Derby County completed a tough work out against League One Coventry City and came away with a win despite missing a penalty and the lack of flood-lights toward the end of the game.
The first half of the Liberty Way Stadium game was, to be honest not the most exciting of games. The pitch was parched from the heatwave and very bobbly, which wasn’t conducive to good passing football. In fact the one move of note involved Andrea Wisdom the right back put in an amazing cross from the by-line and it found Brady Johnson free and in space. His header was powerful and gave the Coventry keeper no chance.
One nil at halftime was about the right score but Coventry was not out of the game and looked to put things right in the second period.
A complete change of personnel at halftime for the Rams as eleven subs took to the field. The game took on a similar look to the first as players found their feet. If anything Coventry now pushed up the field and looked more threatening.
Despite the pressure from Coventry, it was Derby who should have scored their second goal of the evening as a ball taken into the box by Omar Bogle was handled and spotted by the linesman. Penalty! and up stepped Tom Lawrence, his shot from the spot was saved by O’Brien in the Coventry goal.
The game then played out without any major incidents in either goal. One farcical fact was that Nuneaton Town had no intention of switching on their floodlights so as the game came to its conclusion a comical sight was fans in the stand holding up their phones with the lights on to illuminate the goal.
Onward and upward and the Rams look forward to meeting last seasons Championship Champions on Saturday at Pride Park.