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Match Preview | Cardiff City vs. Derby County

29 September 2017

Cardiff City host Derby County at CCS this Saturday, four days after the Bluebirds' terrific 3-1 victory over Leeds United.

Derby County are on the road again as they travel to South Wales for their second away game in a week, while City are looking to uphold their impressive unbeaten status at CCS so far this season.

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What to expect from the Rams…

Gary Rowett’s side have had a mixed start to the season, with three wins, three draws and three losses in their first nine fixtures. However, they haven’t won a league fixture since they emphatically dispatched Hull City 5-0 at Pride Park back at the beginning of September.

The Rams are currently 15th in the Sky Bet Championship table, and have had draws with Brentford and Birmingham City – while shipping seven goals in defeats to Barnsley and Bristol City. That most recent draw with Brentford saw Rowett’s team concede an 86th minute equaliser following Joe Ledley’s opener on his debut for the club.

The Rams have a huge array of attacking talents within their ranks, with former City loanee Tom Lawrence making a good start to his Derby career following his move from Leicester City.

Matêj Vydra is another who has impressed for Saturday’s visitors. The Czech Republic international has scored five goals so far in this campaign, and has been Derby’s stand out forward player. The 25 year-old has also made 19 senior appearances for his country, scoring on five occasions.

Veteran striker David Nugent joined the Rams in January. 143 goals in his15-year senior career highlights his quality when leading in attack.

In the hot seat…

Rowett has had three managerial jobs since hanging up his boots in 2007. The 43 year-old took over at Burton Albion in 2012 guiding them to the Play-Off Semi-Final and Final in consecutive seasons.

In October 2014, he took over at Birmingham City – for whom he had made over 80 appearances in his playing career – helping them climb out of the relegation zone and achieve a 10th place finish in his first season.

Playing as a defender, Rowett made 380 appearances for eight clubs including all three clubs he has managed, scoring 22 goals from the centre of defence.

Previous meetings…

The Bluebirds were victorious in the last meeting between the two sides at Pride Park last season. An astonishing comeback from Warnock’s men saw them come back from 3-1 down to win 4-3, with a last minute Joe Ralls penalty turning out to be the decisive winner.

City also ran out winners when the record attendance at CCS was broken in April 2016. Just over 28 and a half thousand fans saw Stuart O’Keefe and Bruno Ecuele Manga score either side of Chris Martin’s goal to secure the three points.

Club connections…

Current City midfielder Craig Bryson is on-loan from Saturday’s opponents and will not be available for selection on Saturday.

Peter Whittingham spent time on loan at Derby in 2005, before moving to the Welsh capital two years later to begin his decade with the Bluebirds.

Former Bluebird Joe Ledley has also recently signed for the Rams, and will return to his hometown on Saturday afternoon.

Other players to play for both clubs include Robert Earnshaw, Kenny Miller, John Brayford and City stopper Lee Camp.

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Match Report | Cardiff City 0-0 Derby County

The Bluebirds are held by the Rams at CCS ahead of the international break...

30 September 2017

Cardiff City were forced to settle for a share of the spoils with Derby County, as the Bluebirds' unbeaten home league record continued.

Junior Hoilett had the first real opportunity after sixteen minutes, forcing a fine top-corner save from Scott Carson. On the other wing, Nathaniel Mendez-Laing was showing no mercy towards his opposite number Craig Forsyth, twisting and turning past the left back at every opportunity. On the counter, Kenneth Zohore looked lively as ever, forcing Curtis Davies and Richard Keogh into some last ditch defending.

Despite the attacking intentions of the home team, clear-cut chances were hard to come by in the first half. Just as the first ticked into injury time Loïc Damour came closest for City. He won the ball back on the edge of the Derby box before firing just wide with a low effort, bringing the half to a close with the score goalless.

The Bluebirds started the second half in good fashion, forcing a corner which Sean Morrison headed wide of goal. Another corner from the other side five minutes later was met by Sol Bamba, whose header rested on the top of the net. Mendez-Laing also came close during a spell of intense Cardiff pressure, firing wide with a near-post effort.

That chance seemed to awake the visiting side, who had their first real opportunity through Tom Huddlestone. A swift counter attack found former Bluebird Tom Lawrence, who teed up the midfielder on the edge of box. His drive was blocked by Lee Peltier, deflecting away for a corner.

The game exploded into life on the hour mark, with both sides creating great chances. A Derby break down the left flank ended with a looping Forsyth cross, which rebounded against the far post. Johnny Russell’s attempt on the rebound was blocked by Bruno Ecuele Manga. The Bluebirds instantly burst forward with a counter attack of their own; Mendez-Laing skilfully beating his man before seeing his shot deflected wide.

As the match entered the final twenty minutes, both sides stepped up their efforts for an opener. The introduction of Lee Tomlin gave the Bluebirds an alternative attacking outlet, and it was the number seven who set up Joe Ralls for a stinging low drive which fizzed wide of the far post.

From a free-kick, Morrison knocked down to Hoilett who fired wide, whilst Bradley Johnson blazed over at the other end. Then, a Tomlin free kick was again met by City skipper Morrison, only for his effort to be hacked away. An identical situation minutes later resulted in another header, which rose over the crossbar.

In the first of four minutes of injury time, substitute David Nugent had a golden opportunity for the Rams. Slipped through by Chris Martin, the attacker fired at Neil Etheridge from close range, with the Cardiff keeper making a fine reflex save. The referee’s whistle ended an entertaining second half, with neither side able to break the deadlock despite some great attacking play. The result keeps the Bluebirds at the top of the Sky Bet Championship ahead of the international break.

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