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Championship: Derby and Wolves draw 0-0 at Pride Park

Last Updated: 16/02/13 7:24pm

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Bakary Sako: Wolves' most potent threat

Bakary Sako: Wolves' most potent threat

Dean Saunders' winless start to his managerial reign at Wolves was extended to six games in an uneventful 0-0 draw with Derby at Pride Park.

The spectre of relegation continues to loom over Wanderers but they were a match for Saunders' former club, who still have an outside shot of making the play-offs.

Reading loanee Kaspars Gorkss was handed his Wolves debut and looks set to be a useful addition to the squad, but Bakary Sako was undoubtedly the visitors' most potent threat.

It was Wolves who looked the more sprightly in the early stages. Jamie O'Hara's strike was tipped away by Adam Legzdins and Sako's inswinging corner moments later found Danny Batth but his header drifted wide.

Derby's first meaningful attempt followed a flowing passing move which ended with Stephen Ward firing just off target.

Karl Henry's foul on Craig Bryson handed Derby a free-kick in a promising position, but Ward, who had scored in each of his previous three appearances, could only direct his shot into the hands of Carl Ikeme.

The hosts grew into the game as the half wore on and Batth had to be alert to block Bryson's effort from the edge of the box.

There was time before the break for O'Hara to hit a well controlled shot just wide from 20 yards out.

A wayward shot on the turn from Batth punctuated an otherwise entirely uneventful opening to the second half before Sako's drilled effort forced a strong save from Legzdins.

At the other end, Paul Coutts' half-cleared corner was fired back with interest by Will Hughes but his strike cleared the crossbar.

Ward appeared to shove Henry inside the penalty area in the final minute but referee Graham Salisbury was unmoved by the visitors' protests.

Ward very nearly rubbed salt in the wound but his free-kick deep into stoppage time was kept out by Ikeme.

Wolves, now winless in nine, remain hanging precariously just above the drop zone.

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1 Bournemouth 39 73
2 Watford 39 72
3 Middlesbrough 39 72
4 Norwich City 39 70
5 Derby County 39 67
6 Ipswich Town 39 67
7 Brentford 39 66
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 39 65
9 Nottingham Forest 39 57
10 Blackburn Rovers 39 54
11 Charlton Athletic 39 54
12 Sheffield Wednesday 39 53
13 Leeds United 39 52
14 Cardiff City 39 51
15 Birmingham City 38 47
16 Brighton and Hove Albion 39 45
17 Bolton Wanderers 39 45
18 Huddersfield Town 39 44
19 Reading 38 44
20 Fulham 39 43
21 Rotherham United 39 40
22 Wigan Athletic 39 35
23 Millwall 39 33
24 Blackpool 39 23