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PREVIEW: Sky Blues Host Derby County This Weekend

City drew with the Rams earlier this season...

5 March 2021

The Sky Blues host Derby County at St Andrew’s on Saturday afternoon. Here’s everything you need to know about our opponents.

Fact File

Name: Derby County

Founded: 1884

Stadium: Pride Park (first opened 1997)

Capacity: 33,597

Nickname: The Rams

Address: Pride Park, Derby, DE24 8XL

Pitch Size: 115 x 74 yards

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The Opposition

Derby are currently 18th in the Championship table, two places and three points above the Sky Blues, as they look to maintain their status in the second tier.

The Rams top scorer is Colin Kazim-Richards who has scored seven goals this season, one of which came against the Sky Blues earlier this season, whilst also providing two assists.

The Derbyshire club have won just one of their last four matches and were beaten heavily away at Cardiff City in midweek leaving them six points above the relegation zone.

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Manager

Wayne Rooney was named as Derby’s permanent manager in November last year, taking on his first role in management.

The 35-year-old enjoyed a remarkable playing career, winning five Premier League titles, the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, FA Cup and three Carabao Cup’s and won a total of 16 honours during his time with Manchester United.

He also became the club’s record goalscorer with 253 goals, surpassing the likes of Bobby Charlton, Denis Law and George Best, and is England’s all-time top scorer with 53 goals in 120 international caps.

His spell at Old Trafford came in-between two stints with Everton, before spending two years with Major League Soccer side DC United.

He sensationally returned to England with Derby in January 2020 and scored five goals in 20 appearances last term as the Rams finished six points off the play-off places.

Rooney scored his only goal of the current season in his side’s 1-0 win against Norwich City in early October before taking on the manager’s job at Pride Park the following month and has lifted the club from the foot of the table and out of the relegation zone since his appointment

With Derby, Rooney has managed 23 matches recording nine wins, five draws and nine defeats.

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Last Six Games

Lost – Cardiff 4-0 Derby (Sky Bet Championship)

Drew – Derby 1-1 Nottingham Forest (Sky Bet Championship)

Won – Derby 2-0 Huddersfield (Sky Bet Championship)

Lost – Watford 2-1 Derby (Sky Bet Championship)

Won – Wycombe 1-2 Derby (Sky Bet Championship)

Won – Derby 2-1 Middlesbrough (Sky Bet Championship)

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Last Time We Met

The two sides last met earlier this season when the Sky Blues scored a late equaliser to secure a 1-1 draw at Pride Park.

City almost took the lead when Callum O’Hare looked to capitalise on Matt Clarke’s short back pass and appeared to be caught as he touched the ball beyond Derby goalkeeper David Marshall only for referee Dean Whitestone to award a goal kick.

Sky Blues keeper Ben Wilson then made a fine save to deny Max Bird the opening goal before Tyler Walker’s header from Gus Hamer’s free-kick found the back of the net only to be ruled out for offside.

Derby took the lead on 83 minutes when Colin Kazim-Richards nodded home Nathan Byrne’s cross from the right into the bottom left corner from close range.

The hosts had a chance to double their lead minutes later when some good work from Kazim-Richards who set up Jack Stretton for a strike at goal with the youngster’s effort hitting the top of the crossbar.

City equalised in injury time when Derby failed to clear a cross from the right with the ball dropping down to Hamer on the edge of the penalty area who fired a superb volley past Marshall to secure a point for Mark Robins side.

Head-to-Head Record

Sky Blues Wins – 28

Draws – 20

Derby Wins – 32

Club Connections

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Barry Powell

Midfielder Barry Powell made over 150 appearances for the Sky Blues in the 1970’s before then spending three seasons with the Rams.

Powell began his career with Wolves where he won the League Cup in 1974 and spent three seasons at Molineux before joining Portland Timbers in the United States.

After a brief spell in the US, Powell moved to the Sky Blues in September 1975 and formed a good partnership with Terry Yorath under the management of Gordon Milne.

He made 164 appearances for City over the next four seasons scoring 27 goals before making the switch to Derby in October 1979.

The midfielder made more than 80 appearances for the Rams, also taking in a loan spell back at Portland during his time with the club, before moving to Hong Kong based side Bulova.

Short stints with Burnley and Swansea City would follow, as well as a spell with South China, before returning to Wolves to finish his career.

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Stern John

The former Trinidad and Tobago international enjoyed a fine three-season stint with the Sky Blues which also took in a loan spell with Derby.

John began his professional career in the United States with Columbus Crew where he scored 44 goals in just 55 appearances to earn a move to Nottingham Forest in 1999.

After three season at Forest he was sold to Birmingham City where, after helping the club earn promotion to the top-flight, he managed nine goals in the Premier League before once again being sold after three seasons in the West Midlands, joining the Sky Blues in September 2004.

The striker hit double figures in each of his first two seasons with City, the second of which saw him make seven appearances for the Rams during a loan spell, and departed the Sky Blues having scored 29 goals in 88 appearances.

He joined Sunderland in January 2007 and helped the club gain promotion to the Premier League before moving to Southampton later that same year, enjoying a prolific first season on the South Coast.

John, who earned 115 caps international caps for his country and scored 70 goals, was loaned to Bristol City for the majority of the 2008/09 campaign before making a permanent switch to Crystal Palace where he was loaned out again this time to Ipswich Town.

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Match Officials

John Brooks will be the man in the middle on Saturday afternoon, taking charge of his 24th game of the 2020/21 season.

He last refereed the Sky Blues back in December last year when City were beaten 1-0 by Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough.

This will be Brooks’ fifth season as a Football League referee and he has officiated the Sky Blues on five previous occasions, with City winning zero, drawing one and losing four of those matches.

So far, Brooks has awarded 75 yellow cards and three red cards across 23 matches in the Championship, Emirates FA Cup and Carabao Cup.

He will be assisted by Nick Greenhalgh and Akil Howson with Karl Evans acting as fourth official.

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Match Reports

REPORT: Sky Blues 1-0 Derby County

Max Biamou's goal hands City all three points against the Rams...

6 March 2021

Max Biamou’s early goal secured an important three points for the Sky Blues against Derby County at St Andrew’s on Saturday afternoon.

The striker capitalised on a Derby mistake before breaking clean through on goal and finishing into the bottom corner to hand City a deserved victory.

City’s victory leaves them level on points with the Rams in the table and travel to Rotherham United next weekend looking to move further clear of the bottom three.

Mark Robins made two changes from the side that was beaten late on against Middlesbrough in midweek with Leo Ostigard returning from suspension and Matty James coming into midfield in place of Michael Rose and Tyler Walker whilst Matty Godden was fit enough to make the bench

The Sky Blues had the first chance of the game when Gus Hamer’s corner from the left was headed narrowly wide of the right-hand post by Ostigard.

Hamer then tried his luck from a free-kick around 20-yards from goal which was held by Rams keeper Kelle Roos.

City took the lead on 11 minutes when Biamou collected a loose pass from a Derby defender before racing through on goal and coolly finishing into the bottom left corner.

The Sky Blues had a chance to double their lead when a fine move ended with Fankaty Dabo whipping a ball across the box for Biamou who was inches away from scoring his second of the afternoon.

Derby’s first opportunity of the match came through Patrick Roberts who saw his low effort deflected behind by McFadzean.

The visitors came close to an equaliser from the resulting set-piece with Ben Wilson making an excellent save to deny Matt Clarke from close range.

City had another chance from a corner in the final few minutes of the half with Ostigard heading over the bar from around eight-yards out at the near post.

HALF-TIME: SKY BLUES 1-0 DERBY COUNTY

The Sky Blues picked up where they left off in the second period, pressing Derby high up the pitch, and created the first opportunity of the half when Sam McCallum’s long throw was flicked onto the head of Dom Hyam who saw his effort saved by Roos.

Derby countered and came close to levelling when Colin Kazim-Richards glanced a header wide of the right-hand post from six-yards out.

City then came agonisingly close to doubling their lead when a well-worked move saw Hamer set the ball back to James whose effort from 25-yards out cannoned back off the left-hand post.

The Sky Blues came forward again when Callum O’Hare played a superb lofted ball over the top for Biamou to chase with the striker taking a touch before firing a half-volley inches past the right-hand post.

City comfortably saw out the remainder of the game limiting the Rams to a couple of half-chances and will now turn their attention to next weekend’s clash with Rotherham United.

FULL-TIME: SKY BLUES 1-0 DERBY COUNTY

 

Goals: Biamou (11’)

Yellows: Clarke (9’), Hamer (30’), Buchanan (37’), Knight (49’), Kazim-Richards (57’), McCallum (88’)

 

Sky Blues XI: Ben Wilson (GK), Fankaty Dabo (Pask 74’), Leo Ostigard, Kyle McFadzean, Dom Hyam, Sam McCallum, Liam Kelly (C), Matty James, Gus Hamer (Allen 74’), Callum O’Hare (Sheaf 90’+1), Max Biamou

Unused Subs: Marko Marosi (GK), Michael Rose, Jordan Shipley, Tyler Walker, Viktor Gyokeres, Matty Godden

 

Derby County XI: Kelle Roos (GK), Nathan Byrne, Andre Wisdom (C), Matt Clarke, Lee Buchanan, Max Bird, Graham Shinnie (Watson 69’), Martyn Waghorn (Gregory 69’), Jason Knight, Patrick Roberts (Jozwiak 69’), Colin Kazim-Richards

Unused Subs: Emmanuel Okokon Idem (GK), Kornell McDonald, Craig Forsyth, George Edmundson, Teden Mengi, Louie Sibley

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