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Stoke City 1-0 Derby County: Potters win to raise pressure on Rams

Jacob Brown's header was enough to put Stoke in front
Jacob Brown stole in at the back-post to head past Kelle Roos and put pressure on Derby

Jacob Brown's fourth goal of the season, deep into the second half, was enough for Stoke to beat Derby in an uninspiring game in the Potteries.

There was almost nothing to trouble either goalkeeper until Nick Powell's cross to the far post saw Brown's run beat Jason Knight to head home.

Danny Batth almost sealed the points for the home side with another header but it was well saved by Derby goalkeeper Kelle Roos before Brown shot into the side-netting.

Louie Sibley had Derby's best moment but shot wide at the start of the second half.

It was a seventh match without victory for Wayne Rooney's Rams, who are five points above the relegation zone with eight matches remaining.

It means a nervy end to the season may now await despite having previously made good progress under the former England skipper.

They were starved of possession and failed to record a single shot on target, even Rooney's triple substitution with half an hour remaining failed to deliver any inspiration.

Stoke also lacked quality in front of goal and only created one moment from almost 70% of the ball in the first half.

But they found a winner through Powell's delivery that was well met by Brown, who got in front of Derby defender Knight and left Roos no chance with his header.

Stoke remain 10 points off the play-off places with a mid-table finish most likely.

Stoke City manager Michael O'Neill told BBC Radio Stoke:

"We haven't had enough 1-0 wins so it's nice to get one.

"We played well in the first half but just didn't create enough opportunities and didn't get enough good balls into the box.

"Finally we got a good ball into the box from Nick Powell and a great finish from Jacob Brown after a difficult period for him."

Derby County manager Wayne Rooney told BBC Radio Derby:

"We're not on a great run of form but now we have the chance to go away and get a break mentally.

"For me it's a chance to look back on the last few weeks and reassess how we move forward.

"The players before the game didn't believe we were in a relegation battle, but now I think we clearly are."

Line-ups

Stoke

Formation 3-5-2

  • 16Davies
  • 12Chester
  • 36Souttar
  • 6Batth
  • 14SmithBooked at 21mins
  • 4AllenSubstituted forVokesat 79'minutes
  • 13Obi
  • 34Thompson
  • 46Norrington-Davies
  • 25PowellSubstituted forClarkeat 82'minutes
  • 18BrownSubstituted forTymonat 90'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Gunn
  • 9Vokes
  • 35Tymon
  • 37Forrester
  • 43Coates
  • 44Norton
  • 47Clarke
  • 48Malone
  • 49Matondo

Derby

Formation 3-4-2-1

  • 21Roos
  • 2WisdomSubstituted forCresswellat 82'minutesBooked at 88mins
  • 15Mengi
  • 16Clarke
  • 12Byrne
  • 38Knight
  • 4ShinnieSubstituted forWatsonat 82'minutes
  • 26Buchanan
  • 23RobertsSubstituted forJozwiakat 64'minutes
  • 13Kazim-RichardsSubstituted forLawrenceat 63'minutes
  • 17SibleySubstituted forBirdat 63'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Marshall
  • 3Forsyth
  • 6Edmundson
  • 7Jozwiak
  • 8Bird
  • 10Lawrence
  • 34Baningime
  • 35Cresswell
  • 40Watson
Referee:
Jarred Gillett

Match Stats

Home TeamStokeAway TeamDerby
Possession
Home61%
Away39%
Shots
Home11
Away5
Shots on Target
Home3
Away0
Corners
Home1
Away2
Fouls
Home9
Away17

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Stoke City 1, Derby County 0.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Substitution

    Substitution, Stoke City. Josh Tymon replaces Jacob Brown.

  4. Post update

    John Obi Mikel (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Max Bird (Derby County).

  6. Booking

    Cameron Cresswell (Derby County) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  7. Post update

    Jack Clarke (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Cameron Cresswell (Derby County).

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Teden Mengi (Derby County) left footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the left following a corner.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Harry Souttar.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Derby County. Cameron Cresswell replaces Andre Wisdom.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Derby County. Louie Watson replaces Graeme Shinnie.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Stoke City. Jack Clarke replaces Nick Powell because of an injury.

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jacob Brown (Stoke City) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right following a set piece situation.

  15. Post update

    Attempt saved. Sam Vokes (Stoke City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Tommy Smith.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Stoke City. Sam Vokes replaces Joe Allen.

  17. Post update

    Jacob Brown (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Teden Mengi (Derby County).

  19. Goal!

    Goal! Stoke City 1, Derby County 0. Jacob Brown (Stoke City) header from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Nick Powell following a set piece situation.

  20. Post update

    Nick Powell (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Norwich38258556272983
2Watford38229755262975
3Swansea37209845291669
4Brentford371911765392668
5Barnsley38197124942764
6Reading381881252411162
7Bournemouth3716111055371859
8Cardiff3816101255371858
9Middlesbrough38168144639756
10Millwall381216103836252
11Stoke381313124242052
12QPR371311133943-450
13Luton37148153141-1050
14Bristol City38154193950-1149
15Blackburn381210165042846
16Preston38135203949-1044
17Nottm Forest381012163038-842
18Huddersfield37119174152-1142
19Derby381010182742-1540
20Coventry37912163248-1639
21Birmingham38911182850-2238
22Rotherham34105193847-935
23Sheff Wed37108192847-1932
24Wycombe3869232561-3627
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