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10 December 2022

Match Reports


10 December 2022

VICTOR Adeboyejo was Albion's hero as his twelfth goal of the season secured a 1-1 draw with Derby County.

The striker was in the right place at the right time to help the ball across the line as Derby failed to clear a corner and maintained Albion's unbeaten home record over their rivals from up the A38.

It had looked like being a frustrating afternoon as Albion trailed to a first half header from former striker James Collins and then missed good chances to equalise before Adeboyejo finally struck for a well earned point, Albion's fourth in a row in the League.

Looking to get a much needed win Albion showed just a single change to the side that returned from Stadium MK with a point last weekend. Returning to an attacking front three, Joe Dodoo was restored to the attack as Everton loanee Tyler Onyango dropped to the bench. Having gone with a back three against the Dons last weekend it was back to a four man defence for the visit of the Rams, Cameron Borthwick-Jackson adjusting to play in a midfield role as opposed to wing back.

Former Brewers loan striker James Collins was quickly on the hunt for a goal against his former side rising inside the box to send a header comfortably wide of Ben Garratt's goal and the Rams continued to press with Louie Sibley working his way across the area before curling a right footed effort wide of goal.

Albion began to settle and a period of pressure brought a succession of set pieces in an around the Derby penalty area but Joe Wildsmith in the Derby goal was well protected by his defence.

In what was a tight game it was the Rams who hit the front midway through the half. Sibley's initial cross from the right was repelled but came back out to Conor Hourihane ands delivery was better, finding the head of COLLINS who sent a looping header over Garratt and under the crossbar.

David McGoldrick hit a speculative effort well wide as Derby quickly sought a second before things opened up for Albion on the counter, Dodoo released into the box by Victor Adeboyejo only to see his effort blocked and as Albion kept the pressure on, Terry Taylor's deep cross was headed down and goal wards by John Brayford, Wildsmith making a good reaction save low to his right.

Derby continued to threaten and Lewis Dobbin was afforded too much room on the edge of the box to get his shot away, Albion relieved to see his effort fly well over the goal.

Just after the half hour mark it was Wildsmith again to the rescue of the visitors as Brayford was invited to run in to space ands thump a 25-yard effort towards the bottom corner only for the Derby stopper to go away to his right and shovel it behind for a corner.

Both McGoldrick and Hourihane lashed efforts well off target as the half nudged towards half time and although Albion finished the half on top it was the Rams who headed into the break in front.

Half time: Burton Albion 0-1 Derby County

Both sides made a change at the start of the second half with Onyango replacing Borthwick-Jackson and Derby replacing Sibley with Hayden Roberts who promptly earned the game's first yellow card for a foul on Dodoo.

Derby then broke quickly from a Burton attack and Dobbin was able to run from his own half but as Corrie Ndaba got back to him the Everton man lacked composure with his finish firing well off target.

Wildsmith had to come to Derby's aid again on 54 minutes when Onyango fired on goal from the edge of the box and as Albion were able to maintain the pressure Hughes crossed to the back post where Ndaba headed wide a very good chance of a Brewers leveller.

It was a very even game at this stage and Albion were agonisingly close to drawing level when Kamwa found space on the left and after cutting in floated a ball across goal that dropped just wide of the far post.

Onyango tried to make a typical burst through the middle but was dragged back by Cashin who went straight into referee Eltringham's book. It presented a good chance to test the Rams defence but Taylor's neat pass into the overlapping Ndaba was lashed wide of goal.

Adeboyejo finally got a sight of goal on 79 minutes but having got his shot away it was Derby substitute Curtis Davies that managed to get a block in. Taylor's corner was helped into the danger by Ndaba after Cashin had headed it up in the air and ADEBOYEJO applied the finishing touch to put Albion level.

Garratt produced a brave save in the final minute of normal time whipping a low cross off the toe of substitute Will Osula as the Sheffield United loanee looked set to pounce.

It was the last chance of a breathless game as both sides had to settle for a share of the spoils on a day that local fans had been looking forward to since the fixture list was published.

ALBION: Garratt; Brayford, Hughes, Ndaba, Hamer; Taylor, Borthwick-Jackson (Onyango, 46), Oshilaja; Kamwa, Adeboyejo, Dodoo (Lakin, 90).
Substitutes: Kean, Butcher, Mariappa, Keillor-Dunn, Carayol.

GOALS: ALBION: Adeboyejo (79) ; DERBY: Collins (23)

Referee: Geoff Eltringham

Attendance: 5,922

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