• Tom Rodgers

Last-gasp leveller denies Rams a much-needed win

Colin Kazim-Richards’ 83rd minute header was cancelled out by a last gasp Gustavo Hamer volley as Derby and Coventry shared the points on Tuesday night.

Kazim-Richards opened the scoring for the Rams as he climbed highest to nod home a Nathan Byrne cross.

Coventry kept at it and Mark Robins’ side were rewarded when the ball dropped to Hamer on the edge of the box and he volleyed the ball past Marshall for the equaliser.

The home side started well and had the first real chance of the game as Byrne’s ball down the side found Duane Holmes who’s cross was met by forward Kazim-Richards but he couldn’t trouble the Coventry goal.

Coventry came back with some pressure themselves as they worked the ball down the left-hand side as Ryan Giles whipped a ball across the face of goal but Callum O’Hare couldn’t connect to open the scoring.

Another great chance for the away side came and went not too long after as Kyle McFadzean’s long raking ball found Jordan Shipley but he could only head straight into the hands of David Marshall from 12 yards out.

Max Bird challenges in the air against Coventry. Photo: Derby County.FC.

The home side controlled the ball for the majority of the half and their first big chance broke for them mid way through the first half as Lee Buchanan found Kazim-Richards who flicked the ball over the defender but drilled an effort way wide of the far post.

Derby’s keep ball style of play nearly cost them when Matt Clarke made a mistake in his own box as he went to play the ball back but O’Hare couldn’t capitalise as his effort went wide with big shouts for a penalty.

Late on in the first half Derby must have thought they had taken the lead as Max Bird met Byrne’s low cross but his effort was saved by Ben Wilson in the Coventry goal.

The second half started slowly but soon came to life when Bird picked up the ball and played through Tom Lawrence who went down under a challenge from the Coventry defender but the referee waved the shouts away.

The away side should have taken the lead just moments later as Giles wicked cross was flicked on goal-wards by O’Hare but he couldn’t turn the ball home.

Derby controlled the ball for a large part of proceedings but struggled to find the breakthrough but Lawrence did sting the palms of keeper Wilson with a vicious volley with just ten minutes to play.

The breakthrough did come for Derby, however, with just seven minutes to play as Kazim-Richards climbed highest to power his header into the bottom corner.

The Rams must have thought that it was game over as Kazim-Richards picked out substitute Jack Stretton but his effort clipped off the top of the bar.

However, the Sky Blues would keep plugging away at Derby and in injury time they would be rewarded as the ball dropped to Gustavo Hamer on the edge of the area and he fired his volley in past Marshall to help his side take a point away from Pride Park.

Derby County: Marshall; Byrne (Davies 90′), Wisdom, Clarke, Buchanan; Bielik, Bird, Knight; Holmes (Stretton 80′), Kazim-Richards, Lawrence (Jozwiak 80′)

Unused subs: Roos, Forsyth, Shinnie, Sibley, Whittaker, Hector-Ingram

Coventry City XI: Wilson; Dabo, McFafzean, Hyam, McCallum (Ostigard 86′); Kelly, Hamer, Shipley (Jobello 77′); O’Hare (Bakayoko 89′), Walker (Biamou 77′), Giles

Unused subs: Camp, Rose, Allem, Sheaf, Bapaga

Report by Tom Rodgers