Crewe held by Rams
By James Pearson. Last Updated: 11/09/05 3:20pm
Crewe missed the chance to secure their second win of the Championship season after being held 1-1 by 10-man Derby County.
The Alex opened the scoring in the first half through Mark Rivers' simple header, although Morten Bisgaard's strike after half time earned a share of the spoils.
Derby found themselves down a man for the final 30 minutes of the contest with on loan Middlesbrough defender Andrew Davies seeing red for collecting two yellow cards.
Derby began the better of the sides with Marcus Tudgay heading over Tommy Smith's deep cross, but it was Crewe who took the lead.
Kenny Lunt's pin-point cross from the right was glanced home by Rivers in the middle to give Crewe a deserved lead.
Steve Foster almost doubled the home side's advantage, but Lee Camp produced a fine save to deny him from Lunt's left wing ball.
Derby came out a rejuvenated side after the break and were level just minutes into the half when Bisgaard capitalised on Ross Turnball's poor clearance by stroking the ball into the far post.
The Rams' hopes of securing all three points were hindered when Davies was sent off for earning his second booking for a challenge on Eddie Johnson when it appeared he won the ball.
Both side had chances to win the game with Luke Varney, Johnson and Tudgay going close but in the end a point apiece was a fair result.
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