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Pride Park Stadium (ATT 23,036) 16th February 2013 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: G Salisbury

Derby Derby County vs Wolverhampton Wanderers Wolves

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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 Derby County 13 26
2 Watford 13 25
3 Middlesbrough 13 23
4 Wolverhampton Wanderers 13 23
5 Norwich City 13 22
6 Nottingham Forest 13 22
7 Charlton Athletic 13 22
8 Bournemouth 13 21
9 Ipswich Town 13 20
10 Cardiff City 13 19
11 Blackburn Rovers 13 19
12 Brentford 13 19
13 Sheffield Wednesday 13 18
14 Rotherham United 13 16
15 Leeds United 13 16
16 Huddersfield Town 13 16
17 Reading 13 15
18 Millwall 13 14
19 Wigan Athletic 13 12
20 Brighton and Hove Albion 13 12
21 Birmingham City 13 11
22 Fulham 13 11
23 Bolton Wanderers 13 8
24 Blackpool 13 6