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Tom Huddlestone sent off but Derby

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    March 13, 2018 7:57 PM PDT

    The ‘Brian Clough Trophy’ was scrapped over with appropriate insistency but, had the bearer of its name been in either dressing room, he might have had words to say about the lack of anything else. Neither Nottingham Forest nor Derby County could feel put out after a ragged draw that essentially continued both teams’ form going into it; a late red card for Tom Huddlestone, provided the talking point although it would be a generous reading of events that ascribed it any real impact on the outcome. MLB Detroit Tigers Nike Authentic Collection Legend Logo 1.5 Performance T-Shirt - OrangeHuddlestone had provided the game’s only moments of genuine quality but, more often than not, found himself entangled in the morass of limbs and bodies that rendered good intentions futile throughout. His team-mate Bradley Johnson had been antagonist-in-chief but it was Huddlestone who, booked twice in three minutes for fouls on Lee Tomlin, departed early at a time when Derby felt their efforts to end a six-game winless run were steam. The sending-off enraged Gary Rowett, their manager, who believed Tomlin had drawn the second yellow card with a dive and claimed a half-time warning had gone unheeded. Rowett went to see the referee, Jeremy Simpson, at the break to opine that Tomlin had bought himself a series of free-kicks rather too easily. “I’ve got no problem with Lee, he’s a good lad and a good player,” Rowett said. “But you ask the officials to do their job properly and the quality of that performance, for me, wasn’t very good. Unfortunately for us it’s been crucial to our chances of winning the game. It looked to me like there’s no contact whatsoever.” Rowett had a point although few would contend Derby had been on course to win. The second-half introductions of Cameron Jerome and Kasey Palmer led to a period of concerted pressure, with Forest pegged back in the 10 minutes before Huddlestone’s dismissal, but it had not yielded a Julius Nattinen Womens Jersey significant opportunity. In fact it was with 10 men that Derby fashioned their best chance of the half, Andreas Weimann drawing a brilliant block from the Forest left-back Ben Osborn, and they were hardly compelled into a late rearguard action by a powder-puff home side. They had posed a clearer threat before half-time and that owed, primarily, to Huddlestone’s constructive side. One radar-like release of Weimann, which the winger squandered by shooting against Danny Fox, was a reminder that his passing range still has Authentic Pharoh Cooper Jersey few parallels when in tune. It was a more subtle ball to the same player in the 45th minute that created the game’s only memorable opening. Weimann read the pass and cut back to David Nugent, who was thwarted by Costel Pantilimon. The goalkeeper’s follow-up save from Tom Lawrence, improvising to turn the ball over with a toe, was even better but the sequence failed to prompt any further escalation in goalmouth activity. “I think so, on the performance,” Rowett said when asked if he felt his team had deserved to win. “I thought we looked very solid defensively and had by far the best chances.” It was minor hyperbole but, in any case, few of those opportunities are going in for Derby. They rarely lose but are no longer automatic promotion contenders and, despite a four-point cushion to seventh place, memories linger of past tail-offs. Not that Forest, safe in Ereck Flowers Womens Jersey mid-table, would refuse to change places. Aitor Karanka has tamed the more naive elements of an attack-minded side and sought to create one closer to his fastidiously drilled image. They did not produce a shot on target, despite flickers from Tomlin and the young winger Matty Cash, but a six-game unbeaten run holds promise for a run at better times next year. “At the end nobody wanted to lose the game,” Karanka said, in a summary encapsulating much of the fear that dogs second-tier matches these days. The only victories on offer were small ones. While his players exchanged words with Tomlin after the match, there were suggestions Rowett had shown two fingers to the Forest supporters. cheap nfl jerseys cheap nfl jerseys wholesale nfl jerseys from chinawholesale jerseys wholesale nfl jerseys