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REPORT: Derby County 1-1 Sky Blues

Finishes all square...

19 March 2022

Matty Godden's 12th goal of the season sealed a 1-1 draw against Derby County at Pride Park.

A sweet one-two move between Callum O'Hare and Matty Godden was finished off by the City striker to give Mark Robins' side the lead.

Tom Lawrence's pin-point penalty cancelled out Godden's earlier finish as the Midlands sides shared the points.

The Sky Blues withstood Derby’s fast start out of blocks and were rewarded with a Godden chance, with the skipper poking the ball towards goal, only to be denied by the outstretched Ryan Allsop. 

Ravel Morrison carved open a great chance for the Rams soon after, jinking inside and whipping a fierce effort towards the top corner, but Simon Moore’s fine save tipped away the danger.

City steadied themselves and created their next chance when Fankaty Dabo raced down the line to find Godden, but the striker’s effort was bravely shielded by two Rams defenders.

As the half hour mark approached, Callum O’Hare and Godden linked up neatly, with the move sealed by Godden’s strike nestling in the bottom corner to give the Sky Blues the lead.

After his fine assist, O’Hare looked to get in on the goal-scoring action, forcing Allsop into a save down low as City edged closer to a second of the afternoon.

HALF-TIME: Derby County 0-1 Sky Blues

Bar a few half-chances, the opening exchanges in the second half were relatively quiet in comparison to the first, until Malcom Ebiowei tested Moore from distance, but the save was routine for the City stopper.

The hosts levelled the tie midway through the forty-five when Tom Lawrence won and dispatched his penalty.

Substitute Viktor Gyökeres had the chance to restore the Sky Blues’ lead as he charge down on goal, but the shadowing run of Lee Buchanan was enough to see the Swede fire over.

Another chance fell the way of Gyökeres soon after, but Allsop made himself big to prevent City's top goalscorer from opening his account in the game.

Down the other end, Moore pulled off two spectacular free-kick saves in the final stages off the match to ensure the Sky Blues walked away with a hard-fought point.

FULL-TIME: Derby County 1-1 Sky Blues

 

Scorers: Matty Godden (27’), Tom Lawrence (67’)

Yellows: Jake Bidwell (22’), Fankaty Dabo (54’), Nathan Byrne (57’), Gustavo Hamer (65’)

Attendance: 24,264

 

Derby County XI: Ryan Allsop (GK), Nathan Byrne, Kristin Bielik, Max Bird, Tom Lawrence (C), Ravel Morrison (Louie Sibley 79’), Lee Buchanan, Malcom Ebiowei, Curtis Davies, Eiran Cashin (Festy Ebosele 61’), Liam Thompson (Luke Plange 46’).

Unused Subs: Kelle Roos (GK), Craig Forsyth, Richard Stearman, Jason Knight.

 

Sky Blues XI: Simon Moore (GK), Fankaty Dabo, Dom Hyam, Jake Clarke-Salter ( Ian Maatsen 12’), Jake Bidwell, Ben Sheaf, Gustavo Hamer, Jamie Allen, Jordan Shipley (Viktor Gyökeres 63’), Callum O'Hare (Martyn Waghorn 70’), Matty Godden (C).

Unused Subs: Ben Wilson (GK), Josh Reid, Ryan Howley, Fabio Tavares.


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