Ravel Morrison scored the only goal to help Derby County produce one of the narrow football results of the weekend in the Championship. Both teams were down to ten men after the visitors had Liam Lindsay sent off in the 32nd minute before Max Bird received his marching orders in the 55th minute. Just when it looked like both teams would share the points, Morrison smashed in a loose ball in the 80th minute.
Derby’s Wayne Rooney: “It looked like a red card. He’s made a challenge, he has gone for the ball, he has felt he can win it and sometimes you mistime tackles. I did speak to the players at half-time. I said to them it is so important, we have an advantage with an extra player so it is so important we don’t waste that opportunity. It happened against Peterborough with Tom Lawrence and exactly what happened against Peterborough happened again. Of course, you don’t want players getting sent off. I understand sometimes it happens, sometimes you make a challenge where you feel you can win the ball, that is part of football, part of the game. The players are committed, you want them to play on that edge.”
Preston’s Ryan Lowe: “We’re disappointed. Obviously, the sending-off just kills momentum and we have to adapt a little bit. When they lose their man you think go on the front foot, I thought it was going to affect them more than us because they needed to find the win but they found it and we didn’t. I thought the game was going to be seen out as a 0-0, we were cagey and I thought Derby was definitely a little bit cagey. We felt we weren’t really going to score and they weren’t going to find a way of scoring unless it was from a mistake.”
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