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'Poor service' made life tough for Derby County record signing...

'Poor service' made life tough for Derby County record signing...

Poor service made it tough for Derby County's record signing Matej Vydra in his first start in five matches, according to manager Steve McClaren. Vydra was recalled to the side against Wigan Athletic at the DW Stadium after hamstring trouble ruled out Darren Bent. Vydra played as the focal point of the attack in a 4-3-3 as the Rams beat Wigan 1-0 thanks to a header from midfielder Bradley Johnson. MATCH VERDICT: Wigan Athletic 0-1 Derby County Matej fought well and worked tirelessly...
Half-time: Derby County v Wigan Athletic

Half-time: Derby County v Wigan Athletic

Bradley Johnson was on target again to give Derby County a 1-0 lead at half-time in Saturday's Sky Bet Championship clash with Wigan Athletic.Johnson, who hit the winner against former club Norwich City last weekend, headed the Rams in front after 16 minutes at the DW Stadium.The visitors might have extended their lead before the break but Johnny Russell was denied by the woodwork.Steve McClaren was forced to make two changes to his starting line-up.Darren Bent (hamstring) and Max Lowe (groin)...
Derby County team news: Rams boss forced to make two changes for...

Derby County team news: Rams boss forced to make two changes for...

Derby County manager Steve McClaren has been forced to make two changes to his side for Saturday's Sky Bet Championship clash with Wigan Athletic at the DW Stadium (3pm).Darren Bent (hamstring) and Max Lowe (groin) both miss out due to injury, so club record signing Matej Vydra is recalled up front, while Marcus Olsson comes in at left-back.It is Vydra's first start since the Rams' 1-0 defeat at Huddersfield Town on October 22.LIVE: Wigan Athletic v Derby CountyOlsson's previous start was in the...
Key moments: Derby County 1-0 Norwich City

Key moments: Derby County 1-0 Norwich City

Derby County beat Norwich City 1-0 at Pride Park in Saturday's Sky Bet Championship showdown. Here, chief football writer Steve Nicholson picks out the game's key moments... FIRST HALF 16 mins: First effort of the game on target comes from Derby. Johnny Russell's raking pass finds Darren Bent who feeds Tom Ince and his drive is parried by John Ruddy. 31 mins: Jacob Butterfield's shot deflects off Norwich defender Sebastien Bassong and almost catches out Ruddy, who reacts to gather the...
Let's not give out-of-form Norwich any encouragement, urges Derby...

Let's not give out-of-form Norwich any encouragement, urges Derby...

Darren Bent has urged Derby County not to give out-of-form Norwich City any cause for encouragement at Pride Park. The two promotion-chasing sides go into Saturday's Sky Bet Championship showdown in contrasting form. While the Rams have won three games in a row, Norwich have lost their past four league matches. Canaries boss Alex Neil is under pressure, though his side still occupy a play-off spot. READ MORE: Bent wants to build on impressive record under McClarenAnd Bent knows the East...
Derby County ace Tom Ince 'one of the best players in the...

Derby County ace Tom Ince 'one of the best players in the...

Tom Ince is currently one of the best players in the Sky Bet Championship, according to team-mate Darren Bent. Ince has hit a rich vein of form for the Rams, scoring four goals in his past two matches. The forward has been rejuvenated following Steve McClaren's return to the club. READ MORE: Ince hails Bent's 'killer instinct'He has linked up effectively with Bent, who has also netted in successive games to help record three wins in a row. Incey's playing really well at the moment and...
Mac backs Rams' record signing; Max Lowe is Derby's lucky charm

Mac backs Rams' record signing; Max Lowe is Derby's lucky charm

He may have lost his place to Darren Bent but Derby County manager Steve McClaren is backing Rams record signing Matej Vydra. Vydra made nine consecutive starts and scored two goals following his £8.5m-plus move from Watford days before the summer transfer window closed. Bent has been preferred in attack with Vydra having to settle for a place on the bench in recent weeks.However, McClaren believes that the Czech international can be a dangerous player for the...
Stats show that Derby County striker delivers for Steve McClaren

Stats show that Derby County striker delivers for Steve McClaren

It is no surprise to see Darren Bent leading the line for Derby County given how he has delivered goals for Steve McClaren in the past.Eyebrows were raised when McClaren named his starting XI ahead of the home game against Sheffield Wednesday late last month.He brought in Bent, who had started just one league game in more than two months, and dropped club record signing Matej Vydra to the bench.Vydra had made only nine appearances since he arrived from Watford for a reported fee of £8.5m...
Video: Watch the goals from Derby County's 3-0 victory over...

Video: Watch the goals from Derby County's 3-0 victory over...

You can watch all the goals and key moments from Derby County's victory over Rotherham United in the video highlights package above. The Rams ran out comfortable 3-0 winners at Pride Park on Saturday as they notched up their third victory in a row. Tom Ince netted twice for Steve McClaren's men, who have climbed into the top half of the Sky Bet Championship table, while Darren Bent was also on target. PICTURES: Derby County 3-0 Rotherham United - match actionInce opened the scoring after a...
It should have been more, says Derby County boss Steve McClaren

It should have been more, says Derby County boss Steve McClaren

Derby County scored three against Rotherham United - but it should have been more, according to the Rams boss.Tom Ince netted twice for Steve McClaren's side against the Championship strugglers. Darren Bent added a third.But Ince missed a penalty that would have made it 4-0 to Derby - his second spot-kick miss of the afternoon. Earlier he was denied by Lee Camp but managed to score from the rebound.McClaren said: I'm very pleased with the result. It should have been more but I think that...
Half-time: Ince, Bent on target for Derby County against...

Half-time: Ince, Bent on target for Derby County against...

Goals from Tom Ince and Darren Bent put Derby County 2-0 up at half-time in Saturday's Sky Bet Championship clash with Rotherham United.Ince opened the scoring after 15 minutes after his penalty had initially been saved by former Rams keeper Lee Camp.Four minutes later, Bent added a second with a fine finish to put Steve McClaren's men firmly in control at the break.McClaren made just the one enforced change to his side following the 3-2 win at Wolves a fortnight earlier, Chris Baird getting the...
Derby County: Keeper makes England debut; Darren Bent sends out a...

Derby County: Keeper makes England debut; Darren Bent sends out a...

It was a memorable night for Derby County goalkeeper Jonathan Mitchell last night as he made his first start for England Under-21s. Mitchell, who is 21, played in the 3-2 defeat by France in Paris. Celtic's Moussa Dembele scored twice for the host nation. The young shot-stopper joined the Rams in the summer of 2014 after he was released by Newcastle United. He made his professional debut in an FA Cup third-round tie against Hartlepool United in January this year and helped the Rams to a...
'We're hitting form at the right time' says Derby County striker

'We're hitting form at the right time' says Derby County striker

Darren Bent reckons Derby County could be getting ready to peak at just the right time this season.The Rams are recovering from a disappointing start to the campaign, which saw them slip into the Championship relegation zone and cost manager Nigel Pearson his job.Since Steve McClaren returned for a second spell in charge, Derby have doubled their season's points tally in the space of five games (picking up 10 points).In the past couple of seasons, the Rams have been well-placed for promotion,...
VOTE: Is Darren Bent's goal for Derby the best in Championship so...

VOTE: Is Darren Bent's goal for Derby the best in Championship so...

Darren Bent's goal for Derby County in the 3-2 win at Wolverhampton Wanderers is one of the best so far this season in the Football League. That is according to viewers of Sky Sports, who have been voting for their top strikes of the campaign after 16 games. Those in the running for EFL Goal of the Season so far include Bent's sublime volley at Molineux, Steve Sidwell's long-range effort for Brighton against Bristol City on Saturday and a great effort from Carlisle United's Luke Joyce in...
Video: Watch all the goals - including Darren Bent's stunner -...

Video: Watch all the goals - including Darren Bent's stunner -...

Watch all the goals from Derby County's thrilling victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers in the match highlights video above. The Rams claimed a 3-2 win in an entertaining Sky Bet Championship encounter at Molineux on Saturday. Tom Ince gave Steve McClaren's men an early lead before Darren Bent added a stunning second - firing an unstoppable volley past Andy Lonergan from Will Hughes' superb pass. PICTURES: Wolves 2-3 Derby County - match actionBent revealed afterwards that it was one of the...

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