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Cardiff City 0-0 Derby County

Cardiff striker Kenneth Zohore
Cardiff striker Kenneth Zohore was unable to follow up his two-goal tally over Leeds in midweek

Cardiff City remain top of the Championship table after a goalless draw against Derby County.

The closest either team came to scoring in a tepid first half was Junior Hoilett's long-range effort for the hosts which went narrowly over.

After the break Nathaniel Mendez-Laing shot wide and a cross from Derby's Craig Forsyth hit the bar.

The visitors almost snatched a late winner but David Nugent was denied by a fine save from Neil Etheridge.

Wolverhampton Wanderers' win at Burton Albion means Cardiff's lead at the Championship summit is reduced to one point.

The Bluebirds had reclaimed their place at the top with a thrilling 3-1 win over Leeds United at a bustling Cardiff City Stadium on Tuesday.

Four days later, however, the atmosphere was subdued as neither the hosts nor Derby mustered any clear scoring opportunities in an uneventful first half.

Joe Ledley
Cardiff-born Joe Ledley made his second start for Derby since joining them as a free agent in September

The lack of intensity was perhaps related to the fact the two teams had only made one change each from their midweek fixtures.

Things improved in the second half as Tom Huddlestone's low shot deflected wide.

Then, in the space of seconds, Forsyth's cross hit the bar before a swift Cardiff counter-attack ended with Mendez-Laing having an effort well blocked by Curtis Davies.

Derby had a late spell of pressure as Nugent's powerful close-range strike was well saved by Etheridge but the visitors' efforts were in vain as their winless run in the league stretched to four games.

Cardiff City manager Neil Warnock said:

"I'm only partly disappointed because I thought it was there to be won. If we'd have lifted our game a little more we could've won the game. The next best thing is to tick on, keep your home record intact and move on.

"In 11 games I think we've played six of the best teams and we've done very well. Seven points in a week is a tremendous effort.

"I was slightly disappointed with the first half, I didn't think we're on the front foot. One or two lads possibly not used to two games in such a short space but I can't fault them at all."

Derby County manager Gary Rowett said:

"I thought we were the better side, I thought we deserved to win. I don't think anyone can disagree with that in the second half.

"We passed the ball well but didn't quite have the little bit at the end of it. We felt there were opportunities to pass against Cardiff and stop them having any real momentum in terms of putting balls in the box and being direct.

"I thought when we needed to we defended well with that direct play. I thought we were magnificent in dealing with that and not many sides have been able to do it."

Line-ups

Cardiff

  • 25Etheridge
  • 2Peltier
  • 4Morrison
  • 5Ecuele Manga
  • 3BennettBooked at 79mins
  • 14Bamba
  • 19Mendez-Laing
  • 20DamourBooked at 66minsSubstituted forTomlinat 69'minutes
  • 8Ralls
  • 33HoilettSubstituted forFeeneyat 83'minutes
  • 10Zohore

Substitutes

  • 7Tomlin
  • 9Ward
  • 12Feeney
  • 15Halford
  • 16Connolly
  • 28Murphy
  • 30Bogle

Derby

  • 1Carson
  • 14Wisdom
  • 6Keogh
  • 33Davies
  • 3Forsyth
  • 44Huddlestone
  • 36Ledley
  • 7RussellSubstituted forNugentat 75'minutes
  • 15JohnsonBooked at 87mins
  • 10Lawrence
  • 17WinnallSubstituted forMartinat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Martin
  • 12Baird
  • 16Pearce
  • 19Weimann
  • 23Vydra
  • 28Nugent
  • 35Mitchell
Referee:
James Linington
Attendance:
18,480

Match Stats

Home TeamCardiffAway TeamDerby
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home14
Away7
Shots on Target
Home2
Away2
Corners
Home8
Away2
Fouls
Home18
Away18

Live Text

Match ends, Cardiff City 0, Derby County 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Cardiff City 0, Derby County 0.

Attempt blocked. Joe Ralls (Cardiff City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Joe Ledley.

Attempt blocked. Lee Tomlin (Cardiff City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Joe Ledley (Derby County).

Joe Ralls (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt blocked. Tom Huddlestone (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Neil Etheridge.

Attempt saved. David Nugent (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Bradley Johnson.

Foul by Tom Lawrence (Derby County).

Kenneth Zohore (Cardiff City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt saved. David Nugent (Derby County) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Chris Martin.

Richard Keogh (Derby County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Kenneth Zohore (Cardiff City).

Attempt missed. Sean Morrison (Cardiff City) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Lee Tomlin with a cross following a set piece situation.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Booking

Bradley Johnson (Derby County) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Delay in match Lee Peltier (Cardiff City) because of an injury.

Foul by Bradley Johnson (Derby County).

Lee Peltier (Cardiff City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Curtis Davies (Derby County).

Kenneth Zohore (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Bradley Johnson (Derby County) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Attempt missed. Bradley Johnson (Derby County) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Cardiff City. Liam Feeney replaces David Junior Hoilett.

Attempt missed. David Junior Hoilett (Cardiff City) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Sean Morrison with a headed pass following a set piece situation.

Foul by Richard Keogh (Derby County).

Kenneth Zohore (Cardiff City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by David Nugent (Derby County).

Bruno Ecuele Manga (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Joe Bennett (Cardiff City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Chris Martin (Derby County) because of an injury.

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Craig Forsyth.

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. David Nugent replaces Johnny Russell.

Curtis Davies (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kenneth Zohore (Cardiff City).

Attempt blocked. Lee Tomlin (Cardiff City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by David Junior Hoilett.

Attempt blocked. Joe Ralls (Cardiff City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Sol Bamba.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Cardiff11731179824
2Wolves117221911823
3Sheff Utd117041510521
4Leeds106221881020
5Bristol City115512011920
6Preston11551136720
7Aston Villa115421710719
8Ipswich106042016418
9Norwich115331113-218
10Fulham114521410417
11Middlesbrough11443139416
12Nottm Forest115061519-415
13Millwall113441413113
14Derby103431313013
15Sheff Wed103431212013
16QPR113441415-113
17Hull113352219312
18Barnsley103251315-211
19Brentford111641315-29
20Reading10235912-39
21Burton11236623-179
22Birmingham11227719-128
23Sunderland111461221-97
24Bolton11029422-182
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