20.09.2014… Derby v Cardiff…

Derby County 2 Cardiff City 2

The iPro Stadium…

Saturday September 20th… 3pm…

Attendance: 27,251

Ticket: £32 – Programme: £3

Derby County versus managerless Cardiff City…

A chance to watch a game as a neutral observer, although black and white always takes preference. A stress free afternoon after last weekend’s trip to Southampton…

The Ground…

Only my second ever visit to Pride Park, sorry, the iPro Stadium, and my first since Boxing Day 1997. It’s definitely bedded in over the intervening years (all 17 of them, scary) but suffers from the same curse as a number of other modern grounds, i.e. location, being stuck in the middle of an industrial estate…

Looks good on the inside (a fantastic choice of seat colours), a situation helped by the fact that it was almost full, with the exception of a few small gaps in the corners. The atmosphere was pretty good too, especially during the second half. The Derby fans really got going after the interval whilst the Cardiff fans were noisy throughout…

A small observation… not too keen on the level of sponsorship, numerous hoardings attached to the outside of the ground as well as announcements during the game stating ‘substitutions sponsored by…’, ‘goal time sponsored by…’. A little bit too much for me but I guess that’s just the nature of the modern game at all levels…

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Outside the iPro Stadium…

The Game…

Derby dominated the first half, without some great goalkeeping from David Marshall the game could have been over by half time. The general expectation was that Derby would kick on in the second half and win the game rather comfortably, it didn’t happen…

Within ten minutes of the restart they were 2 goals down. The first came from a hooked effort by Aron Gunnarsson from the edge of the six yard box following a corner; the second, a rocket shot from 15 yards to the top right from Peter Whittingham…

Substitute Jordon Ibe got one back for Derby from close range soon after coming on, gradually the noise and the Derby pressure began to build. With 6 minutes left Johnny Russell fired in an equaliser from 20 yards out, via the post, and the comeback was complete. Derby could have won it in the time remaining but, even taking the first half into consideration, it would have been harsh on Cardiff…

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Inside the iPro Stadium…

In summary, a great game played out in front of a large and noisy crowd, and one that could have gone either way. It’s good to see that despite the best efforts of the Premier League, the Championship is still in a healthy place; and given the likelihood that it’s where we’re going to be playing next season, that’s definitely good to know…

Derby County; Grant, Keogh, Whitbread, Christie, Forsyth, Hughes, Eustace (Best 59), Bryson, Martin, Ward (Russell 79), Dawkins (Ibe 53) Not Used; Naylor, Roos, Shotton, Mascarell

Goals; Ibe (61), Russell (84)

Cardiff City; Marshall, Ecuele Manga, Brayford, Ralls, Connolly, Gunnarsson (YC) (Maynard 72), Pilkington, Noone (Le Fondre 63), Whittingham (YC), Adeyemi, Jones Not Used; John, Daehli, Javi Guerra, Moore, Morrison

Goals; Gunnarsson (51), Whittingham (55)

As usual, More pictures on flickr…

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