West Brom 0-0 Derby: West Brom remain top of Championship despite being held to draw by Derby as Wayne Rooney’s facet defend resiliently
- West Bromwich Albion had been held to a goalless draw at dwelling to Derby County
- The Baggies had 9 makes an attempt on course whereas Derby did not muster any
- Derby defended resiliently and goalkeeper Kelle Roos was excellent
Wayne Rooney was hardly ever used to grinding out goalless attracts through the peak of his profession but Derby’s gritty show at Championship leaders West Bromwich Albion may have been as satisfying as many of his best moments as a participant.
Led by veteran centre-backs Curtis Davies and Phil Jagielka, and with goalkeeper Kelle Roos excellent, the Rams resisted every part Albion threw at them as Valerien Ismael’s facet drew at dwelling for the second time in 4 days after being held 1-1 by Millwall on Saturday.
Derby spent the summer time beneath a switch embargo and have the risk of a 12-point deduction hanging over them for alleged alleged breaches of monetary laws. A tricky season lies forward however Rooney has created a powerful spirit on this crew.
Karlan Grant (L) makes an attempt to make an impression for West Brom whereas being pursued by Dylan Williams and Lee Buchanan
Callum Robinson (L) of West Brom competes for possession with Nathan Byrne (R) of Derby
West Brom’s type this season is analogous to that of Wimbledon within the Eighties and Nineties, or Stoke’s groups beneath Tony Pulis, and so they put Derby beneath fixed aerial stress right here.
Rooney selected to match Albion’s 3-4-3 system with former Baggies defender Davies on the coronary heart of a again three. The 36-year-old denied Albion a ninth-minute opener when he cleared off the road from Semi Ajayi after Derby had fallen asleep at a nook.
The dwelling facet then demanded a penalty when Callum Robinson tumbled beneath the problem of Nathan Byrne, earlier than Roos made an alert save to preserve out Darnell Furlong’s free-kick.
West Brom (3-4-3): Johnstone 6; Ajayi 7, Bartley 6.5, Townsend 6.5; Furlong 6.5, Livermore 6 (Snodgrass 72, 6), Mowatt 6.5, Reach 6.5; Diangana 7, Robinson 6 (Phillips 46, 7), Grant 5 (Hugill 46, 6).
Manager: Valerien Ismael 6.5
Derby (3-4-3): Roos 8.5; Jagielka 8, DAVIES 9, Buchanan 8; Byrne 7, Knight 7 (Bird 81), Shinnie 7.5, Williams 6.5; Jozwiak 6.5 (Lawrence 67, 6), Baldock 6 (Stretton 67, 6), Sibley 6.5.
Manager: Wayne Rooney 7
Furlong was a frequent risk at proper wing-back as Albion appeared for him at each alternative, presenting 18-year-old Dylan Williams with a troublesome job on his full League debut. Yet earlier than the break Derby managed to restrict Furlong’s essential weapon – the lengthy throw.
Davies and one of his defensive companions, Jagielka, have a mixed age of 75 and so they drew on all their expertise within the opening 45 minutes with Davies, specifically, producing a quantity of essential interventions. In entrance of them, the central pair of Graeme Shinnie and fit-again Jason Knight supplied important safety to preserve Albion’s entrance three of Robinson, Grady Diangana and Karlan Grant comparatively quiet.
Grant and Robinson paid the value at half-time as Albion boss Valerien Ismael despatched on Matt Phillips and Jordan Hugill to give his entrance three higher bodily presence.
They ought to have taken the lead within the 58th minute when Diangana raced clear down the left and sprinted away from Jagielka into the field, just for Roos to save the low effort along with his ft. The ball fell completely for the unmarked Furlong, who one way or the other lifted it over the unguarded aim from 15 yards.
Then it was Phillips’ flip to go shut simply after the hour mark with a close-range strike that Davies and Lee Buchanan did beautifully to block. At this stage, Derby had been being pushed additional and additional again and it appeared solely a matter of time earlier than Albion made their stress rely.
Phillips was annoyed once more within the 67th minute when, from a promising place on the sting of the world, he shot excessive and broad. Shortly afterwards, Adam Reach launched Diangana and the sliding Phillips was a fraction away from changing his low cross.
Roos saved his greatest cease for harm time when Phillips despatched in one more cross from the left. Furlong arrived unmarked on the correct and met it with a strong header that Roos parried instinctively on his line.