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Pride Park Stadium (ATT 23,153) 20th August 2005 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: T Kettle

Derby Derby County vs Cardiff City Cardiff

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Rams hold on for victory

By Ben Blackmore.   Last Updated: 20/08/05 7:00pm

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Derby wrapped up another three points with a 2-1 win at Pride Park, but manager Phil Brown was made to sweat after his side almost squandered a two-goal lead against Cardiff.

County marched into a strong position with goals from Morten Bisgaard and Inigo Idiakez, but a late lack of concentration saw Cardiff rally after they were given hope from Cameron Jerome's strike eight minutes from time.

The hosts were unchanged following last week's victory over Plymouth, and they started impressively as Grzegorz Rasiak brought a fine save from goalkeeper Neil Alexander.

Bisgaard then treated the home fans to something special, capping off some magical skill with a terrific strike that left Alexander no chance in the Cardiff goal.

Tommy Smith wasted a golden opportunity to extend the lead soon after, but the Derby faithful were not left to rue the miss for long, after Smith was cut down inside the area by Jermaine Darlington. Idiakez stepped up to cooly slot home the resulting spot kick.

Tempers were frayed throughout the encounter, and the half time break did nothing to settle things down, with ten players going in the referee's notebook.

Derby continued to look impressive in the second period, with Bisgaard and Paul Thirlwell going close, but as the game drew to a seemingly predictable close, The Rams took their foot of the pedal.

Seth Johnson was reintroduced to the jubilant home fans, but Cardiff were in no mood to give him an easy homecoming, with Jerome touching home Neil Ardley's cross near the end.

However, Cardiff could not complete the comeback, and it was Derby who came closest to finding the net again, with Marcus Tudgay striking an upright.

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Sky Bet Championship

Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
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 14 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 Fulham 14 14
20 Wigan Athletic 13 12
21 Brighton and Hove Albion 13 12
22 Birmingham City 13 11
23 Bolton Wanderers 13 8
24 Blackpool 13 6

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