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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.

Photo: Action Images

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blueboy1981 added 23:05 - Nov 28
Gcon ...... just a reminder that there is evidence in the Portman Road stands to remind you every game that not only I, cancelled my Season Ticket. We are not all 'happy clappies' prepared to accept anything served up - but proud of wanting our Club to return to former glory (and not empty stands).

Also a reminder that - I always give credit if / when it is due, hence first on the forum (not the first time either) .

MoscowBlueMule added 23:10 - Nov 28
After Burton I said we are lucky to have MM. I received about-40 odd. I still stand by my comment. I wonder how many -‘s today.......

Surco72 added 23:18 - Nov 28
Great result well done to all , clean sheet and stopped Nugent from scoring against us has to be a good night

Palestine added 23:25 - Nov 28
Well that surprised me. Excellent result.

carsey added 23:26 - Nov 28
Great result and welcome 3 points. Still want McCarthy gone.

spanishblue added 23:26 - Nov 28
Is this the first time ever the N man has not scored against us smiling all night long now yahoo even the rain in Spain cannot dampen my spirits tonight smiles all round

Seasider added 23:35 - Nov 28
Well who saw that coming,I certainly didn't;so congratulations to all concerned.

Re pre match post,I decided to listen to Radio Suffolk after all,and record England v Kazakstan.

Connelly continues to do very well in midfield,and of course scored the goal,similar to one in the 1966 World Cup;but fortunately we now have goal line technology.

I have not read any reports yet,or comments from those at the game;nor seen the highlights.Apparently both Waghorn and Ward were Ipswich'best two players according to Alex Mathie,whilst Bart brought off a terrific save to keep his first clean sheet away since February. Spence and Knudsen had some dodgy moments,which fortunately were not punished by Derby,who were profligate in front of goal thank goodness.

Overall I understand it was a great team effort;so we must all bask in the glory of this win which keeps us in touch with the play offs.

bobble added 23:40 - Nov 28
lets hope we back it up against forest...

Lathers added 23:42 - Nov 28
Rowett is definitely getting sacked in the morning! Let's follow up this most unexpected, but welcome win, with 3 more points against Notts Forest.

runningout added 00:00 - Nov 29
Flipping brill, although little fortunate

midastouch added 00:01 - Nov 29
Wow, didn't see this one coming. I had a bad feeling about the match. So much so I decided to swerve the match commentary on the radio and just turn the result on at the end. Well of course my eagerness to know the score got the better of me before the game was out and so I turned Radio Suffolk on via my TV and was expecting something like 2 nil to Derby or possibly worse even. And then when they said we were leading 1 nil I was really surprised. The only bad thing was I then had the agony of listening to us hang on for the last 10 minutes and after Sheff Wed I just feared we'd let one in late again. Well ye of little faith was proven wrong and gladly so! And nice to see Nugent not score against us for a change! After he scored against Norwich recently (and not scoring against us tonight) he's starting to grow on me at long last! I can't really comment on the game other than they said it was a really positive performance on the radio but I only caught the end. Still can't say much as I'm pretty shocked. And when they said on the radio we haven't lost away to Derby in about the last 10 which I was even more surprised about! As they say, to coin the famous cliché, it's a funny old game!
And of course full credit to the players and management for getting the result tonight, credit where credit is due.

OwainG1992 added 00:18 - Nov 29
Guys I get fed up with the negativitey which is to me very much over the top at times. I also understand how frustrated management and mainly Marcus Evans leaves us all. But come on let's now bicker and argue tonight like school kids. A terrific win and 3 points off the play offs and 5 clear of Norwich. I'll take that!

Fat_Boy_Tim added 00:52 - Nov 29
Tom Lawrence's dive, um... awkward!!

gosblue added 01:24 - Nov 29
I'm glad I decided to make the trip. Well done to every one of the 500 or so die-hards who braved the arctic conditions for what was our 3rd away game in 13 days. It was a bit of a rear-guard performance and Skuse (yes Skuse) was probably MOM. We lost our shape a little with the first two substitutions but that soon sorted itself out. I went expecting nothing, hoping for one point and coming away with three well deserved points.

Minneapolis_ITFC added 02:18 - Nov 29
Whether you're for the manager or against it, that represents an impressive score. May have been somewhat fortunate to win it but Bialkowski produced some fine saves and collectively the team saw out the victory.

This league is very unpredictable, all things are possible, and with continued good fortune and all players focused on the job in hand, a top six finish remains feasibly obtainable. Hope to take further points from neighbors Nottingham Forest in a short time.


Steve_ITFC_Sweden added 05:34 - Nov 29
We looked like a different team last night. I just had a feeling we might strike back, but I also was worried beforehand it would be a thrashing. Not at all! Took the game to them when we could, weathered a bit of pressure well, PASSED THE BALL calmly where before we would have hoofed, didn't mess around with ridiculous time wasting. Very well pleased with this performance - surely the best of the season given the opposition. Let's play like this every week, and I reckon 95% would be happy!

Steelmonkey added 06:00 - Nov 29
How is it that we can go to Derby, a side that looks genuine top six finishers if not possible automatic promotion candidates and do a number on them yet can't see out the dying minutes of a game at home when 2-1 up.
Despite this great away win, for me it doesn't make up for squandered points dropped in other games. Glad to to see that Nugent had a poor game.
This inconsistency drives me round the bend.

dirtydingusmagee added 06:58 - Nov 29
I HOLD MY HANDS UP ,I couldn't see that coming. And the fabled game in hand won . It was an excellent result, resulting from a very good effort from the team, and dare I say it Mick McCarthy. That was the sort of effort we have been calling for, Hopefully the team can maintain it. WELL DONE LADS . there you go Swn I'm not worthy !. lol.

Swn98 added 07:02 - Nov 29
Congratualations Dirty i hold my hands up to you COYB.

dirtydingusmagee added 07:13 - Nov 29
Swn ,never seen you post so many times after a game , hope you have cause to take a swipe at us after many more matches, it would mean we are doing well, and I can take it on the chin as well as dish it out.

Dissboyitfc added 07:17 - Nov 29
Really lovely to wake up after a midweek win. By all accounts a good performance to boot. Well done to the players, the management and Supporters.

On another note, i loved mathie as a player but as a pundit and commentator not so much! He reckons Chambers is the best RB at the club. Even Chambers himself and MM dont consider him to be a proper RB! The mind boggles at that one.

Will be travelling into Norwich later, will be a sweet day! I was very low after losing to them. They havent done anything since and for now their Cockiness will be very muted! Bring on the day!!!!

Dissboyitfc added 07:28 - Nov 29
What the MM lovers fail to get and see is we are all town fans at the end of the day! We love our club but dont love MM. We certainly are not sad with a great result! The one time we should all be united is after a victory like that, such a shame there are those who want to wind up those who are not happy with where we are as a club under MM. Nice to see all the MM knockers on here giving credit!

Today is the day for giving credit where credit is due!

Well done MM and now make Saturday count as well and get us another 3 points!

blue75 added 07:46 - Nov 29
Having had to start work st stupid o’clock went to bed in the knowledge we were 1-0 up thinking we’d be lucky to win this game. What a nice surprise walking to work when I read the final score. Shame so many on here want to rub noses in it and not celebrate the win. 1 win away from home won’t change people’s minds about McCarthy, mine probably never will my gripes are about style of play not the actual man himself. Everyone will enjoy this result as it’s 3 points closer to the magic 50 when we’ll find out where we’re heading this season. Here’s hoping for a good performance and a win against Forrest!!

tractorbot added 07:53 - Nov 29
amazing! my bro-in-law is a derby lad so at least i get some family bragging rights (my nephew is a budgie unfortunately).

@truckerblue: Scott Duncan was the manager who took us into the league back in the late 30's. Came to us from Man U and got us out frst promotion to the old division 2. he was man u manager before he came to us - got them promoted too.

Kingfisher49 added 07:58 - Nov 29
Great Result and a very welcome three points. That also put to bed the fact that none of the top teams have been beaten by town. But one thing that really does annoy me is that BBC East news did not even mention it on their bulletin this morning. England Ladies game at Colchester did but town did not. If the canaries had beaten Derby I bet would have been mentioned. Poor show from the Beeb but great from the town.

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