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Derby County 0-0 Ipswich Town - Half-Time
Tuesday, 21st Aug 2018 20:53

Town’s game against Derby County at Pride Park remains 0-0 at half-time.

Grant Ward returned to the Blues starting line-up for the suspended Tayo Edun on the left of midfield in an otherwise unchanged side.

For Derby, Martyn Waghorn dropped to the bench alongside Jack Marriott, while former loanee Tom Lawrence started, as did Town nemesis David Nugent, who was looking to add to his 15 goals in 16 games against the Blues.

Craig Bryson hit the game’s first effort over in the second minute after Lawrence had been crowded out on the right of the box with the Rams starting brightly.

Town’s first shot came on eight after a Gwion Edwards cross from the right had reached Trevoh Chalobah on the edge of the box but the on-loan Chelsea man shot weakly wide.

There was a scare for the Blues on 15 when Chalobah’s poor pass allowed Mason Mount to break inside the Town half but Bryson’s cross was too far in front of Nugent at the back post.

Town broke from the subsequent corner and Bryson was shown the game’s first yellow card for a cynical foul on Ward in front of the Blues’ technical area, almost sending Blues boss Hurst crashing as well as the midfielder.

On 17 Nolan shot powerfully but wide following a Town freekick on the left, then with the game continuing to be a stop-start, scruffy affair Derby were forced into a change in the 27th minute when George Evans suffered a knock. Wales international Joe Ledley took over.

Blues nemesis Nugent shot wide from the edge of the box in the 35th minute, then two minutes later Mount crossed from the right, Bartosz Bialkowski punched to the 18-yard line from where Bryson scuffed a shot into a Town player.

The Blues had spent most of the period in their own half albeit without Derby looking overly threatening for the most part but on 40 Ward twisted and turned in the box having seen his first shot blocked and his second effort took a deflection but fortunately flew straight to Scott Carson in the Rams goal.

Two minutes later Ellis Harrison caught one-time Town academy schoolboy and ballboy Richard Keogh in possession on halfway and the Ireland international hauled him down and was deservedly shown the yellow card by referee Scott Duncan.

Just prior to the fourth official holding up his board to indicate three additional minutes, a loose ball fell to Chalobah following a corner but the midfielder screwed his shot high and wide.

The scoreline remained 0-0 at the break which was a fair reflection of a not particularly enthralling first half of few chances at both ends.

Derby had had most of the ball but had been unable to force Bialkowski into a save with their rather ponderous approach.

Carson had also been relatively untroubled, Ward’s late effort aside, although the Rams hadn’t looked entirely comfortable defending Town corners. Blues boss Paul Hurst is likely to have been the happier of the two managers walking off at the break.

Derby: Carson, Forsyth, Bryson, Tomori, Keogh (c), Mount, Lawrence, Evans (Ledley 27), Bennett, Nugent, Bogle. Unused: Roos, Wisdom, Waghorn, Jozefzoon, Marriott, Lowe.

Town: Bialkowski, Donacien, Nsiala, Chambers (c), Knudsen, Chalobah, Skuse, Ward, Nolan, Edwards, Harrison. Unused: Gerken, Jackson, Spence, Roberts, Sears, Downes. Kenlock. Referee: Scott Duncan (Northumberland).

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jas0999 added 20:56 - Aug 21

Bezzer added 21:19 - Aug 21
If we continue to play this formation (nothing up front) and we persist with Chambers, Harrison and Knudsen, then it’s going to be a long, hard season. No creativity in midfield, no out and out left winger and no goal scorer! Sad times!!

Tractorboy1985 added 21:22 - Aug 21
70 minutes gone and I’m sorry mr hurst but while you persist on playing one up front especially when we do a goal behind we are going down.. FACT! This derby side are so poor and we’ve let them off the hook!

grinch added 21:25 - Aug 21
We are going to be around this position 20th till end of season i think no threat at all the strikers we have brought in do not seem capable so far of any threat especially when we only have one proper striker on the pitch at any one time frustrating to watch need more positivity in team selection not set up to score goals at present

Pezzer added 21:31 - Aug 21
I agree with the comments about the lone striker. We do not have the players to do this successfully in this league and need to try and score goals. It seems obvious thus far in every game the lone striker gas been isolated and we offer very little for the other team to have to defend. I enjoyed the battling display at Villa but again we never looked threatening in open play.

oxfordblue added 21:36 - Aug 21
This is as bad as we have been,lone striker and no plan b

Dog added 21:41 - Aug 21

What exactly was our plan tonight??.

tractorboy2421 added 21:42 - Aug 21
Oh dear oh dear oh dear. You can't win games without strikers, I fear for our safety in this division

Bluewelshman added 21:47 - Aug 21
We played as if we were still ten men, focusing on defending with zero attacking threat, very disappointed with them tonight.

Blue_75 added 21:48 - Aug 21
I like Paul Hurst and I’m happy with his transfer dealings. I just wish we’d play two up front. Our lone striker looks isolated. Really want to see if Harrison and Jackson could form a partnership!

BartonBluee added 21:50 - Aug 21
Boring “football” and we lose...

It’s all starting to make a lot of sense as to why a lot of our established championship players decided to leave at the very end of the window.

We need to bring in some experienced heads on loan ASAP. Otherwise I fear for this season. Is Hurst and his L1/2 contingent out of their depth? Only time will tell.

Tractorboy1985 added 21:50 - Aug 21
If we went and played 4-4-2 and took the game to them and lose 2-0 I can take that but this philosophy is what we saw too often last season! Stifle thee opposition and try and nick one! It’s not going to get us anywhere! When will we get a manager who realises the best form of defence is attack??

Bezzer added 21:51 - Aug 21
Surely ME can’t watch us plummet into Div 1?! Early days I know, BUT, what’s more important, swallowing your pride and admitting you’ve got it wrong or getting relegated. This division requires experienced players, luck and a manager who knows what it’s all about. Glad MM went, but this isn’t working! Cue the ‘it’s too early’ comments!!

Nobbysnuts added 21:54 - Aug 21
What a missed opportunity. You will not see a more pi#s poor team all season than derby. Absolute garbage and the only good thing is they are going nowhere under lampard. Two up front tonight and we would of won. Simple. They were there for the taking. Gutted. Absolutely gutted.

Pezzer added 21:55 - Aug 21
The midfield trio of Nydam, Dozzell and Downes is a distant memory! Harrison or Jackson will get nothing isolated up front. Bristol City and Hull both won away I think, playing 4-4-2. This is the Championship, not the Champions League and draws are pretty worthless given the sheer number of games. After the Villa game this was a great opportunity to go for a win at a confidence lacking Detby, but our lack of attacking ntent allowed Derby to start to play with confidence. Husrt promised postive front foot football and also to play the academy youngsters but it seems he nay have lost his nerve. I am sure most fans can stomach losing if you have tried to win the game, but this was very poor.

Bezzer added 22:02 - Aug 21
If Derby were that poor (they weren’t great tbh) what does that make us?! Too many poor players I’m afraid! That’s the simple truth! ME only has himself to blame for selling anyone with an ounce of championship standard talent and then under investing. I’m afraid a loan striker and loan centre half will not be enough for us to turn things around and let’s be fair, they won’t be good enough either!

Bezzer added 22:04 - Aug 21
@Pezzer, you need good players to play positive front foot football!

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