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Phillip Cocu remains to be searching for his second win as Derby County supervisor after Neil Warnock’s Cardiff Metropolis picked up a 3rd consecutive attract an entertaining encounter at Pleasure Park that would have gone both means.
After final season’s run to the Championship play-offs below Frank Lampard, Cocu took over a membership with raised expectations however the victory at Huddersfield within the first match of the brand new season stays his solely success in seven makes an attempt so far.
A scare that prompted a quickly-reversed stadium evacuation half an hour earlier than kick-off – reportedly after some flares had been found in a concourse space – preceded a full of life opening to the motion on the sphere that noticed Derby in entrance after six minutes and a Cardiff equaliser by the 19th.
Scott Malone, as soon as a Cardiff participant and restored at left-back within the Derby line-up after a Three-Zero defeat at Brentford earlier than the worldwide break, gave Cocu’s facet their early benefit after a flurry of purpose makes an attempt and blocks culminated in a save by goalkeeper Alex Smithies from a Tom Huddlestone effort earlier than Martyn Waghorn scooped a unfastened ball again throughout purpose for his teammate to stab house.
Tright here have been appeals for handball by Waghorn within the build-up however referee Darren England was not moved. It was the beginning Cocu had hoped for after 5 matches with out a win however Cardiff, who have been lacking striker Lee Tomlin attributable to whiplash accidents sustained in a street accident, rapidly examined a Derby defence wherein Matt Clarke was recalled in one other change, and a penalty conceded by captain Richard Keogh allowed the guests to attract stage.
It got here moments after Derby felt they need to have had a penalty towards Sean Morrison for bringing down Waghorn. Robert Glatzel, Neil Warnock’s £5.5 million summer season signing from German second-tier membership Heidenheim, each gained the penalty and transformed it, thumping the ball into the right-hand nook for his first Cardiff purpose.
There was an expansive move to the sport however as a lot as Derby have been stuffed with motion going ahead they appeared shaky at occasions on the again and Krystian Bielik, the previous Arsenal midfielder who signed for Cocu in August, was near an personal purpose as a careless interception of a protracted throw spun simply vast of Kelle Roos’s left-hand put up.
Derby have been near restoring their lead twice early within the second half, Jack Marriott hitting the bar with a left-foot shot from 20 yards after Cardiff gave him area to set himself, earlier than Smithies made a positive save to disclaim Waghorn because the busy striker compelled a gap.
Waghorn went shut once more as Derby started to use sustained strain, to which Warnock responded with a double change on the flanks, sending on Junior Hoilett and Nathaniel Mendez-Laing. A sloppy go by Keogh let in Leandro Bacuna however the midfielder couldn’t beat Roos.
Warnock’s transfer prompted a greater spell from Cardiff, with Hoilett posing a brand new menace specifically. One other Derby error, this time by Matt Clarke, allowed Mendez-Laing to interrupt, leading to an opportunity for Callum Paterson however Clarke’s teammate Max Lowe did sufficient to forestall a strike on course. Huddleston then managed to dispossess Hoilett simply because the Canadian lined-up a shot after a Malone giveaway.
In a end to the match as full of life as the beginning, Tom Lawrence wasted an opportunity for Derby with a free kick over the bar and Clarke cleared a Glatzel header from below his personal bar.
Derby County (Four-2-1-Three): Roos; Lowe, Keogh, Clarke, Malone; Huddlestone, Bielik; Holmes (Jozefzoon 80); Waghorn, Marriott (Martin 85), Lawrence.
Substitutes not used: Hamer (g), Paterson, Dowell, Davies, Knight
Bookings: Keogh, Lawrence.
Cardiff Metropolis (Four-1-Four-1): Smithies; Peltier, Morrison, Flint, Bennett; Bacuna; Whyte (Mendez-Laing 60), Paterson, Ralls, Murphy (Hoilett 60); Glatzel (Bogle 88).
Substitutes not used: Day (g), Vaulks, Vassell, Nelson.
Bookings: Peltier, Flint.
Referee: Darren England (South Yorkshire)
Attendance: 25, 873.