Nigel Clough’s Burton battled to a vital point in their fight against relegation, probably ending Derby’s play off hopes in the process.
In a first half which was dominated by the home side there were very few chances, until two minutes before the break. After a free kick was cleared, the ball fell to Tom Ince whose shot fell to Darren Bent who skied over the bar from around three yards out, epitomising Derby’s night.
The second half was very similar two the first as much of it was spent with Derby having the ball in the Burton half without being able to find a breakthrough. They did come close less than a minute in when a Jacob Butterfield strike from range was well saved by Brewers keeper Jon McLaughlin when it appeared destined for the top corner.
The Rams then searched for a winner and came close to finding it in added time when substitute David Nugent shot wide when inside the area. Burton held on for a brilliant point which puts them five above the relegation zone. Derby now sit ten points behind the play offs and without a win in five in all competitions.
Derby manager Steve McClaren speaking post match:
Derby midfielder Jacob Butterfield speaking post match:
Next up for the us is a side who, like ourselves, are out of form in Steve Bruce’s Aston Villa. Bruce’s side are winless in ten and are currently just six points above the bottom three. The last fourteen games for us, now appear to be about finishing as high as we can, and with play offs out of reach, getting as many points as we can and preparing for next season.