Derby County 0-0 Swansea City: Rams remain unbeaten at home after Swans stalemate


Swansea's Ryan Manning tangles with Jack Stretton, who made his first league start for Derby
Swansea’s Ryan Manning tangles with Jack Stretton, who made his first league start for Derby

Derby County maintained their unbeaten home record courtesy of a goalless draw with Swansea City.

Jake Bidwell went closest for a Swansea side who controlled much of the contest but was denied by Derby keeper Ryan Allsopp.

At the other end Tom Lawrence drew a triple save from Ben Hamer during a rare spell of home pressure.

Wayne Rooney’s side remain bottom of the table after going into administration, though the stalemate means they have lost only one of their four games since being docked 12 points.

Swansea’s fifth draw of the season – and fourth goalless Championship fixture – leaves Russell Martin’s side 19th.

Swansea took charge of possession from the outset, yet for all their control and dominance of territory, they could not find a breakthrough.

Richard Steadman, who was forced off injured before the break, challenges Swansea's Joel Piroe
Richard Steadman, who was forced off injured before the break, challenges Swansea’s Joel Piroe in the Derby penalty area

They had chances, with Matt Grimes bending a shot just the wrong side of the post from 20 yards before a quick throw-in allowed Joel Piroe to pull back for Bidwell, who shot straight at Allsop from point-blank range.

Allsopp also gathered a long-range Piroe drive as Swansea failed to find the moment of quality required to break down the second meanest defence in the division.

The Rams improved a little as the first half wore on, but a side who have struggled for goals this season offered nothing in attack before the break.

Their first threat came early in the second period when Korey Smith’s loose pass sent Lawrence galloping into the Swansea box.

The Derby skipper had no fewer than three shots beaten away by Hamer before a relieved Smith cleared the danger.

The hosts then worked Jason Knight into space in the penalty area, only for Jamie Paterson to save his team with a last-ditch challenge.

Swansea reasserted their authority as Joel Latibeaudiere’s shot was blocked, Ethan Laird’s drive deflected wide and Paterson lashed narrowly over, but the failure to find a finish meant they had to be content with a point.

Derby County manager Wayne Rooney told BBC Radio Derby:

“A good point in the end. It was a difficult game for us.

“We knew that they would have quite a bit of possession. With changes and adjustment of the shape, we coped with that well.

“I thought we did really well second half – we didn’t really create too many clear-cut chances – but probably had the better chances.

“We had to try and be more aggressive. We could have scored and nicked three points.”

Swansea head coach Russell Martin:

“I am really frustrated. We deserved to win. We had 10 shots inside their box – it needs to come to more.

“We are very close to being a very, very good team. Derby had a great result in the week but we didn’t allow them to play at all. We played with great energy, great intensity, real quality and control.

“We need to make more of the dominance, of the control and the amount of territory we had. I am sure we’ll get that thrown at us, ‘oh the possession and nothing’, but we created a lot, we had good chances.

“I am so happy with so much. We kept a clean sheet again. But again the players are frustrated.”

Player of the match

HamerBen Hamer

Derby County

  1. Squad number4Player nameShinnie

  2. Squad number38Player nameKnight

  3. Squad number31Player nameAllsop

  4. Squad number33Player nameDavies

  5. Squad number43Player nameWilliams

  6. Squad number3Player nameForsyth

  7. Squad number34Player nameStretton

  8. Squad number8Player nameBird

  9. Squad number26Player nameBuchanan

  10. Squad number36Player nameEbosele

  11. Squad number10Player nameLawrence

  12. Squad number2Player nameByrne

  13. Squad number11Player nameMorrison

  14. Squad number16Player nameStearman

Swansea City

  1. Squad number18Player nameHamer

  2. Squad number17Player namePiroe

  3. Squad number5Player nameCabango

  4. Squad number26Player nameNaughton

  5. Squad number8Player nameGrimes

  6. Squad number3Player nameManning

  7. Squad number12Player namePaterson

  8. Squad number4Player nameDownes

  9. Squad number22Player nameLatibeaudiere

  10. Squad number24Player nameBidwell

  11. Squad number7Player nameSmith

  12. Squad number27Player nameLaird

  13. Squad number20Player nameCullen

  14. Squad number11Player nameWhittaker

Line-ups

Derby

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 31Allsop
  • 2ByrneBooked at 89mins
  • 16StearmanSubstituted forBuchananat 39′minutes
  • 33Davies
  • 3ForsythBooked at 45mins
  • 8Bird
  • 4Shinnie
  • 38Knight
  • 11MorrisonSubstituted forWilliamsat 45′minutesBooked at 81mins
  • 10Lawrence
  • 34StrettonSubstituted forEboseleat 64′minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Józwiak
  • 17Sibley
  • 21Roos
  • 26Buchanan
  • 35Watson
  • 36Ebosele
  • 43Williams

Swansea

Formation 3-4-2-1

  • 18Hamer
  • 5Cabango
  • 26Naughton
  • 3Manning
  • 22LatibeaudiereSubstituted forLairdat 61′minutes
  • 4Downes
  • 8Grimes
  • 24Bidwell
  • 7SmithSubstituted forWhittakerat 88′minutes
  • 12Paterson
  • 17PiroeSubstituted forCullenat 71′minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Benda
  • 6Fulton
  • 11Whittaker
  • 20Cullen
  • 27Laird
  • 28Walsh
  • 46R Williams

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