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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 Watford 45 88
2 Bournemouth 44 84
3 Middlesbrough 45 84
4 Norwich City 45 83
5 Ipswich Town 45 78
6 Derby County 45 77
7 Brentford 45 75
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 45 75
9 Blackburn Rovers 45 64
10 Charlton Athletic 45 60
11 Birmingham City 45 60
12 Nottingham Forest 45 59
13 Cardiff City 45 59
14 Sheffield Wednesday 45 59
15 Leeds United 45 55
16 Huddersfield Town 45 54
17 Fulham 45 52
18 Bolton Wanderers 44 51
19 Reading 44 47
20 Brighton and Hove Albion 45 46
21 Rotherham United 44 42
22 Millwall 45 41
23 Wigan Athletic 45 39
24 Blackpool 45 25

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