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Pride Park Stadium (ATT 33,010) 8th August 2009 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: P Taylor

Derby Derby County vs Peterborough United Peterboro

Derby 2

M Addison (4)
G Teale (87)

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Peterboro 1

G Boyd (pen 84)

Rams see off Posh

Clough gets the better of Ferguson

Last Updated: 08/08/09 5:38pm

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Addison heads home the opener

Addison heads home the opener

Gary Teale's late goal earned Derby a 2-1 win over Championship new boys Peterborough at Pride Park.

Peterborough looked set to earn a point on their Championship bow when George Boyd's penalty cancelled out Miles Addison's early opener, but Teale scrambled home a winner three minutes from time.

Derby, without last season's top scorer Rob Hulse and fellow forwards Giles Barnes and Chris Porter through injury, included summer signings Jake Buxton, Dean Moxey and Lee Croft in their starting line-up.

With Kris Commons and Luke Varney only deemed fit enough for the bench, Steve Davies was utilised as a lone striker.

Peterborough, seeking to create history by achieving three successive promotions, had no such problems in attack. Darren Ferguson opted to field Boyd, Aaron Mclean and Craig Mackail-Smith, who have scored 102 league goals between them in the last two seasons, from the off.

It looked like it could prove to be a shrewd move on the part of Ferguson junior as his side started brightly, turning the Derby defence at every opportunity. But at the other end of the pitch, Peterborough lacked the early proficiency of their forwards.

Opener

Croft's corner was cleared by Mclean but the United defence failed to react to the second cross by Moxey. Buxton headed the ball back across goal where his partner at centre-half Addison stooped bravely to head the ball past Joe Lewis after four minutes.

The goal saw Derby assume control but Clough's side lacked penetration and were restricted to long-range efforts for the remainder of the first-half. Shots from Davies, Teale and Paul Green failed to trouble Lewis.

A 15-yard shot from Mclean that went wide 10 minutes before the break was all Peterborough had to offer in the opening period.

Commons, not fully-fit after only returning from a hamstring injury at the end of July, was called upon at half-time following an injury to Green.

Peterborough responded by introducing Lee Frecklington and Shaun Batt, Keates and debutant Tommy Rowe were the players to make way.

The changes sprung Ferguson's side into life. They suddenly created a host of scoring chances just after the hour mark, but unusually failed to take any of them.

Mclean was thwarted by a last-ditch tackle from Moxey when through on goal before substitute Frecklington shot straight at Stephen Bywater when one-on-one with the Derby keeper. Bywater then produced a superb save to keep out a shot from Boyd and Gabriel Zakuani headed wide.

Penalty
It looked like Derby had survived Peterborough's onslaught but Bywater's brilliance was undone when he needlessly brought down Batt for a penalty. Boyd coolly stepped up to score from the spot, sending Bywater the wrong way.

However, another goalkeeping howler at the other end spoiled all United's hard work. Lewis flapped at Common's corner and after a scramble inside the six-yard box, Teale poked the ball home.

Commons could have sealed the win in injury-time but after robbing a defender he shot straight at Lewis when one-on-one.

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