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24 April 2018 Venue Pride Park Stadium Attendance

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Match Previews

Match Preview: Derby County vs. Cardiff City

The Bluebirds hit the road on Tuesday evening…

23 April 2018

Cardiff City travel to Pride Park and are in front of the Sky Sports cameras for their penultimate away fixture as they look to build on their superb 2-1 win over Nottingham Forest.

Derby County host their second contest in a row following their 2-1 defeat against Middlesbrough on Saturday afternoon - their third straight defeat - seeing them remain a point off the play-off places.

What to expect from the Rams…

Derby currently occupy seventh position in the table, 18 points behind the Bluebirds going into Tuesday’s fixture.

They have 18 wins to their name this season, including over the likes of Brentford, Aston Villa and most recently, Preston North End. However, three consecutive defeats against Wolverhampton Wanderers, Burton Albion and Boro have seen the Rams drop out of the play-off spots in recent weeks.

Striker Matěj Vydra has been one of Derby’s standout players in the current campaign, scoring 20 goals in all competitions. The Czech Republic international’s latest strike came in Derby’s 3-0 win over Bolton Wanderers at the beginning of April, seeing him currently three games without a goal.

Former Bluebird loanee Tom Lawrence has also been an important figure for the Rams since his move from Leicester City in the summer. The Welshman tops the assist charts for his club, setting up his teammates on seven occasions and netting five times himself.

In the hot seat…

Derby is Gary Rowett’s third job since his managerial career began in 2012. Starting out at Burton Albion, the 44 year-old began as an assistant manager before being made permanent boss in May of that year.

The former defender then took the reins of another of his former sides - Birmingham City – and guided them to safety in his first season at St Andrews.

Three months after he was let go by Blues, Rowett was appointed Derby manager in March last year and directed them to a ninth place finish in 2016/17.

Previous meetings…

The last meeting between the two sides ended in a 0-0 draw at Cardiff City Stadium in September, the first goalless encounter since 1982.

Meanwhile, in our April 2016 meeting in the Welsh capital a then CCS Club record attendace of 28,680 saw City win 2-1, thanks to goals from Bruno Ecuele Manga and Stuart O'Keefe.

On our last visit to Pride Park, a final-minute Joe Ralls penalty combined with a Kadeem Harris brace and a Craig Noone stunner saw City complete a superb comeback to win 4-3.

Club connections…

Craig Bryson is currently on loan from Tuesday’s opponents, and won’t be available for selection at Pride Park.

Peter Whittingham and Joe Ledley have also represented both sides, with Ledley currently on the books in the Midlands and Whittingham spending the second-half of the 2005/06 season on loan with the Rams, making 11 appearances.

Other players to play for both sides include the aforementioned Lawrence, Robert Earnshaw, Cameron Jerome, John Brayford and Kenny Miller.

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Match Reports

Match Report: Derby County 3-1 Cardiff City

24 April 2018

Cardiff City slipped to a 3-1 defeat on Tuesday evening as Derby County came from behind at Pride Park.

Callum Paterson’s superb first-half volley put the Bluebirds ahead, before three second-half goals for the hosts turned things around.

As a result, City remain one point ahead of third place as they travel to Hull City on Saturday afternoon.

Neil Warnock’s team sheet included four changes from Saturday’s 2-1 win over Nottingham Forest, with Paterson, Sol Bamba, Jamie Ward and Gary Madine coming into the starting line-up.

City put in a fine first-half performance in front of a 2,895-strong contingent of travelling fans.

They twice threatened through Madine, who looked to have been pulled back as he reached for the ball at the far post, while Junior Hoilett also went close with a volley.

At the other end, the Bluebirds had to call upon Neil Etheridge to keep the Rams out, as he came off his line quickly to thwart Tom Lawrence.

The breakthrough came just before the half-hour mark as Callum Paterson, who was occupying a more defensive berth at Pride Park, got forward in support. He showed his attacking instincts - anticipating Hoilett’s cross and rifling a fantastic volley home with the outside of his boot.

Joe Ralls came close to stretching the Bluebirds’ lead before the break, while Lawrence saw his free-kick strike the wall following the restart.

The home side then managed to build up more pressure in the City half, and got their reward when Cameron Jerome turned home an equaliser from close range.

With the wind now in Derby’s sails, City struggled to regain a foothold in the game and, despite chances for Sol Bamba and Madine, soon fell behind to Matěj Vydra’s strike following a defensive error.

With men forward in search of a leveller, Jerome broke to score his second in the final minute of regular time - rounding off a frustrating night for the Bluebirds at Pride Park.

City remain in second place in the Sky Bet Championship going into their matches against Hull City at the KCOM Stadium and Reading at CCS.

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Ticket News

Away Days - Ticket News: Derby County vs. Cardiff City

6 March 2018

Tuesday, 24th April 2018 @ Pride Park. KO: 7:45pm.

Ticket Update

  • Away Tickets for this match have now sold out!

Original Ticket Details

Tickets available to current Season Ticket Holders and Gold Members.

Seating Ticket Prices

Adults: £10.00

Seniors 65 & Over: £10.00

U18: £10.00

2-12yrs: £10.00

Disabled Allocation

Prices as stated above + Carer Ticket Free of Charge.

Please be advised: There will be Concession checks for all supporters entering the stadium. Any supporters found attempting to gain entry using a ticket of an age band that is deemed not correct for that individual, will have their match ticket confiscated and will be required to purchase a new adult ticket at full matchday price. Any child aged 13 & under must be accompanied by someone aged 18 or above, and children aged under 2 years will not be permitted entry to the stadium.


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