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Derby County 1-0 Rotherham United

Rotherham United's Kieran Agard (l) and Derby County's Will Hughes battle for possession
Derby defeated Rotherham with a late Jeff Hendrick goal

Jeff Hendrick scored the only goal with nine minutes remaining to give Derby victory over Rotherham.

Steve Evans' newly-promoted Millers gave an excellent account of themselves.

And they almost snatched a point in the last minute when Craig Forsyth cleared a Kieran Agard shot off the line.

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McClaren on Derby v Rotherham

But Hendrick's effort proved to be enough as he turned home Cyrus Christie's cross.

Derby boss Steve McClaren kept faith with eight of the players who started last season's Championship play-off final.

His team made a bright start, too, forcing a Rotherham side containing three new boys of their own - Paul Green, Matt Derbyshire and Kirk Broadfoot - on to the back foot.

The visitors did have chances but they needed excellent saves from Adam Collin to deny Simon Dawkins and Johnny Russell and keep them on level terms.

Rotherham continued to battle hard after the break, only for all their good work to be undone by Hendrick.

Did you know?
Rotherham suffered their first opening-day defeat since losing to Brighton in 2006.

The 22-year-old scored five goals towards the end of last season as Derby's promotion push intensified.

And he was in the right place to open his account for the new campaign, firing Christie's cross high into the net.

Rotherham fought back, though. Green thought he had equalised against his former club with a firm header, only for Lee Grant to make a tremendous save.

Then, in the last seconds, Forsyth came to Derby's rescue when he turned away Agard's goal-bound effort.

Derby manager Steve McClaren:

"Credit to our players, they have got through on character after the first 25 minutes when I thought we were excellent.

"We got a little frustrated and lost our patience a bit and I thought it was heading for a draw.

"But we have that quality to win games which we did in the end."

Rotherham manager Steve Evans:

"Derby supporters will go away and know their team was in a tough game.

"Sometimes you don't get what you deserve.

"Many people around the country thought when they saw we were away at Derby it would be lambs to the slaughter. But we aren't going to be lambs to the slaughter for anyone."

Derby players celebrate Jeff Hendrick's winner
Derby's players celebrate Jeff Hendrick's late winner against Rotherham
Derby's Jamie Ward (left) and Rotherham's Ben Pringle
But victory was not achieved without a battle

Line-ups

Derby

  • 1Grant
  • 2Christie
  • 6Keogh
  • 5Buxton
  • 3Forsyth
  • 4Bryson
  • 19HughesSubstituted forMascarellat 53'minutes
  • 8Hendrick
  • 7DawkinsSubstituted forBestat 79'minutes
  • 9Martin
  • 11RussellSubstituted forWardat 64'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Ward
  • 14Eustace
  • 17Whitbread
  • 18Sammon
  • 21Roos
  • 30Best
  • 33Mascarell

Rotherham

  • 21Collin
  • 5Broadfoot
  • 20Morgan
  • 4Arnason
  • 3SkarzBooked at 30mins
  • 22Agard
  • 8Frecklington
  • 11Green
  • 18Pringle
  • 9RevellSubstituted forBoweryat 58'minutes
  • 27DerbyshireSubstituted forSwiftat 70'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Loach
  • 2Brindley
  • 6Wood
  • 7Hall
  • 10Bowery
  • 23Tidser
  • 25Swift
Referee:
Kevin Friend
Attendance:
30,105

Match Stats

Home TeamDerbyAway TeamRotherham
Possession
Home67%
Away33%
Shots
Home10
Away16
Shots on Target
Home3
Away6
Corners
Home8
Away3
Fouls
Home8
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Derby County 1, Rotherham United 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Derby County 1, Rotherham United 0.

Attempt missed. Lee Frecklington (Rotherham United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Craig Forsyth.

Attempt blocked. Kieran Agard (Rotherham United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Paul Green.

Attempt saved. Paul Green (Rotherham United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ben Pringle with a cross.

Chris Martin (Derby County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Kári Arnason (Rotherham United).

Attempt missed. Jamie Ward (Derby County) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Chris Martin.

Craig Bryson (Derby County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Paul Green (Rotherham United).

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Lee Frecklington.

Leon Best (Derby County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Kirk Broadfoot (Rotherham United).

Foul by Chris Martin (Derby County).

Kári Arnason (Rotherham United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Goal!

Goal! Derby County 1, Rotherham United 0. Jeff Hendrick (Derby County) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Cyrus Christie.

Hand ball by Chris Martin (Derby County).

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. Leon Best replaces Simon Dawkins.

Foul by Jamie Ward (Derby County).

Ben Pringle (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Paul Green.

Offside, Derby County. Craig Forsyth tries a through ball, but Craig Bryson is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. John Swift replaces Matt Derbyshire.

Attempt missed. Craig Bryson (Derby County) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box misses to the right. Assisted by Cyrus Christie with a cross.

Attempt saved. Kieran Agard (Rotherham United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Lee Frecklington.

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. Jamie Ward replaces Johnny Russell.

Offside, Derby County. Omar Mascarell tries a through ball, but Simon Dawkins is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. Chris Martin (Derby County) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Matt Derbyshire (Rotherham United) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Ben Pringle with a cross.

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Kieran Agard.

Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. Jordan Bowery replaces Alex Revell.

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. Omar Mascarell replaces Will Hughes.

Will Hughes (Derby County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Kieran Agard (Rotherham United).

Foul by Craig Bryson (Derby County).

Kirk Broadfoot (Rotherham United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Chris Martin (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Paul Green (Rotherham United).

Attempt missed. Alex Revell (Rotherham United) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Ben Pringle with a cross.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bournemouth11004043
2Watford11003033
3Middlesbrough11002023
4Millwall11002023
5Nottm Forest11002023
6Ipswich11002113
7Derby11001013
8Sheff Wed11001013
9Reading10102201
10Wigan10102201
11Blackburn10101101
12Brentford10101101
13Cardiff10101101
14Charlton10101101
15Norwich00000000
16Wolves00000000
17Fulham100112-10
18Brighton100101-10
19Rotherham100101-10
20Birmingham100102-20
21Blackpool100102-20
22Leeds100102-20
23Bolton100103-30
24Huddersfield100104-40
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