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Match Report: Derby County 1-1 Peterborough United (Derby Fan's Perspective)

Sunday 29th April 2012
Derby County wrapped up their Championship season at Pride Park with a 1-1 draw against Peterborough in a match that could easily be used as a signature game for the campaign. Again Derby dominated for long periods, but their inability to convert chances cost them.

For much of the game Derby ran the show, but the lack of dominance upfront and the failure to convert when the chances presented themselves again was their undoing.

Derby should have been out of sight by half-time, but time and time again some quality build up play was let down by the lack of a finish, which enabled Peterborough to breathe again.

Manager Nigel Clough rewarded four youth team players for their efforts by including them in the matchday 16.  Will Hughes started on the right side of midfield, whilst Mason Bennett, Josh Lelan and Kwame Thomas were included amongst the substitutes.

Hughes, making his first ever start for the senior side, was a revelation. Looking like a player with many years of experience, he demonstrated the confidence and skill of a seasoned pro. Throughout the game he was a threat going forwards and linked up well with John Brayford down the right flank. Remember this lad's name, he is going to be big news next season.

Several chances went begging in the early part of the game. One saw Hughes combining with Brayford, whose cross was met by Steven Davies who then saw his volley brilliantly saved by Jones. Moments later the Peterborough stopper thwarted another chance from Davies.

Derby's persistance finally paid off in the 21st minute when Bryson fired the ball goalwards and Theo Robinson managed to get the slightest of touches on it before it fianlly hit the back of the Peterborough net.

A few minutes later the Rams might have had a penalty. Nathan Tyson brought the ball into the box from the left and was brought down, however the referee was having nothing of it despite the cries from the Rams.

The game edged towards half-time with chances missed by Bryson, Davies and Shackell, and at the break Darren Ferguson must have been very relieved that his team went in only one goal down.

The second half was pretty much a repeat of the first. Derby again dominated over long periods but failed to capitalise.  Jeff Hendrick hit one attempt wide and another opportunity was missed when Nathan Tyson delivered from the left and Robinson failed to meet the cross.

Derby did manage to get the ball into the net when Robinson's cross was turned in by Davies, but he was adjudged to have been offside.

Eight minutes before the end, Peterborough took advantage of Derby's inability to convert chances when David Ball curled one into Adam Legzdin's top left corner to level the scores. Moments later The Posh might have stolen a win but the woodwork denied them.

Derby have made progress this season, but had they signed a proven goalscorer they just might have been looking forward to the play-offs rather than departing for their summer holidays. Maybe next season?

Derby: Legzdins, Brayford, Buxton, Shackell, Roberts, Hughes (Carroll 83), Hendrick, Bryson (Bailey 87), Tyson, Robinson (Bennett 74), S Davies. Subs not used - Lelan, Thomas.

Peterborough: Jones, Alcock, Zakuani, Little, Rowe, Tomlin, McCann, Newell (Nthle 56), Boyd, Barnett (Ball 63), Taylor (Kearns 56). Subs not used - Brisley, Grant.

Man of the Match - Will Hughes

Attendance - 27,354 (1,741 away fans)

Andy Buckley - Taylor

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