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Derby County 1-0 Norwich City

Bradley Johnson scores against Norwich City
Bradley Johnson joined Derby from Norwich in September 2015

Bradley Johnson condemned his former club Norwich to a fifth successive loss as Derby sealed a fourth straight win.

Johnson struck midway through the second half when his low shot from 25 yards found the bottom corner.

John Ruddy denied Johnson and Jacob Butterfield as Derby improved after a quiet first half.

Steven Naismith had City's best chance when he forced Scott Carson to save, but the Rams kept a fifth straight clean sheet at the iPro Stadium.

Norwich bossed much of the first half, with Wes Hoolahan influential, but failed to register a shot on target against the second-meanest defence in the Championship.

Alex Neil's side, who had a penalty claim waved away when Jacob Murphy went down during a late spell of pressure, drop to seventh after a fourth defeat in six away matches.

Derby have won five of seven matches since Steve McClaren's return as manager and move up to eighth, just two points outside the play-off positions.

Derby manager Steve McClaren said:

"It's a big win for us; a big step forward. We had to dig in at times, but that's a good team we've kept a clean sheet against.

"We controlled the game when we had the ball or didn't have the ball and that's important if you want to be a top team.

"We might lose next week, but I know this team is capable of winning big games and today went a long way to showing me this team has got something."

Norwich manager Alex Neil:

"I've just seen the owner (Delia Smith) and she literally said to me, 'Keep going, we keep fighting'.

"She and Jez Moxey (chief executive) come down regularly after games and they know how hard I'm trying and how hard the players are trying.

"All you can do is stick together and keep together and we'll get through it. The one thing I have never been is someone who is going to give up. I think you only ever fail when you stop trying."

Line-ups

Derby

  • 1Carson
  • 12Baird
  • 6Keogh
  • 16PearceBooked at 86mins
  • 25Lowe
  • 19HughesSubstituted forBrysonat 80'minutes
  • 15Johnson
  • 18Butterfield
  • 10Ince
  • 11BentSubstituted forVydraat 88'minutes
  • 7RussellSubstituted forWeimannat 85'minutesBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 4Bryson
  • 5Shackell
  • 8Anya
  • 23Vydra
  • 24Weimann
  • 29Olsson
  • 35Mitchell

Norwich

  • 1Ruddy
  • 5MartinBooked at 85mins
  • 24Bennett
  • 6Bassong
  • 12Brady
  • 27TetteySubstituted forWhittakerat 72'minutes
  • 18Mulumbu
  • 22Murphy
  • 14HoolahanSubstituted forPritchardat 67'minutes
  • 7Naismith
  • 10JeromeSubstituted forLaffertyat 45'minutesBooked at 78mins

Substitutes

  • 2Whittaker
  • 9Oliveira
  • 15Klose
  • 19Lafferty
  • 21Pritchard
  • 31Murphy
  • 33McGovern
Referee:
Simon Hooper
Attendance:
29,311

Match Stats

Home TeamDerbyAway TeamNorwich
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home12
Away8
Shots on Target
Home3
Away2
Corners
Home5
Away1
Fouls
Home5
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Derby County 1, Norwich City 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Derby County 1, Norwich City 0.

Booking

Andreas Weimann (Derby County) is shown the yellow card.

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Ryan Bennett.

Attempt saved. Alex Pritchard (Norwich City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Steven Naismith (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Chris Baird (Derby County).

Attempt blocked. Jacob Murphy (Norwich City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Kyle Lafferty (Norwich City).

Bradley Johnson (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. Matej Vydra replaces Darren Bent.

Booking

Alex Pearce (Derby County) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Alex Pritchard (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Alex Pearce (Derby County).

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. Andreas Weimann replaces Johnny Russell.

Booking

Russell Martin (Norwich City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Russell Martin (Norwich City).

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

Attempt blocked. Johnny Russell (Derby County) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Craig Bryson.

Attempt missed. Robbie Brady (Norwich City) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. Craig Bryson replaces Will Hughes.

Booking

Kyle Lafferty (Norwich City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Kyle Lafferty (Norwich City).

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

Attempt missed. Jacob Butterfield (Derby County) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Attempt missed. Alex Pritchard (Norwich City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Kyle Lafferty with a headed pass.

Steven Naismith (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Max Lowe (Derby County).

Foul by Alex Pritchard (Norwich City).

Bradley Johnson (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Norwich City. Steven Whittaker replaces Alexander Tettey because of an injury.

Delay in match Alexander Tettey (Norwich City) because of an injury.

Foul by Kyle Lafferty (Norwich City).

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

Foul by Jacob Murphy (Norwich City).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Norwich City. Alex Pritchard replaces Wes Hoolahan.

Goal!

Goal! Derby County 1, Norwich City 0. Bradley Johnson (Derby County) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner.

Attempt missed. Alex Pearce (Derby County) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Tom Ince with a cross following a corner.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Newcastle18131436142240
2Brighton18115228111738
3Reading1810442519634
4Birmingham188732419531
5Leeds189272120129
6Huddersfield179261921-229
7Sheff Wed188462020028
8Norwich188372930-127
9Derby187561613326
10Fulham186752521425
11Aston Villa1851032118325
12Preston187472321225
13Bristol City187382422224
14Ipswich186661717024
15QPR186571926-723
16Brentford186482421322
17Nottm Forest186483232022
18Barnsley186482929022
19Burton184771924-519
20Blackburn185492027-719
21Wolves184681923-418
22Cardiff1853101830-1218
23Wigan173681419-515
24Rotherham1814131843-257
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