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Preston North End 0-1 Derby County

Craig Forsyth
Derby are now unbeaten in seven games against Preston

Craig Forsyth scored a late header for Derby as they secured a first win of the Championship season at Preston.

Tom Ince had curled onto the post for the Rams, with Chris Martin forcing Anders Lindegaard into a low save and also glancing a header over.

Callum Robinson's drive was turned away for the hosts, while Eoin Doyle also went close with a volleyed effort.

The game was heading for a draw before Forsyth nodded in Will Hughes' floated cross with three minutes to go.

Derby had failed to score in both league games this season before their trip to Preston, but manager Nigel Pearson has now picked up his first league victory since taking charge of the Rams in the summer.

Joe Garner was left out of the North End squad, with boss Simon Grayson stating earlier in the week that the striker is free to join Scottish side Rangers, but Simon Makienok came on in the second-half for his debut.

Preston are now winless in eight league games in front of their own fans and have failed to pick up a point from their opening three league matches this season as they sit in the relegation places in the early Championship table.

Preston manager Simon Grayson:

"I think those who watched the game will have seen a result that was not a reflection of how the game went.We passed the ball; we defended well and caused them problems. In the second half we were the only team that was going to win it.

"We created opportunities but we couldn't get the breaks when we needed them.

"You have to feel sorry for the players, they've done everything we asked of them. There are lots of positives to take but we got a kick in the teeth.

Derby County boss Nigel Pearson:

"We needed to be disciplined and we needed to show some qualities that we didn't show at the weekend. We created chances throughout the game; we looked very promising and also very tight at the back.

"The system worked pretty well for us. Managing a team is about getting results but when things don't go plan I've got to reflect on things in a balanced way, I can't become emotional.

"We played with a lot of discipline in the midfield. If you're going to come to places like this and get results you've got to play well as a team and we did that."

Line-ups

Preston

  • 1Lindegaard
  • 16GrimshawSubstituted forHumphreyat 88'minutes
  • 5Clarke
  • 6Wright
  • 3Cunningham
  • 18PringleBooked at 86mins
  • 8Browne
  • 12Gallagher
  • 37Robinson
  • 13DoyleSubstituted forMakienokat 85'minutes
  • 10BeckfordSubstituted forHugillat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Pearson
  • 7Humphrey
  • 9Makienok
  • 11Johnson
  • 17Spurr
  • 22Maxwell
  • 25Hugill

Derby

  • 1Carson
  • 2Christie
  • 6Keogh
  • 5Shackell
  • 3Forsyth
  • 19Hughes
  • 10InceSubstituted forCamaraat 71'minutes
  • 18ButterfieldSubstituted forPearceat 89'minutes
  • 4Bryson
  • 7Russell
  • 9MartinSubstituted forBentat 90+2'minutes

Substitutes

  • 11Bent
  • 12Baird
  • 15Johnson
  • 16Pearce
  • 17Grant
  • 20Camara
  • 22Blackman
Referee:
David Coote
Attendance:
10,628

Match Stats

Home TeamPrestonAway TeamDerby
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home9
Away16
Shots on Target
Home1
Away3
Corners
Home5
Away5
Fouls
Home15
Away7

Live Text

Match ends, Preston North End 0, Derby County 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Preston North End 0, Derby County 1.

Attempt missed. Simon Makienok (Preston North End) header from the left side of the box is just a bit too high following a corner.

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Cyrus Christie.

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. Darren Bent replaces Chris Martin.

Attempt missed. Abdoul Camara (Derby County) left footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Craig Bryson.

Foul by Will Hughes (Derby County).

Paul Gallagher (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. Alex Pearce replaces Jacob Butterfield.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Chris Humphrey replaces Liam Grimshaw.

Goal!

Goal! Preston North End 0, Derby County 1. Craig Forsyth (Derby County) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Will Hughes with a cross.

Foul by Liam Grimshaw (Preston North End).

Johnny Russell (Derby County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

Ben Pringle (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Ben Pringle (Preston North End).

Johnny Russell (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Simon Makienok replaces Eoin Doyle.

Callum Robinson (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Cyrus Christie (Derby County).

Bailey Wright (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Abdoul Camara (Derby County).

Foul by Bailey Wright (Preston North End).

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

Attempt missed. Eoin Doyle (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Callum Robinson.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Jordan Hugill replaces Jermaine Beckford.

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

Foul by Greg Cunningham (Preston North End).

Attempt missed. Abdoul Camara (Derby County) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Jacob Butterfield.

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. Abdoul Camara replaces Tom Ince.

Foul by Alan Browne (Preston North End).

Richard Keogh (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Eoin Doyle (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Jermaine Beckford with a headed pass.

Attempt missed. Chris Martin (Derby County) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Cyrus Christie with a cross.

Will Hughes (Derby County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Alan Browne (Preston North End).

Attempt blocked. Eoin Doyle (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Callum Robinson.

Attempt missed. Chris Martin (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

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

Foul by Tom Clarke (Preston North End).

Attempt missed. Johnny Russell (Derby County) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Will Hughes.

goal

As It Stood

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3Huddersfield32105327
4Fulham32104227
5QPR22005056
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7Bristol City32014316
8Wolves31204225
9Birmingham31203215
10Wigan31115324
11Aston Villa31114224
12Ipswich31114404
13Sheff Wed311123-14
14Derby311112-14
15Burton31027703
16Barnsley21014403
17Reading210112-13
18Nottm Forest310247-33
19Cardiff201102-21
20Leeds301226-41
21Rotherham301228-61
22Newcastle200213-20
23Preston300314-30
24Blackburn200217-60
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