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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.

Matches

Table

Sky Bet Championship

Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
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

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