Derby County 0:1 Leicester City
A strike from Neil Danns proved to be the difference between the two sides as City beat Derby at Pride Park on Thursday night, though the margin should have been greater…
Nigel Pearson made one change to his side with Konchesky in for Kennedy, and no place for Mills on the bench.
City carried on where they left off at Norwich, putting in a superb first half performance against a Derby side on a poor run.
Danns appeared to have adopted a shoot-on-sight policy and his first effort forced an awkward parry from Fielding in the Rams’ goal.
City were in control despite Derby’s efforts to close them down and took a 16th minute lead on the break.
Konchesky came out of defence with the ball and fed Dyer on the left. His burst of pace took him past Green and his low cross found Danns coming in at the far post for a well-controlled volley that defeated Fielding.
Danns, given too much room by Derby, fired in several long range efforts after that, but Barker deflected one and Fielding managed to tip two away at full stretch. Try as they might City couldn’t extend their lead before half-time, while Derby were struggling to string three passes together, to the frustration of the home crowd.
The second half saw Derby improve, and an early chance saw Morgan slicing a Roberts cross dangerously near to his own goal.
City should have gone further ahead when Nugent neatly controlled a Marshall cross and found himself clear in front of goal but he hurried his effort wide when he had more time than he realised.
Morgan & Co in City’s defence were getting busier, though Schmeichel was still hardly getting a touch, though they had too much for Green and Tyson who could not find a way through.
At the other end Beckford’s persistence provided him with a shot from an acute angle which Fielding blocked.
Bamba came on for a limping Peltier to help defend the lead and although Derby built up a bit of pressure and forced a series of corners City looked just as likely to score and they hit the woodwork three times in the latter stages.
Nugent got his head to a Marshall corner but Fielding managed to tip it onto the bar; and then Dyer cutting in from the left managed to hit the post and bar within a second.
Fortunately City didn’t pay for their profligacy in front of goal, Dann’s effort being enough to wrap up their fourth consecutive victory against Derby and delight the noisy away following.
Derby: Fielding, Green, Barker, Shackell, Roberts, Carroll, Hendrick, Bryson (Robinson 81), Ward, Tyson, Ball (Davies 76). Unused Subs: Buxton, Legzdins, Naylor.
Leicester: Schmeichel, Peltier (Bamba 72), Morgan, St Ledger, Konchesky, Marshall (Drinkwater 79), Danns, Wellens, Dyer, Nugent, Beckford (Delfouneso 72). Unused Subs: Howard, Kennedy.
Referee: Simon Hooper (Wiltshire).Attendance: 28,205.