later when Sears lost possession on halfway and Derby broke. Eventually, Russell crossed from the right and Joe Ledley smashed high and wide from a tight angle beyond the far post.

Rams keeper Carson went up for an injury time corner which the Blues repelled and moments later referee Duncan confirmed Town’s third successive 1-0 win at Pride Park, which continues to be a happy hunting ground for both the Blues - unbeaten there in 10 back to 2006 - and McCarthy, whose last loss at Derby was at the Baseball Ground with Millwall in 1995.

For once Town's great nemesis Nugent was unable to make any impact and fell to a defeat to the Blues for the first time.

Having got their lead, Town defended resolutely for the most part, while Derby will feel they had opportunities they should have taken.

The Blues remained a threat on the break for much of the game and might even have added to their lead with Waghorn’s penalty claim appearing the strongest of the game’s three.

Winning their long-awaited game in hand sees the Blues move up only one place to ninth but now only three points from the play-offs with Nottingham Forest, who they have pushed into 10th, at Portman Road on Saturday.

Derby County: Carson, Forsyth, Keogh (c), Lawrence, Baird, Weimann (Russell 70), Vydra, Nugent (Martin 46), Davies (Thorne 83), Ledley, Huddlestone. Unused: Mitchell, Wisdom, Pearce.

Town: Bialkowski, Spence, Chambers (c), Webster, Knudsen, Skuse, Connolly (Nydam 72), Ward, Huws (Downes 60), Celina (Sears 60), Waghorn. Unused: Gerken, Iorfa, Bishop, Morris. Referee: Scott Duncan (Northumberland). Att: 24,475.

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truckerblue added 22:26 - Nov 28
@Merthyrblue I stand corrected!! He done bloody well then as he must be knocking on now!!!!

TimmyH added 22:28 - Nov 28
Well well what a surprise...maybe other than to Rensham (but he does predict we'll win every game). Sounded like a good all round performance from the boys and particularly from the defence (who would have thought after not keeping a clean away sheet in yonks).

Shout out to Connolly who has been very good the last few weeks with his first senior goal. Now for some consistency...lets not let this slip by letting Forest off the hook!

Well done all, best result and most surprising one of the season.

Gcon added 22:33 - Nov 28
Shhhhhh! - You hear that?
It's the delightful sound of the moany ones choking on their humble pie....

Blueboy, Blue Machines, Timmy H etc - How you like them apples?

Believe & Support

itfchorry added 22:35 - Nov 28
Gcon Out !

Swn98 added 22:36 - Nov 28
i should give up on this one Blueboy!!!!!!...... if i were you.

dangerous30 added 22:36 - Nov 28
Well done town 😀

1RWR added 22:40 - Nov 28
And no-one has mentioned.......................5 points ahead of the scum!!!!
Nobody expected three points away to Derby, hats off to the lads, well done!

Barhamblue added 22:41 - Nov 28
Cracking result from Mick and the lads. That will keep the anti McCarthy snowflakes quiet (we’ll until the next defeat that is) COYB’s

Swn98 added 22:42 - Nov 28
oh dear oh dear Blueboy timmy h itfcwhorry and pals !!!!!!

The_Romford_Blue added 22:43 - Nov 28
Told you all that the game in hand was worth something

Youuuuuu bluuuuuuueesss!!

blueboy1981 added 22:44 - Nov 28
Gcon, Rensham, Kerbmeister, Swn98, and a 'few' others - amazingly quick out of the wilderness tonight with their same old drawl.

I wonder why ... ??

At least SOME of us can give credit where / when it is due - the afore mentioned would not know the meaning of such. It doesn't end there though - the biggest joke is that they consider themselves REAL ITFC Supporters. LOL.

Swn98 added 22:44 - Nov 28
well done gcon kerbmeister and pals for keeping the faith.
Its a rocky and long road the Championship season but something tells me there could be success at the end.

Swn98 added 22:45 - Nov 28
Your sad Blueboy and a disgrace to our great club.

TimmyH added 22:46 - Nov 28
Don't be silly Gcon...let's not start bickering on this good night, some people can't help themselves.

We all know on their day practically anybody can beat anybody in this league it's that tight, other than Wolves I think most sides have been turned over by a side which could be considered a coupon buster this season. It's consistency we need and then maybe you can be a bit more high and mighty.

DallianAttkinson added 22:48 - Nov 28
Good win tonight we needed a result against top team and hats off to the boys they performed COYB

happybeingblue added 22:49 - Nov 28
Cracking result didn’t think we would win this one UP THE TOWN

blueboy1981 added 22:52 - Nov 28
Swn98 ....... speak for yourself - the day I personally need you as judge on such issue will never come - I assure you.

Goodnight and God Bless you all - Remembering that 'one Swallow doesn't make a Summer'. I hope that's not too difficult to have heard, or understand the meaning of.

Swn98 added 22:52 - Nov 28
NO timmy h you slag us off relentlessly Tonight we will enjoy, game in hand = 3points

Gcon added 22:56 - Nov 28
Blueboy, you make me laugh.

Let me remind you of your Pre Match Banter "Bore, block,no shots on target and hope to nick a goal being the order from the so called maestro (Dino). Haven't we seen it all before ? - and some of us know just what to expect."

Post match - In like Flynn with the first and second comments - "Well done all."

And now you, with your cancelled season ticket, your persistent calls for the managers head, your hypocrisy and your relentless sniping at those that keep the faith have the gaul to suggest your support is more relevant than mine? Are you for real?


itfchorry added 22:59 - Nov 28
Don't get to excited SW98 - you have school
in the morning ! !

Gcon added 23:02 - Nov 28
Sir, Timmy called me silly....

Swn98 added 23:02 - Nov 28
itfcchorry. School your 48 years to late for that crack old son

BraveDave added 23:03 - Nov 28
Blueboy. Why don't you just leave it at 'great result'? Why do you have to say 'one swallow doesn't make a summer'? Even when everybody else can be positive, you can't help yourself - and that's why people think you get pleasure out of us losing.

Skuse absolutely stood out tonight. He controlled that midfield and broke up so much of the Derby play. Glad that people are rating him so highly tonight as he deserves it

TimmyH added 23:03 - Nov 28
I slag you off relentlessly!?!...really? - I've certainly been known to have a pop at Mick's management style, his average results, being here too long, being overpaid etc. etc but I genuinely can't remember 'slagging' you, Gcon and who else off...remind if so.

Anyway goodnight and let's enjoy this night...

Swn98 added 23:04 - Nov 28
Well the old Dino has done it again well done and all the players .
Night Night

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