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Report: Town fall to a narrow defeat against Derby at Pride Park

19 August 2023

Match Reports

Report: Town fall to a narrow defeat against Derby at Pride Park

19 August 2023

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Fleetwood Town fell to a narrow 1-0 defeat to Derby County on Saturday afternoon at Pride Park.

In a game which saw both sides create gilt-edged chances, it was the hosts who took the spoils in Derbyshire as Martyn Waghorn’s first-half goal was enough to take all three points, despite Town having one chalked off and two more strikes hitting the woodwork.

The Rams came out the gates the quicker of the two sides as they had their first chance just 60 seconds into the game. After a coming together between Waghorn and Ryan Broom, the forward headed wide of the near post, not troubling Jay Lynch at the time.

Another Waghorn header soon came for the hosts, which again went wide of the mark, and that was followed up by an audacious volleyed attempt from Craig Forsyth from inside the area but that, much like the first two efforts, went wide of Lynch’s goal.

Scott Brown’s men would have thought they’d found the way through 18 minutes in as Ryan Graydon played Jayden Stockley through, with the forward driving his strike into the bottom left corner, past the keeper, but the linesman deemed him to be in an offside position.

In fact, Derby went down the other end not long after and made the game 1-0 as Conor Washington tried his luck with an effort from the edge, which fell to the feet of Waghorn, who calmly slotted the ball into the bottom right corner to open the scoring at Pride Park.

Fleetwood reacted to going a goal down well as they went on the offensive, creating some good opportunities. The first came from Stockley as he laid the ball off to Danny Mayor whose effort went over before Graydon was stopped just before firing from close range.

It was an even game up until the halfway point from there, with the only real chance coming for the Cods as Stockley rose highest to latch onto a ball into the box, his effort looked like it was destined for the goal, but he was denied by the inside of the post.

The hosts started the second half like they did in the first, as they created better chances in the opening stages. First, they had a goalmouth scramble, which was eventually cleared by Lynch before Carl Johnston had to step in and stop Nathaniel Mendez-Laing’s counter-attack.

With 20 minutes to go, Derby came close to adding to their lead as substitute James Collins fired into the side netting from close range, but Town reacted well once again as another substitute in Promise Omochere had an effort of his own, which was blocked well by the hosts.

That chance from Omochere seemed to change the momentum of the game late on as Omochere headed a dangerous effort on target soon after, which had to be stopped by Joe Wildsmith, and Junior Quitirna tried one from range seven minutes later, and that had to be dealt with as well by the Derby number one.

Even with the change in tides of momentum, Derby held out strong in the latter stages of the game and managed to keep the Cods out meaning the three points on the day were theirs - all focus for Brown and his men will now shift to the Shrewsbury game next week. 

Derby XI: Wildsmith (GK), Forsyth, Hourihane (C), Cashin, Waghorn (Sibley 76’), Mendez-Laing, Smith, Washington (Collins 63’), Thompson (Elder 76’), Rooney (Bradley 82’), Nelson.

Unused subs: Vickers (GK), Robinson, Bardell.

Town XI: Lynch (GK), Johnston (Nsiala 77’), Lawal, Robertson, Vela (C), Stockley (Patterson 77’), Mayor (Quitirna 61’), Broom (Omochere 68’), Graydon, Rooney, Earl.

Unused subs: McMullan (GK), Hayes, Asamoah.

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