Another game, another defeat. A goal from Darren Ambrose ten minutes after half time condemned Derby to their fourth straight defeat, and sees them continue to drop down the Championship table.
James Vaughan came in for his debut alongside Rob Hulse with Dean Leacock replacing the ill Shaun Barker, the Rams started well with loanee Vaughan looking lively but they could just not get the goal they needed. Palace started to come back into the game and tested Stephen Bywater on a couple of occasions. In the 55th minute Ambrose nipped in behind the Derby defence to latch onto a looping header to put the hosts in front. Derby came back into the game and were unlucky not to equalise, Speroni saving from Hulse and Commons. Palace held onto their lead and secured their first home win of the season.
Nigel Clough was particularly unhappy with the referee’s decision to turn down a penalty appeal when Commons was fouled in the box in the last minute, the challenge meant Derby ended the game with 10 men as Commons was stretchered off. Clough said,
“I thought we created the two best chances of the game and thought we had an absolute blatant penalty in the 92nd minute. Anywhere else on the pitch, a late tackle on Kris Commons, and he the referee gives a foul. When you have seen a player taken off on a stretcher after he’s had a shot, I don’t think there’s any argument that that can be a fair challenge.”
Derby’s next game is at home against Bristol City on Saturday, lets hope that this dreadful run will come to an end.
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