Derby and Groan. Website reaction

Last updated : 08 February 2004 By Michael Morris
A bloody 90th minute goal had to go and spoil a near perfect day.

A very pleasant train ride to Derby saw us arrive to a heavy police presence at Derby station. It took a second though to realise these were police officers with common sense and a touch of realism.

No hassle, no heavy tactics just a level head and an enthusiastic manner saw us easily pointed to a chip shop and a pub outside the station. Then a comfortable 15 min walk to Pride Park and again no hassle but an easy entry into the Rams fine stadium.

The first half saw City and Derby play out a goalless 45 mins, all the goals came in the second half.

Ian Taylor headed home from a corner to give Derby a 48th minute lead but that lasted only 12 mins before Earnie (thank god) scored from close range. There was calls for offside and a Derby fan outside the ground was quite adamant to me that he was offside, but seeing it last night on TV it was clear he was played onside.

Then the goal of the game came when Kav hit home from 25 yards. His effort took a slight deflection only 2 mins after Earnie's goal.

City should have won it. Earnie and Thorne went off with Campbell and Lee coming on. Campbell scored but it was disallowed, the flag up way before Andy put the ball in the net and Lee saw City's best effort saved when through one on one.

The failure to get the decisive 3rd goal cost City at the end. Another cross from the Derby right saw loan player Osman completely unmarked to head home from the 6 yard line. Derby's leveller coming in the 90th minute.

Margetson made a good save in injury time to keep the score at 2 - 2.

So it has to be seen as 2 points dropped. City had turned the game around and only had to last for a couple of minutes. They were unable to do that and it was ultimate disappointment.

City are still 5 points away from the play offs but we have dropped a place to 12th.