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Match Preview: Derby County v Norwich City

9 April 2021

Norwich City travel to Pride Park this weekend with the potential of promotion to the Premier League in front of them.

Should City claim three points, and Swansea City and Brentford both fail to win, Norwich will be promoted.

Our Match Preview looks at how Derby have performed so far this season, as well as the officials in charge of Saturday's match and how you can follow the action live from home.

The opposition

Derby are 18th in the Championship ahead of the weekend following 11 wins, ten draws and 19 defeats.

Recent form has seen the Rams take five points from the last six league games courtesy of draws against Barnsley and Brentford, defeats to Millwall, Stoke City and Reading as well as a 2-0 win at home to Luton Town.

Derby began the season with Philip Cocu at the helm, but he and the club parted ways in November with the Rams rooted to the bottom of the league.

Wayne Rooney was then appointed manager and produced an upturn in results, seeing Derby rise to 18th and eight points clear of the relegation zone.

Colin Kazim-Richards is the club's top scorer this season with seven goals in all competitions.

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Head-to-head

In the 69 meetings between Norwich and Derby since 1960, there have been 28 Norwich wins, 22 Derby wins and 19 draws.

Last time we met, Rooney scored a late free-kick at Carrow Road to earn the Rams a 1-0 win in October.

As for our previous trip to Pride Park, that came in October 2018, Timm Klose giving the Canaries the lead before Craig Bryson scored in the 86th minute to salvage a 1-1 draw.

Ref watch

Michael Salisbury has been appointed to take charge of Saturday's match, Richard Wild and Nigel Lugg his assistants and Gavin Ward the fourth official.

Salisbury was last involved in a Norwich game for January's 1-0 win at home to Barnsley.

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How to follow

Saturday's match is available to watch on iFollow with a £10 match pass.

Please note that the game will not be free for season ticket holders as it's a weekend away game. All fans will be able to purchase a £10 match pass here.

The match will be made available to watch here.

iFollow is the only place you can watch this weekend's game. You gain access to HD four-camera coverage, replays and BBC Radio Norfolk commentary by tuning in.

This match is not available for overseas supporters to watch with their existing iFollow subscriptions.

City fans will be able to watch our matchday show NR1 LIVE, with City legends Darren Eadie and Rob Newman in the studio, on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube from 2.30pm.

Otherwise, Norwich City's website and social channels on TwitterFacebook and Instagram will provide regular updates.

To learn more about the variety of passes on offer to supporters this season, click here.

If you have any questions around our iFollow service, please check out answers to some FAQs here. Alternatively, please email ifollow@efl.com.

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Match Reports

Kieran Dowell nest winner at Derby as Canaries edge closer to automatic promotion

8 Hours ago

Norwich City edged a step closer to automatic promotion as Kieran Dowell scored the only goal of the game in a 1-0 win away at Derby County.

The result maintained the Canaries' 17-point gap over third placed Brentford, winners themselves away at Preston North End, with just 18 points available for the chasing pack.

Having won 7-0 at home to Huddersfield Town on Tuesday night, Daniel Farke named an unchanged side for the game at Pride Park. 

The Canaries went into the game knowing that because Swansea City, in fourth place, had won the early kick-off at Millwall any plans of being promoted today had been put on hold. However, that didn’t halt the momentum of the team, unbeaten in 12, as Kenny McLean sent an early effort over crossbar before Todd Cantwell warmed the gloves of Scottish keeper David Marshall with an effort from outside the box.

Dowell was then given a sight of a goal after 11 minutes, when Cantwell was fouled on the edge of the box by Graeme Shinnie, but his free kick went into the side netting.

That proved to be just a warning of what was to come though as, after 21 minutes, Dowell picked up a wayward pass from Craig Forsyth and ran towards the box only to be upended by the Derby County defensive midfielder. This free kick was a bit more central than the previous one and Dowell managed to curl an unstoppable effort over the wall and into the top corner of the net.

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Derby rarely troubled Norwich in the first half, but skipper Grant Hanley was in the right place when they did to block an effort from Colin Kazim Richards and head away another dangerous ball into the box.

At the other end Dowell, Cantwell and Dimitris Giannoulis all went close to extending the Canaries' advantage as the visitors went into the break on top and on course for another three points.

However, Derby started the second half brightly with Shinnie playing a ball over the top of the defence for Kazim-Richards to test Tim Krul for the first time and moments later, Taylor Mengi, on loan from Manchester United, curled an effort towards goal that Krul produced a top class save from.

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That forced Daniel Farke into a double change as he brought on Przemyslaw Placheta and Marco Stiepermann for Emi Buendia and Dowell.

The Derby pressure continued though as with 17 minutes to go former Canary Patrick Roberts slalomed his way into the City penalty area before Krul smothered his shooting opportunity on the edge of the six-yard area.

Substitute Louis Sibley then dragged a shot wide from the edge of the box.

However, Norwich hit back as the game approached the 80-minute mark as Teemu Pukki got in behind the home defence, only to be denied by a good tackle from Wisdom, before Cantwell volleyed an effort over from distance.

And having regained control of the proceedings, Norwich managed to see out the remaining minutes without too much worry although they were thankful to a wayward shot from Shinnie after Kazim-Richards had robbed Krul of possession outside of his area.  

Derby County: Marshall (GK); MacDonald (Ebosele, 83’), Wisdom, Mengi, Forsyth; Bird, Shinnie (C); Jozwiak (Sibley 68’), Roberts, Lawrence (Watson, 83’); Kazim-Richards.
Subs not used: Roos (GK), Buchanan, Ebosele, Baningime, Cresswell, Knight, Shonibare.
Bookings: 
Shinnie (12’), Bird (15’), Forsyth (20’), Roberts (67’)

Norwich City: Krul (GK); Aarons, Hanley (C), Omobamidele, Giannoulis; Skipp, McLean; Buendía (Placheta, 61’), Dowell (Stiepermann, 61’), Cantwell (Tettey, 88’); Pukki (Hugill, 85’).
Subs not used: Nyland (GK), Vrancic, Sorensen, Hernandez, Mumba.
Goals: Dowell (21’)

HT: 1-0
Venue: 
Pride Park
Referee: 
Michael Salisbury

Attendance: None

 

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