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Last Updated: 07/04/12 5:35pm

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Fielding: Two fine first-half saves

Fielding: Two fine first-half saves

Ipswich missed out on the chance to leapfrog Derby in the Championship table after the sides played out an entertaining 0-0 draw at Pride Park.

The visitors were on the front foot for long periods on Saturday and Rams goalkeeper Frank Fielding made a pair of fine first-half saves from Michael Chopra and Lee Martin.

After the interval Fielding touched a Jay Emmanuel-Thomas drive onto the post and Town were unable to find a way through.

Derby's main threat came from the pace of Theo Robinson in attack and Ben Davies' set-piece delivery, and Jason Shackell had a header from the latter's corner cleared off the line in the closing moments.

The point lifts the Rams up to 12 in the table, while Ipswich remain a point behind them in 15th.

Jamie Ward returned to the Derby attack in place of illness victim Steve Davies, the only change made by boss Nigel Clough from last week's 1-1 draw at Bristol City.

Paul Jewell named the same Ipswich XI that recorded a 1-0 home triumph over Barnsley to face his former club.

In the 10th minute Darryl Murphy capitalised on an error from Rams defender Jake Buxton to raid down the left wing and cut the ball back to Chopra, whose shot on the turn drew a splendid save from Fielding diving away to his right.

Derby were a threat on the counter attack, largely through top-scorer Robinson, but he delayed his shot at the vital moment when he found a 21st minute opening.

Fielding was undoubtedly busier than his opposite number Arran Lee-Barrett and the former England Under-21 international produced an acrobatic

stop to deny Martin from 25 yards shortly after Town midfielder Andy Drury drove narrowly past the post.

At the other end Robinson got on the end of a low Gareth Roberts cross but could only find the side netting.

Ipswich regained the assendancy after the interval and Grant Leadbitter flashed an effort over the bar following a well-timed run into the Derby area.

In the 51st minute Chopra teed-up Murphy on the edge of the box but his attempt also ended up beyond the crossbar.

Robinson continued to keep the Town defence on their toes and as the hour approached he was just off target with a spectacular scissor-kick from Davies' corner, before heading wide from his team-mate's next set piece.

Davies was then off target with a shot of his own before Emmanuel-Thomas came agonisingly close to giving Ipswich the lead.

The former Arsenal youngster cut in from the right wing and drilled towards the top corner, but Fielding got a vital touch and the ball cannoned back off the foot of the post.

Derby almost stole the points with five minutes remaining as the visitors once again failed to deal with a Davies corner and Shackell's header was hacked off the line by Aaron Creswell.

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Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Derby County 18 35
2 Bournemouth 18 32
3 Middlesbrough 18 32
4 Ipswich Town 18 31
5 Brentford 18 31
6 Blackburn Rovers 18 30
7 Watford 18 29
8 Nottingham Forest 18 28
9 Charlton Athletic 18 28
10 Norwich City 18 27
11 Wolverhampton Wanderers 18 27
12 Cardiff City 18 26
13 Sheffield Wednesday 18 22
14 Huddersfield Town 18 21
15 Reading 18 21
16 Leeds United 18 20
17 Fulham 18 19
18 Millwall 18 19
19 Birmingham City 18 19
20 Brighton and Hove Albion 18 18
21 Bolton Wanderers 18 18
22 Rotherham United 18 18
23 Wigan Athletic 18 17
24 Blackpool 18 8