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Derby County 1-1 Sheffield United

Matej Vydra blasts Derby ahead against Sheffield United from the penalty spot
Derby's Matej Vydra has scored with all six of his penalty attempts this season

Championship leading scorers Matej Vydra and Leon Clarke were both on target as promotion-chasing Derby and Sheffield United drew at Pride Park.

Vydra's sixth penalty from 14 goals this season put the Rams ahead and Andreas Weimann wasted a great chance to make it 2-0 at the break.

Relentless Blades pressure told when Clarke headed his 15th goal this term.

But despite staying on top, United were unable to end a dismal run which has seen them win just once in nine games.

Manager Chris Wilder guided the Blades to second in the table in November before an alarming sequence of results that has seen them slip to sixth.

They looked sharp and dangerous against their below-par hosts, who just about managed to hold on for a point following an increasingly leggy display.

Second-placed Derby would have moved within seven points of leaders Wolves with a victory and led from Vydra's cool penalty after George Baldock fouled Johnny Russell.

Russell and Weimann both could have doubled the lead but United regained their composure and after the impressive Clayton Donaldson shot just wide, the visitors deservedly levelled when he crossed to Clarke, who made no mistake.

Derby boss Gary Rowett:

"I'm very happy with that in light of the fact we didn't deserve it on the performance.

"We didn't show enough composure on the ball and I certainly can't complain although I'm disappointed with the goal they scored. It was a really disappointing goal to concede.

"I think on reflection of the game, they were better than us and probably, without creating too much, deserved to win so a point is an extension of our unbeaten run and five wins and two draws in seven games.

"I think today was probably a game too far for us in some ways but I think Sheffield United make that happen, they are a good team with good energy."

Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder told BBC Radio Sheffield:

"I'm really proud of the players because they took a big dent to their confidence in the defeat on Saturday.

"We didn't make as many changes as we would have liked to but the players gave everything for the club. The fans are enjoying what they're seeing and we're in a good place.

"I thought Donaldson and Clarke were outstanding all afternoon, they gave Derby's defenders a really tough day.

"I love how the players have gone about it and I'm delighted we've got our reward."

Line-ups

Derby

  • 1Carson
  • 12Baird
  • 6Keogh
  • 33Davies
  • 3Forsyth
  • 44Huddlestone
  • 15JohnsonSubstituted forWinnallat 70'minutes
  • 7Russell
  • 23VydraSubstituted forThorneat 71'minutesBooked at 77mins
  • 19Weimann
  • 28NugentSubstituted forMartinat 81'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Martin
  • 14Wisdom
  • 16Pearce
  • 17Winnall
  • 20Bennett
  • 34Thorne
  • 35Mitchell

Sheff Utd

  • 1Moore
  • 6Basham
  • 19Stearman
  • 5O'Connell
  • 2Baldock
  • 7LundstramSubstituted forLaffertyat 90+2'minutes
  • 21DuffyBooked at 23minsSubstituted forCarruthersat 77'minutes
  • 4FleckBooked at 79mins
  • 3StevensBooked at 64mins
  • 9Clarke
  • 11Donaldson

Substitutes

  • 10Sharp
  • 13Wright
  • 16Carter-Vickers
  • 22Lavery
  • 24Lafferty
  • 27Blackman
  • 44Carruthers
Referee:
Darren Bond
Attendance:
30,003

Match Stats

Home TeamDerbyAway TeamSheff Utd
Possession
Home42%
Away58%
Shots
Home6
Away10
Shots on Target
Home1
Away3
Corners
Home2
Away13
Fouls
Home12
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Derby County 1, Sheffield United 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Derby County 1, Sheffield United 1.

Offside, Sheffield United. John Fleck tries a through ball, but Clayton Donaldson is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. Daniel Lafferty replaces John Lundstram.

Foul by Clayton Donaldson (Sheffield United).

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

Attempt blocked. John Lundstram (Sheffield United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Leon Clarke.

Attempt missed. George Thorne (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Chris Baird.

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Curtis Davies.

Richard Stearman (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Sam Winnall (Derby County).

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. Chris Martin replaces David Nugent.

Attempt missed. Samir Carruthers (Sheffield United) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Leon Clarke (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Curtis Davies (Derby County).

Booking

John Fleck (Sheffield United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by John Fleck (Sheffield United).

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

Attempt saved. John Fleck (Sheffield United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by John Lundstram.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. Samir Carruthers replaces Mark Duffy.

Booking

George Thorne (Derby County) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

John Lundstram (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by George Thorne (Derby County).

Mark Duffy (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Tom Huddlestone (Derby County).

Attempt blocked. Andreas Weimann (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by George Thorne.

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. George Thorne replaces Matej Vydra.

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. Sam Winnall replaces Bradley Johnson.

Foul by John Lundstram (Sheffield United).

David Nugent (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Enda Stevens (Sheffield United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Enda Stevens (Sheffield United).

Matej Vydra (Derby County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Hand ball by Chris Baird (Derby County).

Goal!

Goal! Derby County 1, Sheffield United 1. Leon Clarke (Sheffield United) header from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Clayton Donaldson with a cross.

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Bradley Johnson.

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Richard Keogh.

Attempt blocked. John Fleck (Sheffield United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by George Baldock.

Attempt missed. John Fleck (Sheffield United) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Enda Stevens.

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Chris Baird.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wolves25184347202758
2Derby26147541231849
3Cardiff26145736251147
4Bristol City2613854031947
5Aston Villa26128638241444
6Leeds2613493728943
7Sheff Utd26133104031942
8Middlesbrough2612593526941
9Preston26101063026440
10Brentford2591063932737
11Ipswich25113113835336
12Fulham259973533236
13Norwich2697102631-534
14Nottm Forest26102143342-932
15Millwall2679102829-130
16Sheff Wed2679103034-430
17QPR2679102836-830
18Reading2577113033-328
19Barnsley2668122737-1026
20Bolton2667132543-1825
21Hull2659123944-524
22Burton2666142043-2324
23Sunderland26410122943-1422
24Birmingham2555151335-2220
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