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12 December 2020 20:31

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Derby County 0-0 Stoke City: Rams miss chance to move out of bottom three

Derby's unbeaten run under Wayne Rooney continued but they are still searching for a first home win of the season after Stoke held them to a 0-0 draw at Pride Park. County dominated for most of the game but lacked quality in the final third and have now scored only eight goals in the Championship. The closest they came was when Colin Kazim-Richards was denied by a first-half goal-line clearance by James Chester, although Matt Clarke saw a second-half header tipped over. Stoke, who were again without a number of key players, created little and did not force David Marshall into a save in the 90 minutes. Image: Derby and Stoke played out a goalless draw on Saturday Derby are now unbeaten in five since Rooney became interim manager but they remain in the bottom three.

The Rams started positively with Tom Lawrence testing Josef Bursik with a dipping shot in the eighth minute. Kazim-Richards got in behind Stoke but was offside as Derby continued to threaten and the striker had a great chance to open the scoring in the 22nd minute. Lee Buchanan played a great ball from deep in his own half to put Kazim-Richards in but after he went round Bursik, his shot was cleared off the line by Chester. Stoke were struggling to get out of their own half but Derby were forced into a change when Lawrence limped off in the 33rd minute with an ankle injury. The visitors at last posed a threat in the 36th minute when Nathan Collins curled in a cross that Steven Fletcher was unable to control on the edge of the six-yard box.

But Derby were dominating possession and Kazim-Richards played in Lawrence's replacement Morgan Whittaker in the 42nd minute but his deflected shot was easily saved. Stoke had to improve in the second half and they did, forcing Derby back and getting crosses into the box. Derby thought they should have had a penalty in the 65th minute when Buchanan went over but referee Andy Woolmer baffled everyone by awarding a drop ball to Stoke. It seemed to inspire Derby who twice went close, first through Clarke from a Martyn Waghorn free-kick and then Kamil Jozwiak who had a shot blocked. The Polish winger then had a shot deflected over as Derby reasserted themselves and Bursik made a superb save in the 82nd minute to turn over a Clarke header.

Derby brought on Jordan Ibe for his first appearance since joining the club in September but despite five minutes of stoppage time, could not get that elusive win. Derby's interim manager Wayne Rooney: "It's frustrating not to get the three points. First half we played really well and created chances and should have scored. Second half we didn't start well but then I felt we grew back into the game and maybe could have gone on and won. "I think we deserved the three points but we are building a platform with three clean sheets and now we have to demand more from our attacking players to start scoring." Stoke's Michael O'Neill: "First half we were second best in terms of possession and territory.

Second half we competed far better, we got up against the game but overall given where we are as a squad and the injuries we have it's a hard-earned point and one we will happily take. On the day it was important we didn't lose the game so a clean sheet and we take a point away." Sign up NOW for your daily Stoke City newsletter straight to your inbox Subscribe Thank you for subscribing We have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice Invalid Email Michael O'Neill has named his Stoke City team for today's clash with Derby County in the Championship at Pride Park (3pm). Sam Vokes, who came off the bench for Campbell against Cardiff, is on the substitute's bench and joined by Andy Lonergan, former Ram Tom Ince, Ryan Shawcross, Tashan Oakley-Boothe, Thibaud Verlinden and Adam Porter. So Stoke's team is: Bursik; Collins, Souttar, Chester, Fox; Cousins; Thompson; Tymon, Brown, Powell; Fletcher. Nathan Byrne is back in the squad along with Tom Lawrence, Max Bird and Lee Buchanan.

They line up like this:: Marshall; Byrne, Wisdom, Clarke, Buchanan, Bielik, Bird, Knight, Jozwiak, Kazim-Richards, Lawrence. Derby County's unbeaten run stretched to five matches and they recorded a third consecutive clean sheet, but they failed to score again and are still without a home win in the League this season. The goalless draw against Stoke City at Pride Park Stadium saw them move onto 13 points - the same number as rivals Nottingham Forest - but the Rams remain in the bottom three on goal difference. Derby County are currently unbeaten in the five games that interim boss Wayne Rooney has taken sole charge of Derby County missed the chance to move out of the Championship's bottom three as they played out a goalless draw with Stoke City. Morgan Whittaker could have given the Rams the lead in the first half but saw his deflected shot saved by Stoke goalkeeper Josef Bursik. Derby went close again after the break when Matt Clarke fired across the face of goal following Martyn Waghorn's free-kick. A fine performance from Bursik helped Stoke secure a point as he made a good save to deny Clarke's dangerous close-range header late on. The result means Derby remain in 22nd place in the Championship table, but victory against the Potters would have taken them out of the drop zone after 21st-placed Nottingham Forest lost at home to Brentford. The Rams are now on a five-game run without defeat during Wayne Rooney's interim spell in charge, but are winless in their past 12 games at home under the former England striker and ex-boss Phillip Cocu. With Tom Lawrence forced off through injury midway through the first half, Rooney sent on Whittaker and he almost made an immediate impact but Bursik, who enjoyed a good game for Stoke, pulled off a fine save. Derby County interim manager Wayne Rooney told BBC Radio Derby: "It was one of those game where you know if we didn't get a goal in that period, Stoke would have a few moments. We were running on fumes a little bit, to be honest - [Harry] Souttar, [Steven] Fletcher and [Jordan] Thompson came back into the team today having trained very little after injury. Derby County moved to five games unbeaten following a 0-0 draw against Stoke City at Pride Park Stadium. The Derby defence held strong again, earning a third consecutive clean sheet and limited the Potters to just a handful of shots leaving David Marshall without having to make a save. However, despite coming close through Tom Lawrence, Colin Kazim-Richards and Matt Clarke the Rams couldn't find the goal to give them the first home win of the season. Midway through the second-half, it looked as though Derby would be awarded a penalty as Lee Buchanan came down in the box. Within eight minutes, Lawrence came close to breaking the deadlock. The Welshman received the ball in space on the edge of the box and rifled a dipping left-footed shot looking to dip under the cross-bar, but it was watched well by Josef Bursik and tipped over. The Rams remained patient and another close call came midway through the half. Buchanan skipped past two men on the edge of the area and lifted the ball over for Kazim-Richards to go one-on-one with the Stoke keeper. He went round Bursik and struck from a tight angle with a shot destined for the bottom corner, only to be denied by a sliding block by James Chester. On the half-hour mark, however, Derby were forced to make their first change when Lawrence, who had already been down a couple of times already, was unable to continue and was replaced by Morgan Whittaker. Ten minutes later, Whittaker came close too. Kazim-Richards held the ball up brilliantly just inside the Potters' half and pinged the ball over the to the forward who saw a close-range effort deflected. The Potters came out with more aggression in the second half and forced Derby to defend hard for spells in the early stages. The referee blew his whistle and with everyone inside Pride Park expecting him to point to the spot, instead he signalled for a drop ball, to the bemusement of both Derby and Stoke. Clarke came close again from another set piece with just under 10 minutes left to play. Derby were unable to find the winning goal and will be back at Pride Park on Wednesday evening to face Swansea City. Derby County: Marshall (C), Wisdom, Bielik, Jozwiak (Ibe, 87), Bird (Sibley, 69), Lawrence (Whittaker, 32 (Waghorn, 69)), Byrne, Kazim-Richards, Clarke, Buchanan, Knight. Stoke City: Bursik, Fox, Chester (C), Brown, Fletcher (Oakley-Boothe, 83), Cousins, Powell, Thomson (Ince, 76), Tymon, Souttar, Collins.