Butterfield (Bryson) and Anya (Camara, out for personal reasons). Cardiff were unchanged from the
team that won at Leeds.
Carson – Baird, Keogh, Pearce, Olsson – Hughes, De Sart, Butterfield – Ince, Bent, Anya
Mitchell, Christie, Shackell, Russell, Johnson, Blackman, Nugent
Unlike recent games, Derby started as if they meant it. With six minutes gone, a miskicked Cardiff
clearance gifted Derby a corner, which Ince took, Pearce headed, the keeper parried, and De Sart
scored his first goal for Derby. Cardiff responded at once and won a corner at the other end. On 17
minutes a good Derby attack from Hughes and Ince led to Bent poaching a goal, his 6th in 6 games.
Carson had to make a couple of good saves as Cardiff tried to get a foothold in the game. At the
other end Anya tormented the visitors’ defence. A great ball from De Sart split the defence and
Ince beat the tacklers but the keeper made a fine save. Hughes also had a chance but his shot
was deflected. After 35 minutes, the Rams decided to take a breather, kept losing the ball carelessly,
and Cardiff took advantage. A looping shot by Kadeem Harris on 41 minutes beat Carson to reduce
HT Derby 2-1
Straight after the start, Cardiff levelled when Kadeem Harris scored again after the Derby defence
failed to deal with a long throw into the box. The visitors were sharper and quicker, winning more of
the ball as Derby’s midfield backed off and gave them more room to play, making it easy for them.
On 57 minutes Craig Noone scored a good goal, giving Carson no chance, and Cardiff took the lead.
Moments later, a timely tackle by De Sart stopped another dangerous attack. Cardiff broke fast after
a Derby corner but wasted their chance, and Butterfield narrowly missed his chance at the other end.
Nugent and Russell replaced Hughes and Baird in a 4-2-4 formation on 66 minutes.
Another long throw led to another free header for Cardiff but it wasn’t good enough to beat Carson.
A fine corner by Butterfield gave Russell the chance of a headed goal but it was cleared off the line.
On 74 minutes, Olsson won the ball and provided a superb cross which Bent headed powerfully to bring
Derby level. Derby pressed more towards the end but didn’t create good chances. In the 90th minute,
Pearce conceded a penalty and Cardiff took the lead again. Blackman replaced Butterfield in extra time.
Derby 3-4 Cardiff
After the poor start to the season, Derby couldn’t afford to waste chances to make ground on our
rivals by dropping points in games against weaker teams. We still have to play six teams that are above
us in the table. This loss saw Derby drop from 8th to 11th place and 8 points off the playoffs.