The FA Cup - Third Round
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Derby County 1-0 Southport

A Chris Martin injury-time penalty saved Derby County any embarrassment as they overcame Conference side Southport in the FA Cup third round.

Southport were close to earning a replay against Championship team Derby until Luke Foster felled Johnny Russell in the 92nd minute at the iPro Stadium.

Striker Martin converted from the spot, making up for several Derby misses.

Craig Bryson hit the post for the dominant home side, while Paul Coutts and Ryan Shotton also went close.

But Southport, in the third round for the first time since 1999, had their chances to take a shock lead, with Richard Brodie and Foster both heading wide after the break from in front of goal.

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McClaren on Derby v Southport

Even with nine changes to the Derby team which outclassed Leeds United in the Championship, Steve McClaren's men were overwhelmingly the dominant side in terms of possession and territory.

The visitors remained resilient until they crumbled in the closing minutes, but also enjoyed a bit of fortune as Derby wasted a number of opportunities.

Bryson's low strike clipped the the post, Derby team-mate Leon Best - making a rare start - was wasteful with the subsequent ricochet, while Coutts' powerful strike from distance was impressively saved by Raya Martin.

Shotton was another County player guilty of profligacy as Southport, 20th in the Conference, went into the break level against a team 89 places above them them in the league pyramid.

With his team still searching for a breakthrough, McClaren made a triple substitution mid-way through the second half, introducing star players Martin, Liverpool loanee Jordon Ibe and Russell and eventually the second-half changes worked.

Russell's incisive run into the Southport penalty box forced Foster into a rash challenge, leaving Martin to score the winner and ensure Derby avoided any kind of FA Cup upset.

Derby boss Steve McClaren: "They came here and frustrated us, did their job, defended heroically, played when they could and their keeper was magnificent. Gary and his staff can be very proud of their performance, I thought it was excellent.

"We are just thankful we are not the headline on Sunday morning, which we were very close to being. In the end it was sheer relief that we got the result. I couldn't see us scoring from open play and I thought it was going to take something like a penalty to win this game.

"I'm going to enjoy a nice glass of Amarone with Gary because he presented it to me before the game, trying to soften me up! From half-time on I was looking forward to that glass of wine - but Gary can be very proud of his players."

Southport manager Gary Brabin: "I've told them I'm proud of them and that they've raised the bar and made a lot of friends. It's a cruel way to lose the game but there was never any doubt in our minds that it was a penalty.

"I'm gutted to see the lads so down, but I genuinely didn't think we were going to win the FA Cup. We just wanted to come here and show everyone what this team is capable of and leave with pride, which is certainly the case.

"I think they were excellent and we've frustrated a side who I think will be in the Premier League next season."

Line-ups

Derby

  • 21Roos
  • 32ShottonSubstituted forRussellat 63'minutes
  • 6Keogh
  • 5Buxton
  • 12Naylor
  • 16Coutts
  • 33Mascarell
  • 4Bryson
  • 7Dawkins
  • 30BestSubstituted forMartinat 63'minutes
  • 10WardSubstituted forIbeat 62'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Forsyth
  • 9Martin
  • 11Russell
  • 19Hughes
  • 27Calero
  • 35Mitchell
  • 44Ibe

Southport

  • 19Raya
  • 25AustinSubstituted forBakayokoat 82'minutes
  • 5Collins
  • 6Foster
  • 3Fitzpatrick
  • 8George
  • 4Kay
  • 20Smith
  • 16Rutherford
  • 14Joyce
  • 10BrodieSubstituted forHattersleyat 70'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Hattersley
  • 18Marsden
  • 21Bakayoko
  • 22Mitchell
  • 26Roberts
Referee:
Graham Scott
Attendance:
20,201

Match Stats

Home TeamDerbyAway TeamSouthport
Possession
Home64%
Away36%
Shots
Home23
Away4
Shots on Target
Home7
Away2
Corners
Home17
Away2
Fouls
Home6
Away5

Live Text

Match ends, Derby County 1, Southport 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Derby County 1, Southport 0.

Goal!

Goal! Derby County 1, Southport 0. Chris Martin (Derby County) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Penalty Derby County. Johnny Russell draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Luke Foster (Southport) after a foul in the penalty area.

Amadou Bakayoko (Southport) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Simon Dawkins (Derby County).

Attempt missed. Craig Bryson (Derby County) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Paul Coutts (Derby County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Danny Hattersley (Southport).

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Paul Smith.

Attempt saved. Omar Mascarell (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Southport. Amadou Bakayoko replaces Mitchell Austin.

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Luke Foster.

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Dom Collins.

Attempt missed. Mitchell Austin (Southport) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Attempt saved. Omar Mascarell (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Southport. Danny Hattersley replaces Richard Brodie.

Attempt saved. Richard Keogh (Derby County) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Paul Rutherford.

Corner, Southport. Conceded by Richard Keogh.

Attempt missed. Luke Foster (Southport) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right following a corner.

Corner, Southport. Conceded by Paul Coutts.

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. Johnny Russell replaces Ryan Shotton.

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. Chris Martin replaces Leon Best.

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. Jordon Ibe replaces Jamie Ward.

Attempt saved. Simon Dawkins (Derby County) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by David Fitzpatrick.

Attempt blocked. Craig Bryson (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Richard Brodie (Southport) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Dom Collins.

Attempt blocked. Jake Buxton (Derby County) header from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by David Fitzpatrick.

Attempt missed. Lee Naylor (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Foul by Omar Mascarell (Derby County).

Luke Foster (Southport) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Jamie Ward (Derby County) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Paul Smith.

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Paul Smith.

Second Half

Second Half begins Derby County 0, Southport 0.

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