Collin Kazim-Richards came off the bench to score the match-winner as Derby County produced one of the close football scores of the weekend in the Championship. Luke Plange opened the scoring in the 16th minute before Tom Ince looked to have earned a share of the points in the 78th minute. Kazim-Richards came on for Plange in the second half and scored the winner with a neat finish with his left foot. This was the third consecutive win for bottom-of-the-table Derby in their search for a miraculous survival.
Stoke’s Michael O’Neill: “We could not get any consistency in our play throughout the game. Our attitude to the game was good, but we lacked quality in our play. We pressed hard, but when we won the ball we turned it over again. There were too many stray passes and unforced errors. We were poor in possession and that was the biggest factor.”
Derby’s Wayne Rooney: “We have always believed there is a possibility we can stay in this division. But we know it is a small chance and we are not getting carried away. However, full praise must go to the players because their commitment this season has been incredible. These three wins now are at the back of our minds and we must give our full attention to Reading on Monday because that is an important game. It is always difficult naming a team when there are players like Colin who scored in his previous game.”
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