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Derby v Spurs (PL2), 28.10.18
Courtesy of:- Ray Lo, and the Spurs List
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     Premier League 2, First Division 2018-19
           Pride Park Stadium, Derby
         Sunday 28th October 2018, 2pm.

           DERBY COUNTY  v   SPURS
          (White/Black)    (All Blue)
             4-2-3-1         5-4-1

               1(0)           0(0)

             Kelle Roos  1  Brandon Austin(C)
            Ikechi Anya  2  Tariq Hinds
        Calum MacDonald  3  Jaden Brown
          George Thorne  4  Timothy Eyoma
            Alex Pearce  5  Japhet Tanganga
           Lee Buchanan  6  George Marsh
 Jayden Mitchell-Lawson  7  Dylan Duncan
             Max Bird(C) 8  Jamie Bowden
      Cameron Cresswell  9  Troy Parrott
           Louie Sibley 10  Paris Maghoma
            Aaron Eyoma 11  Jack Roles

             Sven Karic 12  Tashan Oakley-Boothe
            Josh Barnes 13  Thomas Glover
               Max Hunt 14  Jonathan Dinzeyi
        Kyle McAllister 15  Jamie Reynolds
         Josh Shonibare 16  J'Neil Bennett
             (11)81Mins     (6)88Mins

                Bird 73

     Thorne 89(Holding)     Eyoma 68(Pull)

              Pat Lyons     Wayne Burnett

Attendance: 389

Referee: Josh Smith
Assistants: Stuart Richardson & Scott Chalkley
Fourth Official: Steve Durnall 

Spurs travelled to Pride Park on a cold overcast morning to face high riding County who beat Liverpool 3-2 in thir last game, while Spurs beat Leicester 1-0 in a game in which they were always under pressure. I am not sure why but the game had been moved to Loughborough University and then back to Pride Park which made it difficult to plan for.

Spurs lined up with Austin in goal behind a back three of Eyoma, Tanganga and Marsh with Hinds at right wing-back and Brown on the left. Bowden anchored a midfield diamond with Duncan and Maghoma ahead of him and Roles at the sharp point behind Parrott up front. TJ's older brother Aaron was again facing his brother for the third time.

Spurs defended the North end in the first half and were put under heavy pressure by the home side who must have been watching the game against Leicester. Austin had to make two early saves from Sibley; the second one taking a deflection. Timothy Eyoma blocked brother Aaron's effort as he continued to have the upper hand in their clashes. Thorne fired over for a corner as Spurs were penned into their own half. They were not getting out, but were holding their own as Aaron Eyoma had an effort blocked for a corner which saw Buchanan head over. Eyoma played in Mitchell-Lawson to fire over. Spurs finally got out of their half with Roles having his effort deflected over for a corner after 42 minutes. MacDonald headed over from a cross by Thorne and their Eyoma fired over before the break.

Spurs made a change for the second half with Oakley-Boothe replacing Hinds, with Spurs changing to four at the back. The extra player in midfield allowed Spurs to push Derby back into the middle third of the pitch and led to their second change with Bennett coming on for Bowden.

The home side showed that they had done their homework as Bennett was fouled as soon as he got on the ball and for the rest of the game. The one time he was not fouled saw him draw a save from Roos having been played in by Oakley-Boothe. Eyoma was booked for pulling back MacDonald.

Derby finally broke the deadlock when their skipper played a one-two with Cresswell before hitting a 25 yard cracker that went in off the underside of the bar. Austin saved from McAllister and Bird before Duncan was played in by Oakley-Boothe to fire over. Spurs were pushing for a goal and Thorne was booked for holding onto Brown as he tried to get down the right. Tanganga headed over from the free kick by Maghoma. Derby held on to take the points.

It had been a good defensive performance by Spurs for a second game in a row before losing out to a good strike by the "Rams". Aaron had finally got one over his brother and was probably the best player on the home side. Spurs were prevented from getting their passing game going, hardly getting out of their own half. Spurs have until Friday to recover when that take on Swansea City at Hotspur Way. Lowly Swansea drew 1-1 with Arsenal in their last game which allowed Derby to go above them into second place.


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