Derby County 1:0 Leicester City
The difference between Derby and Leicester in Saturday’s East Midlands derby was a split second lack of concentration from City goalkeeper Chris Weale, whose error settled the game in favour of the Rams…
Nigel Pearson made three changes to his side with Powell, Brown and Kermorgant in for Solano, McGivern and Gallagher.
There was a tight opening to a game that was short on entertainment, but Derby were handed a gift-wrapped opener in the 19th minute. King intercepted a Derby move and passed a straightforward ball back to Weale.
The City keeper took his eye off the ball at the vital moment and it rolled straight past him and into the net, to the delight of the home crowd.
City almost responded straight away when Dyer’s quickly taken free-kick set up King, but Bywater saved and the linesman’s flag was up.
City’s best chance came just before the break when a crossfield run from Wellens ended with a well struck 25 yarder being tipped round the left hand post by Bywater.
Derby had the first chance of the second half when Leacock’s cross from the right was palmed out by Weale to Savage, who could not react swiftly enough to do any damage.
Porter then fired a shot on the turn but the ball went straight into Weale’s chest.
Another driving run from Leacock set Porter up but he fired narrowly over from the edge of the penalty area.
Pearson swapped his strike partnership on the hour with Howard and Gallagher on for Waghorn and Kermorgant.
Wellens then missed a long range effort on goal with Bywater out of his ground and Oakley’s driven cross through a crowded goalmouth saw King clear the bar.
N’Guessan then came on for Oakley and raised City’s game. The Frenchman’s run down the left saw him beat his marker with ease before delivering a cross that was nodded out for a corner. From Gallagher’s flag kick the ball fell for Morrison 6 yards out but his goalward stab went straight at Bywater.
Hulse almost doubled the Rams’ lead heading over from a good position, but the home side had done enough to ease their relegation fears.
City’s play off prospects were not looking quite so comfortable after a terrible week, however.
Derby: Bywater, Leacock, McEveley, Anderson, Barker, Tonge, Savage, Green, Pearson, Porter, Davies (Hulse 64 ). Subs Not Used: Deeney, Hunt, Moxey, Cywka, Martin, Sunu.
Leicester: Weale, Brown, Powell, Hobbs, Morrison, Andy King, Dyer, Oakley ( N’Guessan 75), Wellens, Kermorgant (Gallagher 62), Waghorn ( Howard 63). Subs Not Used: Logan, Solano, Adams, Spearing.
Referee: C Webster (Tyne & Wear). Attendance: 30,259.