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Derby County 1-0 Burton Albion

Johnny Russell scores for Derby County
Johnny Russell's winner against Burton was his third goal of the season

Substitute Johnny Russell scored a late winner as Derby consolidated their position in the Championship play-off places with victory over Burton.

Russell volleyed in from 12 yards nine minutes from time to earn the Rams all three points.

Burton, who slipped to the bottom of the table, had frustrated their hosts with a determined rearguard action.

Before the winner, they went closest to scoring when Andi Weimann cleared Ben Turner's header off the line.

Derby, beaten at home by Ipswich in midweek, dominated in terms of possession and efforts on goal but had been unable to find a breakthrough until Russell struck the Rams' first goal in meetings with Albion.

After surviving some early Derby pressure, Burton responded when Matt Palmer forced a save out of home keeper Scott Carson.

But the Brewers had Stephen Bywater to thank for keeping them on level terms, the veteran goalkeeper tipping over Chris Martin's curling effort before scrambling to keep the ball out when defender Turner deflected Tom Lawrence's cross towards his own net.

Lawrence and Weimann then forced routine saves out of Bywater after the break before Russell climbed off the bench to score on the rebound after Martin's shot had been saved.

Derby manager Gary Rowett:

"The lads had a bit of a carrot of time off after this game if we'd won so maybe they were a bit nervous about that.

"The deal I struck was they would be off until Wednesday if they win the game but if they lost they would have been in tomorrow, as simple as that.

"It was just about enough motivation in the end but I thought Burton to their credit worked incredibly hard."

Burton manager Nigel Clough:

"You can't legislate for a mistake in the 81st minute. He (Palmer) is a young player but it was just a very poor decision, you don't take two touches in your own penalty area.

"But that's the learning process for young players, that's why a lot of managers don't play young players.

"They do make mistakes unfortunately, that's how they learn, but if you don't put them out there they don't improve."

Line-ups

Derby

  • 1Carson
  • 12Baird
  • 6Keogh
  • 33Davies
  • 29Olsson
  • 34ThorneSubstituted forJohnsonat 79'minutes
  • 36Ledley
  • 19Weimann
  • 23VydraSubstituted forRussellat 63'minutes
  • 10LawrenceSubstituted forWinnallat 73'minutes
  • 9Martin

Substitutes

  • 7Russell
  • 14Wisdom
  • 15Johnson
  • 17Winnall
  • 28Nugent
  • 35Mitchell
  • 44Huddlestone

Burton

  • 1Bywater
  • 2Brayford
  • 15NaylorBooked at 14mins
  • 23Buxton
  • 6Turner
  • 12FlanaganBooked at 65mins
  • 10Akins
  • 7Murphy
  • 19PalmerSubstituted forSbarraat 90'minutes
  • 18Miller
  • 17SordellSubstituted forVarneyat 84'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Warnock
  • 13Ripley
  • 16Varney
  • 21Akpan
  • 22Fox
  • 25Barker
  • 26Sbarra
Referee:
David Coote
Attendance:
26,761

Match Stats

Home TeamDerbyAway TeamBurton
Possession
Home61%
Away39%
Shots
Home20
Away9
Shots on Target
Home5
Away2
Corners
Home5
Away4
Fouls
Home11
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Derby County 1, Burton Albion 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Derby County 1, Burton Albion 0.

Attempt missed. Andreas Weimann (Derby County) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Chris Martin.

Attempt missed. Lucas Akins (Burton Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Luke Varney with a headed pass following a set piece situation.

Substitution

Substitution, Burton Albion. Joe Sbarra replaces Matthew Palmer.

Foul by Curtis Davies (Derby County).

Lucas Akins (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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

Foul by Ben Turner (Burton Albion).

Substitution

Substitution, Burton Albion. Luke Varney replaces Marvin Sordell.

Foul by Bradley Johnson (Derby County).

John Brayford (Burton Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Goal!

Goal! Derby County 1, Burton Albion 0. Johnny Russell (Derby County) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

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

Attempt blocked. Bradley Johnson (Derby County) left footed shot from more than 35 yards is blocked. Assisted by Chris Baird.

Attempt missed. Luke Murphy (Burton Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Lucas Akins.

Foul by Marcus Olsson (Derby County).

Lucas Akins (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

Foul by Luke Murphy (Burton Albion).

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. Bradley Johnson replaces George Thorne.

Foul by Curtis Davies (Derby County).

Luke Murphy (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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

Attempt missed. Matthew Palmer (Burton Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right following a set piece situation.

Foul by Sam Winnall (Derby County).

Tom Naylor (Burton Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt blocked. Will Miller (Burton Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Lucas Akins with a headed pass.

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Curtis Davies.

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Marcus Olsson.

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. Sam Winnall replaces Tom Lawrence.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match John Brayford (Burton Albion) because of an injury.

Foul by Tom Lawrence (Derby County).

John Brayford (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Joe Ledley (Derby County) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

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

Offside, Derby County. Marcus Olsson tries a through ball, but Chris Martin is caught offside.

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

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

goal

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