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An East Midlands Derby. 23 miles, as the keeper flies from goal post to
goal post. Golden times for one side, saved in
the past. Just look at his face! Golden times for the ther right now.
Behind Vardy. He's done it. He has done it. He's done it. Leicester
City are the champions of England a shot tonight at glory. Derby County
verses Leicester City. You have got to be good to have played for both
of these teams. He wasn't a bad keeper, was he. More
from him later tonight. Two of his former clubs Derby County at and
Leicester City meet in the Emirates FA Cup for the first time in more
than century. With us here to enjoy Alan Shearer, a man who played for
both clubs in fact. It is nice when you pick up the Player of the Year
trophy. You see great names underneath it. This is an intense
drama in the East Midlands. It is. It has changed a bit now. When I
played for Leicester, it could go either way. If Derby beat Leicester,
it is a huge thing for Derby County. Is it possible? Leicester are just
above the relegation zone. Derby are kind of fighting for a play-off spot
in the championship. What would be the surprise? Derby will have a hell
of a chance tonight. They would have been rejuvenated un. Un. They will
fancy their chances tonight. Leicester need a moral boost in
victory of some sort to stop the rot. They do. They have not been
anywhere near what they were like last season. I know they are missing
one of their main players, but they have been poor for large parts of
this season. I think it will be a welcome distraction for them to get
away from league football and play in the FA Cup and away from the
pressure, which hopefully for them and their fans, they can put in a
better performance than what we have seen for large parts of the season.
A big opportunity in front of a big crowd here for Derby to play against
the Premier League side. They played Man United in the FA Cup last season
and didn't really perform. They got beaten 3-1. They never had a go at
Manchester United. We can see Steve McClaren. An unusual camera inside
the dressing room, which we have got in there this evening. This was
obviously a short while ago. Steve giving his team talk to his players
and pepping them up. We thought we'd take the opportunity to do it rather
than when they got changed. You never know - it is quite early in
the evening. Around 30,000 fans are here for tonight's match, including
5,000 Leicester fans, who have made their way the 20-odd miles up the
M1. It is a big night for the man we have just seen, former England
manager, Steve McClaren. Three months into his second spell here in
charge at Derby. He has spoken to Dan Walker.
Derby are unbeaten at home. Thanks for talking to us before the game.
Travelling on the train there are a few people suggesting that you are
favourites for this match. Do you dismiss that out of hand? I told you
not to ask me that! It is the Premier League champions. And it was
always going to be difficult, the second year after winning it. They
have proved in Cup competitions, especially in Europe, that they are
still strong. Put a strong side out, hard to beat. Showed us respect.
Obviously on that left-hand side against Tom Ince. We need patience
there. But, no, we are kind of looking at a lot of confidence and
belief, what we had against West Brom, what we have at home, to keep
that, because if we don't have that we'll lose the game. We need
confidence and belief tonight to win. You have spoken about the
importance of the home crowd. You, like Leicester, have picked a strong
side. It seems neither side wants a replay? We don't. We will go for
that in 95 minutes. It is what it is. We want a performance. We want
to start well. We want to be front-foot aggressive and make sure
we get a performance and gradually build strong and finish strong. We
want a performance like we got against West Brom away. Let's see
what happens. Thank you for talking to us. Cheers!
There is plenty of experience in the Derby team, starting with Scott
Carson in goal. The Northern Ireland defender Chris
Baird played in the Cup final in 2003 for Southampton. Richard Keogh
has not missed a Cup game in two years. In mid-field they have the
highly-rated Will Hughes and Bradley Johnson returned after a one-match
ban and we will talk about Tom Ince in a moment. Darren Bent is still a
real threat at 32. We will hear from him a little bit later. I want to
start with a bright young prospect, Will Hughes, played many times for
England under-21s. What do you make of him? Highly thought of here at
Derby. Made his Debbie at 16. 21 years of age. Played over 170 games.
He is experienced for being someone so young.
He was out for a lot of the last season, for eight months with a
ruptured ligament. I know about that a lot. It is chilly out there! I
know how difficult it is to come back from an injury like that. You
need half a season to get back, to feel you belong at that level.
Before he did that, there was talk about him moving on to bigger and
better things. That set him back. He's back to normal ways. It took
you half a season to get back, did it? Six or seven months. A bad
injury. It is good to see he's back and fit. Another young man we seem
to have talked about him for a long time is Tom Ince, of course. What do
you think of his progress? He's been in goal-scoring form of late. I
think the 4-3-3 system suits him. He had a go for Crystal Palace. He
scored 25 goals in 30 games under Steve McClaren. He's confident for a
goal. He can take a kick. He's a very confident player. Double
figures again this season. You know, so he likes playing here at Derby in
a 4-3-3 system. They are quite an attacking cider bi, and Leicester,
most of their success last season was on the counterattack, so do you
think it could be a game that Derby have more possession and more
attacks? Well, listening to Steve there and in his interview with Dan,
when said said, do you think you are favourites? I don't see any harm in
him saying, why aren't we favourites? The way Leicester have
played this season, the way that Derby have been... If he loses it
doesn't look so bad. Why can't he be confident? His team are doing very
well since he came back here into the football club and I don't think
it would have done any harm to be full of confidence and say, we can
win this game. Let's turn to the champions, where last year's triumph
has been followed by a season of struggle.
Oh, what a screamer! Riyad Mahrez... Fantastic strike!
Leicester City are the Premier League champions. Anything is
possible... Leicester City have sold Cante to
Chelsea. Ladies and gentlemen, the coach of the year, Claudio
Ranieri... You cannot be saying, sack Ranieri!
I am not doing -- they are not doing the dirty works. They are not doing
the basics. The Player of the Year, Mahrez. Mahrez is dropped to the
bench. Jamie Vardy is nominated for the...
Red card and Leicester City are just imploding. It has been some form for
the champions. How far will they drop? Leicester City's search for an
away-day win continues. It was good, it is my fault... Southampton...
This moment it everything is wrong. It appears that everything is wrong
at the moment for Leicester. They are conceding more than two goals a
game away from home and the attack has dried up as well. Let's find out
what Claudio Ranieri will do this evening. He's with Dan.
Good evening. Diamonds are not forever, can you tell us what you
have gone for tonight from a Leicester perspective? The tactic is
to try and win the match. Of course we want to react after the defeat to
Chelsea and Southampton. It is a Derby against Derby County and we
knew it would be a tough match. But we are in the Premier League. They
are the underdog, of course. They want to beat us. But also we want to
make it good tonight. You have won a Cup in Italy and Spain, do you think
a Cup run here could help your faltering league form at the moment?
When you win, the players get more confidence and we need to get
confidence at this moment, because we are little, little sad.
And I have got to ask you as well; it seems strange to ask the question
to the man who has won the title last season, do you feel under
pressure at all at the moment as Leicester boss? I am under pressure
for myself. I want the maximum in every match. Of course we want to
make something better for our fans, for our chairman, of course and for
ourselves. You have won something this week. Congratulations on your
hoptry dock trait. Mr Lineker in our studio is also an honorary doctor
from the same university. I will leave you Gary to do the
doctor-doctor joke! Dr Who would be it especially after
your diamonds aren't forever line! Kasper Schmeichel. Wes Morgan
alongside Robert Huth, who played for Stoke in 2011.
Ben Chilwell is pushed into mid-field.
Riyad Mahrez is only on the bench after returning from the African Cup
of nations. Up front Shinji Okazaki is playing
behind Jamie Vardy. And there is Jamie Vardy.
What has gone wrong with Leicester City this season? As well as their
back four and their goalkeeper were last season and they were, but the
three main players last year were Kante, the star of the show for me,
but they cannot keep on using him as an excuse, Mahrez was brilliant last
season. He looks disinterested this season. Jamie Vardy to me looks as
if he's had his head turned by success. I see him on front covers
of magazines: He has signed a bumper new contract. He is no longer doing
what brought him success last season. I know it is difficult
getting to the top. I tell you what, it is more difficult staying there.
What does it take to stay there? Everyone knows what you are good at.
Everyone knows what your strengths and weaknesses are. But you have to
do the basics and Jamie Vardy and Leicester are not doing the basics.
Look at those stats there, they tell you. First or second in the vast
majority of things last year, they are ranked 14th and 15th this year.
They are in the league. They are having a terrible time. And, as I
said, they are not working as hard, they are t no closing down, they are
not tackling as much. And this Leicester are in the red here
against Chelsea. They are not closing down. That is far, far too
easy for any team, let alone Chelsea with the ability. Not Going with
players, not sticking with their runners. It is happening time and
time again. You cannot give anyone this amount of time on the ball, let
alone some good players. Look at the lack of the closing down. It is far,
far too easy for teams out there they are playing against now. This
is Sunderland who are bottom of the Premier League. They have to do
better. Look at the lack of effort from Mahrez there. You have to go
and close them down. You have to stop the cross coming into the box.
When the football does eventually come back into the box, look at the
number of players they have got there trying to defend. No-one is
near the players at all. Goes there... Nothing. No closing down.
If you don't put pressure on the ball, that means you have to have
some mid-field protection. That is not happening neither. There's no
pressure on the ball. No protection. A long ball up again. And the
defender gets turned too easily. Look at the lack of effort to stop
the cross coming into the box. There is nothing. You cannot go into games
playing like. This no pressure again. There is no-one within five
yards of Defoe. It is a good finish. That is why they are struggling this
season. Does it not highlight in a way the
miracle... How well they have done. This what Leicester are. It is
amazing to see today the team he's picked. He's reverted to the team
that won him the league last year. Players who know about passion. The
new side haven't settled, so he's reverted to a team who won last
year. Hard working. I don't think the new... How do they get out of
the rut? By doing the basics. Once you do the basics, then the rest
follows. You have to look at the teams who have stayed at the top and
you have to say, you respect them and how well they have done. To
actually stay there, when everyone knows what you are about is very,
very difficult. OK, well let's hear from a man whose combined transfers
add up to ?50 million. Darren Bent enjoying a new lease of life under
Steve McClaren. He has been speaking to us.
That West Brom tie a couple of weeks ago you picked up with an un-Darren
Bent like goal. What was that, 20 yards?
It was a fantastic goal from me. I know that there were comments but
anyone watching the game said we held our own and we got the result.
It was not a typical, my type of goal but sometimes you take a chance
and these things happen and luckily, for me, it went into the top corner.
Now there is Leicester City in your patch, did you like everyone else
stand back in amazement to watch what they achieved? It was just a
fantastic story. It was brilliant for football worldwide. It showed it
is possible. I know that Derby County supporters
would take real satisfaction if they can beat Leicester just because of
that, they are the champions? It sets a marker, what a better way to
test yourself in your home patch to see where you are. To put down a
marker to see where we are. After the West Brom game, which would say
that we are ready to play them. So, that is the day job. Trainers, you
have a few, don't you? Yes, it's a collection. I started collecting
them and now I have thousands and thousands.
Thousands? Yeah, loads and loads. There was a time I was collecting
50, to 06 pairs a month. Like an obsession? I don't buy them
to be trainers, to be flashy but I bought them as I like collecting the
trainers. I like Michael Johnson, I have a lot of his trainers. It is a
hobby for me. I don't do golf or these things, I collect trainers,
that's just my hobby! You can get away with it, Darren, as you get
older, middle-aged men and flashy trainers don't always work, although
it may not happen to you! I don't know if it is a case of being
flashy. You are not a middle-aged man
issue... Well, it is a hobby. But I have family, that is more relevant.
It is a nice hobby to have but it doesn't happen as much as it used
to. So, there is a choice, your
favourite pair of trainers or an FA Cup medal, which one do you take?
The FA Cup medal all day long. To play in the Cup finals is
magnificent. So if you are offering me a FA Cup medal, I would take your
hand off. So would Alan Shearer.
We are inside the Derby County dressing room. The players are
getting ready. The final preparations before the game that
commences shortly. It is trillioning seeing Darren Bent there. I can't
spot him at the moment but I'm sure he is there somewhere. He scored 200
career goals. Nine in the last ten cup games. He has the firepower if
he gets the opportunities? He loves to run in behind. He's had a very
good career, as has been mentioned, the transfer fees he's gone to. He's
been to a lot of Football Clubs. He never really seems to have settled
at either but he scored the goals. It probably has not gone as well as
he thought it should have but if you give him chances he should score the
goals. And Steve McClaren, with Tom Ince
and Darren Bent, they thrive under Steve McClaren.
And collections? Hairsprays? You ought to see the jacket he has in
the dressing room! Now, now! Now, down to kick-off side, where Dan has
a proud dad. Yes, a very proud father and a nervy
father. Let's talk about this Paul, Derby
fancy this? Definitely. I think when you look at how Leicester are
playing. They are conceding goals away.
Derby had a massive result her against Reading, so they are
fancying their chances. We have been talking about yourson,
Tom, we heard that he could work down the left-hand side. I wonder
how much of the quality and the goals that we are seeing recently,
is that down to Steve McClaren or is Tom knockling down to work harder? I
think it's a bit of both. Under the previous manager, it was not
conducive to the way that Tom played or the whole team. Steve McClaren
has come in, he has gone back to the 4-4-3 system, and they have been
successful. Getting promoted and he's playing with a smile on his
face. The players know what they are doing. They are comfortable with the
system. Hopefully that will be how it is tonight.
The teams are about to come out. You can see the flags waves. Leicester
know that they are in trouble in the league. It could be a big night for
Derby too? For sure, from a confidence point of view. They are
five points off relegation. There are talks about the chairman not
being happy. As I say, it will be a tough, tough game for them out here.
It is a massive crowd. A Premier League Stadium. Hopefully Derby can
get the right result. Gary, I should say that the governor
is not happy, he's getting the cashmere wet! I'm devastated. I
can't believe that Robbie Savage is sitting in the studio nice and warm.
They must have got the CV skills wrong! Punned incompetentry skills!
! So, the teams are lined up in the tunnel. The weather has turned a
little nasty. A little sleety. A little cold. How do you see it going
tonight? I think that Derby will struggle, I'm going for Leicester.
Robbie? I'm going for Derby. They know that Leicester are vulnerable.
I think if they go for it here, they can beat Leicester City.
Now time to head over to the commentary team.
Well, it's a real FA Cup atmosphere bubbling here inside Pride Park.
These two teams are separated by less than 25 miles. Both have gone
strong in terms of the teams. It's good to see in the public Derby on
the back of their victory at the weekend against Reading, with one
change for Derby. Well, Claudio Ranieri, of course,
has been to an FA Cup final as a manager but tonight it is all about
winning again. They hope that this can kick-start
the season and get them into the fifth round of the FA Cup. Derby are
quick to play down the favourite's tag.
Away tickets have been sold. It's a very short journey for the Leicester
supporters, who have only seen their team win once away from home all
season, that was in this competition in the previous round at Everton.
The Premier League champions being refereed by a Premier League
official, Mark Clattenburg is the man in the middle this evening.
Tom Ince really has come alive under Steve McClaren again.
Nine goals in his last 13 games. Derby have never lost when he has
scored. Jamie Vardy couldn't stop scoring
for Leicester last season. A hat-trick in the Premier League
against Manchester City but apart from that he's not scored in 20 of
the last 21 games. He will see this as a perfect
platform to end that record. So it is Derby, seventh in the
championship against the Premier League champions, currently 15th in
the table. All eyes in East Midlands on Pride
Park tonight. Derby hoping this will be a famous FA Cup night. Both have
important games to come in the week domestically. But for the next 90
minutes, it is all about the FA Cup, it is all about the East Midlands
Derby and it is the hosts that get us under way in the driving rain.
With 30,000, we have all of the ingredients for the FA Cup.
Delighted to say that beside me is Graham le Saux. How do you see it?
Well, Derby have to test if Leicester have the togetherness and
the confidence to put up a fight in this game.
Derby stretched down the right-hand side. Tom Ince and Hughes. Countered
by Claudio Ranieri bringing in Fuchs and Chilwell. Lest have to find
something to believe. Steve McClaren talked about a fast
start for Derby. To help them take the game to
Leicester. Here's the highly rated Will Hughes.
Olsson to Johnny Russell. Put under pressure by Shinji
Okazaki. Excellent work by the full back.
Full of confidence. Derby are a passing team. They like to take
their time. They are patient. They control the ball. Leicester, they
will be happy for Derby to have possession.
The counterattacking style suited them so much last season with the
success it brought them. This was Okazaki... . Nothing in
that, it's a fair challenge. Bradley Johnson put his arm across him a
little bit. Okazaki is never really in control of the ball there. He
just eased him off it. Five goals this season, Okazaki.
His energy was an important part of their success last season.
Okazaki's is an important role. He has to do defensive work.
In his mindset he is happy to work hard but he has to work hard to get
up to Vardy in that system, where there are two up front.
Steve McClaren taking his seat as he always doeses in the first half of
the games in the stand. Although at the weekend against
Reading he left it after 10 minutes, Derby were that poor.
Olsson to keep it alive for Derby. This is Craig Bryson.
There could be a break on here for Leicester. Slipped at the last
moment there, Okazaki. He did everything right. He took his time.
He didn't rush the pass, even though Vardy made an excellent pass in
front of him. He just slips here, subsequently Keogh gets a slightly
unfortunate foul. He does like the artillery view.
-- aerial view. It's been a fantastic success and
confidence that you can see in Derby's performances lately. They
have built momentum, and that's what Claudio Ranieri is desperate for.
He's tried different systems and personnel but he's still des rately
looking for the amount of games he can get to build confidence in the
team. He just needs a bit of a run. Hoping that tonight is the start of
it. You had that experience when you
were with Blackburn with Mr Alan Shearer? Absolutely. If you don't
start a season well, it is very easy to find yourself stuck in a rut.
Fortunately for us had at Blackburn, it didn't take too long, seven, ten
games maybe. Where did you finish? Probably
seventh, sixth? I'm not the statistics man, that's you.
Numerous players losing their footing. Forward from Morgan...
Header falls to Albrighton. Simpson with the throw.
Much more familiar looking Leicester team and shape tonight.
Drinkwater... A challenge from Johnson.
There's King, knows all about this fixture, that was important in
Ranieri's fixture tonight. The good thing about Leicester in the opening
minutes is they are pressing high. They are winning the ball back quite
quickly from Derby in advanced positions.
A crossing opportunity now of Olsson. Once again good work,
Albrighton carries the team in terms of his energy. A good catalyst for
the effort Leicester put in. Linked up well there with Vardy.
Marc Albrighton Al, who will always have a piece of history having
scored the Champions League goal for Leicester.
Here is Albrighton's corner. Carson backpedalled. In the end, it
is an awful own goal. Darren Bent cannot believe it! Eight minutes in.
And in the most bizarre circumstances, with Darren Bent's
own goal, Leicester are in front. . Didn't get the chance to talk
about set pieces yet. Derby in their last few games have been appalling
at set pieces. The first ball in, Leicester players have a good run at
the ball. And that is just appalling! By an experienced player.
He's got time. He sees the ball. He shouldn't be distracted! How he
fails to get a decent contact on this! Baffling!
A man who has such a fantastic goal-scoring record at the right
end, at the more recognisable end, in this competition, has a moment to
try and forget that. What is the Derby response? Appealed for
handball. Mark Clattenburg took the view and
straightaway dismissed it. No sooner have they scored they get an
opportunity, Derby, down the right-hand side. The ball comes off
Bent. I have to say, on that replay, Morgan, his arms in front of his
body, not a penalty. Okazaki... We mentioned Leicester's
run, we mentioned that only once away from home all season, that was
in the FA Cup. Claudio Ranieri woke up this morning he would ask for
fortune and luck. He may feel it has not gone his way, but he has it
here. That is the most bizarre goal. I don't think I have seen anything
like that. He had time, clear sight of the goal and almost managed to
kick it backwards into the net. Russell... What is Derby's response
now? Huth, who has played in an FA Cup
final, he lost with Stoke, back in 2011.
Olsson on the overlap. Comfortably cleared by Morgan.
No foul on Hughes. Drinkwater to Vardy. That combination that was so
lethal and productive... That stays in. Hughes there feeling he had been
fouled by Drinkwater in retrieving the ball. But how quickly did
Drinkwater turn defence into attack? The Bent action.
The ball hits him on the arm, but absolutely no penalty there. A good
decision by Mark Clattenburg. Darren Bent, 24 games in the FA Cup
in his career, scored 16 goals. His goal at the wrong end, that is the
difference here at Pride Park. He cannot believe it. No Derby
supporter or Darren Bent will be able to believe this. The first ball
in, a lot of space for Leicester to operate in. Huth gets the first
ball. He just slices it off that left foot. He's got everything wrong
with that, hasn't he? Technically. Nowhere to hide! Derby behind... He
looks as baffled as I sound! Wanted a fast, positive start, now
he's got to see what his team are made of. You cannot account for
that, can you? Derby have done all right. They have this 4-3-3 system
that suits them. Where they are vulnerable, Steve, is the fact that
Bradley Johnson is z the only deep-line mid-field player, so they
will be exposed. That means that Keogh and Pearce sometimes have to
step out of their position, which could give Vardy the chance to get
between them, get in behind them. Very important that those two
centre-backs talk and have a real understanding of each other's
position. The noise of the Leicester City
supporters, nearly 5,500 of them, that you can hear at the moment. The
Derby supporters are a little shell-shocked at the opening events
in the opening eight minutes. Earlier in January, 150th appearance
for Leicester. Keogh's header.
Back from Pearce... Leicester definitely getting control
of this game more. Drinkwater getting quite a lot of the ball.
Olsson... Russell... Wes Morgan, trying to backpedal. Was looking for
Bent. Hughes couldn't get there. That is brilliant play by Russell
down that left-hand side. Morgan, sucked into an area that he doesn't
want to be in. He has no pace to deal with those one-on-one
situations. Russell uses his pace. And the ball gets a slight touch by
Bent, which diverts it from Hughes. Fortunate for the mid-field player.
He would have hit the target with that left foot.
Olsson... Craig Bryson, the offender. Okazaki
stepped across the ball here to protect it.
And Bryson there is going for the ball.
But Okazaki gets in the way first. Started the last five games, the
Scottish international. They do have Jacob Butterfield among
the substitutes tonight. Mahrez is for Leicester.
Back from the African Cup of Nations.
Much happier, Drinkwater, doesn't he, in this system? Every time the
ball is cleared, it seems to land at his feet. A much better connection
between the players in this game. It is a good run from Albrighton.
In control at the moment, Leicester. When they had possession there, they
look like they offer a threat. Okazaki is one of those important
players, that he forms a link with Vardy. They look dangerous going
forward. Derby are showing signs themselves that they will cause
Leicester problems defensively. It is an open game.
Well, Derby will remember what happened in the last corner. Steve
McClaren has not lasted long upstairs today, along side his
assistant. Fuchs with a corner, over Morgan.
There's a Derby free kick. Andy King there just letting the
referee know that the assistant referee kept his flag by his side
when he made that challenge and he was only a few yards from it. I
think Mark Clattenburg saw it from a better position.
Olsson to Baird. In the cup final of 2003, to Southampton. Given away
there. Only his second ever career start that day, when they lost to
Arsenal. Good press by Leicester here.
Alan Shearer saying that I have to do the basics well. If they carry on
like this, they'll be happy if it gets to half-time, because they are
doing all the basics well at the moment.
Olsson, stepping inside Drinkwater. Hughes was quickly closed down.
Baird has time to steady himself. No chances taken by Albrighton.
Derby's first corner of the game. The energy of Albrighton helping his
team-mate out. A decent ball in, deep.
Albrighton having the back of Simpson there, covering him.
Bryson with the corner. A Derby corner.
Ince with it. Schmeichel's punch but own as far as
Hughes. A little touch from Bent! He scored a goal! And he's got Derby
back on course! Darren Bent, after his horror moment at one end, does
what he does best, once again at the other end! 1-1.
I think that's what you call redeeming yourself! Darren Bent
getting to the ball first. A glancing header but the accuracy and
the direction of it. An excellent ball in by Tom Ince. A lot of whip.
He does well in the first instance. It's not a lot out but it's the
direction. It's an excellent header. Schmeichel, no chance! Well, Darren
Bent has scored in all five FA Cup appearances for Derby.
He scored in 10 of his last 11 FA Cup ties. That's the response... Of
the Derby management team watching! The more you see that, what an
excellent finish that was, by the experienced Bent. And after what had
happened, that was a big goal for Darren Bent.
That's the advantage of being a striker, you have less if you are a
defender. Not that I could have headed the
ball like that, though! This team have had such a proud defensive
record. Until the weekend game against Read, they had kept eight
clean sheets at home. Probably why he was frustrated at the own goal.
The free kick has gone short. Albrighton... Carson watched it all
the way. Steve McClaren's last game in charge
of England, Scott Carson was there, against Croatia.
Offside. Thumbs up for the idea.
Good Jung between Hughes and Bent there, he just went a little early
with the run. It's difficult to pick up Hughes on those situations,
playing on the right but cutting on his left.
Here's Olsson. The Swedish international has time to attack
Simpson. Derby corner. Just about did enough there,
Simpson. He was off balance but managed to keep in line with the
ball and make a block. The game is getting open now, isn't it? Bryson's
corner. A catch for Schmeichel.
He's not often had a game without a clean sheet.
A nice exchange between Messers McLaren and Ranieri.
Olsson. Certainly a goal that was needed at that stage. Yes, Leicester
had settled into the match. It's the best I've seen them play for some
time. I have seen a lot of them, obviously
that terrific performance against Manchester City a few weeks back but
the way that they're playing, the togetherness and the shape of the
team, they look a lot more comfortable.
Not sure Huth was expecting that pass. Okazaki, bursting to his
right. Okazaki going alone! Drawing the save from Scott Carson.
It's that wonderful link between Vardy and Okazaki. Keogh doing
everything he can to get control of the situation as a defender. Okazaki
is on to his right foot. That's an excellent save by Carson.
Vardy has everybody back for the corner.
Darren Bent is in a similar position.
In the air by Keogh. Drinkwater beat them to it.
Just a word in his ear from Mark Clattenburg.
Russell got their first. A little late. But a good decision by Mark
Clattenburg. No need to get carried over with the cards. It's just a
simple missed time tackle. Not a huge amount in it.
Just going back to the Derby corners, defensively, there is a
huge gap in the vulnerable area of the ghoul mouth, that six-yard area.
The first corner altered in the goal, nobody attacked the first
ball, so it was allowed to travel across the six-yard line. Same again
there. That's a lot of vulnerable space for Steve McClaren's team.
At West Brom, round three, their first win against a high division
team in 31 years. They're trying to repeat it again tonight.
Put out of play by Alex Pearce. Simpson looking for some movement
from the throw. Looking for Drinkwater.
, the 21-year-old is still going. A free kick to Derby.
Wonderful close control by Hughes. Good awareness and the power and
speed to get away from the defenders there.
Quickly taken to Ince. Ince's 150th start against Reading
at the weekend. For a 20-year-old...
Bradley Johnson trying to find Ince and succeeding.
Once again good work by letters. Forcing Derby back. They're getting
into the game. Especially, Hughes. Tom Ince is a little quiet.
Struggling to get a lot of possession. They are going to be
key, as we said, before the game. It's vital when Derby do get the
ball, as Bradley Johnson did, to get the ball to Tom Ince, to try to
isolate him against him and Fuchs. So, 1-1 after half an hour, let's
see what Paul Ince thinking. Paul, you are concerned about, even
though it is 1-1, about the large spaces in the Derby mid-field? Yeah,
to be fair, I think Derby showed Leicester too much respect.
Obviously, Bent giving the goal away but wince they got the equaliser
they seemed to start believing. But when they are attacking, when
Leicester gain possession, they go on to the back four and create
chances. They push up on Vardy, and Okazaki,
they should be pushed up more and then they can go forward. Thank you,
Dan. Another set piece for Derby. Back
into a similar position again. From Albrighton to King.
An important touch that took it away from Wes Morgan.
Too strong for Morgan. Trying to improvise, Okazaki. He did
really well. Bradley Johnson bringing it clear.
Once again, Derby looking vulnerable at the set piece. Nobody is
attacking the ball. Most teams now have a couple of zonal markers,
coverings between the goals on the six-yard line and then man to man.
It seems that Derby are going man-to-man, so if a Leicester player
gets a run on a Derby player, they are going to get to the ball first
and it all seems a little last-ditch in those situations.
Nugent, incidentally, out through injury.
Ince has a wonderful ability with the ball. Okazaki tracking back but
stopping him in his tracks. Bradley Johnson looking for Hughes.
Chilwell in the way. Steve McClaren was in charge of
Derby in the last meeting between these two clubs. They lost 4-1. The
Leicester goal-scorers that day was David Nugent.
This is Christian Fuchs territory. Everybody back for Derby inside
their own penalty area. Huth is forward for Leicester.
Beaten to it by Keogh... A good player, Keogh on the long
throw. Challenged by Huth. Chilwell there getting a little
overexcited in trying to get the ball off Tom Ince.
Not too many empty seats inside Pride Park this evening.
And the main aim of course is to ensure that they're playing in the
Premier League next season, and Leicester's aim is to ensure that
they are as well! This is a tie neither want to lose.
You look at both sides, very even. Steve McClaren wanted to use tonight
as a test of potential Premier League credentials, wanted to see
how his team would fare against the reigning champions.
Bent hasn't given this up, neither has Ince.
A strong header from Bradley Johnson.
Now Vardy. Been very quiet so far. Got Leicester a corner there.
Der Derby spent the last five minutes pressing high up up the
pitch, trying to retrieve the ball. In doing that they leave themselves
a little open. Vardy finding plenty of space, deciding as Derby players
stood off him, he would take the shot. Pearce it is. It is Pearce who
makes the contact. Another Leicester corner.
The referee's whistle had already gone. Out of play. Keogh, with a
header anyway. Claudio Ranieri, who saw his team
come here on the back of two 3-0 defeats.
Aware that a victory would lift fragile confidence levels.
11 away games in the Premier League so far this season.
Super fast touch. He's still going! Craig Bryson, to give Derby the
lead. His first goal of the season.
And what an environment to get it! Derby having been one down, lead
2-1. What an excellent finish. As soon as he got control of the goal
he was direct, power and pace to get himself away.
Just a wonderful individual goal. He picks the ball up here. There are
plenty of Leicester players around him. They don't have the pace.
Morgan is exposed down that right-hand channel. And the desire
Bryson shows, excellent couple of touches to get it under control and
then a confident finish with his left foot. Those touches there get
him away from mid-field. His pace gets him past Morgan. He gets the
slightest touch from Huth. An excellent finish!
Showing terrific character to turn this around in the first half. Just
look what it means to Steve McClaren. Just listen to the noise!
Craig Bryson was touch and go tonight because of a hip problem.
He made it and he's made his mark with that goal.
The fans are behind them and Derby suddenly look like they're going to
finish the game on a bit of a high. Tom Ince, just a minute ago, getting
into a situation with Fuchs, but it was well defended by the Leicester
full-back. An important tackle. Drinkwater, closed down by the goal
scorer, Bryson. No foul by Hughes. Here come Derby
again. Bent... A super ball. They've got options
here, Derby. Russell just turned into traffic.
It is a Leicester throw. Definitely a change of tactic in this last ten
minutes with Derby pressing the energy they are using. That is how
they got the goal. He was on his front foot. Was the first to get to
the ball and then just kept going. Lovely finish into that far corner
as well. Quite literally got Pride Park off
their seats! It didn't start well this first half
for his team. Certainly ended well. That is Steve McClaren signalling
impressed. Wants them to finish with this energy. The flag stayed down,
it is Bent. He's got Ince to his right.
Here he is... Only Vardy to aim for and he's found
him. Vardy is annoyed with himself that
was behind Okazaki. Albrighton might be able to make
something of it here. Two in the penalty area.
Too strong for Vardy. Heart in the mouth stuff for Derby.
A couple of silly mistakes, really. Allowed Leicester almost to create
some opportunities for themselves. You can see two Leicester players in
the box. Good run to the near post by
Chilwell. Just the weight of the pass, a little bit too heavy for
Vardy. Only once in the last six sessions
with the lead. Missed that one. Just the one minute of time to add
on at the end of the first half, which has certainly been eventful.
It has been a fantastic half. Leicester starting well. They were
pressing Derby, and having success with that. Derby spun it on their
head and doing the same to Leicester. It is Leicester who look
uncomfortable. You would expect the level at which Leicester play at
they would be more used to this type of pressing and have the quality to
be able to deal with it. But they have looked vulnerable.
He's repairing his words for half-time. It is only seconds away.
Fuchs throws that in, headed away by Bradley Johnson.
Well, at the break it is advantage Derby. Claudio Ranieri has some
talking to do. Darren Bent has been involved. An own-goal in a bizarre
fashion to give Leicester the lead inside eight minutes. His header got
Derby level before Craig Bryson with his first goal of this season put
the championship team in front for the first time on the night.
At the break, and a very noisy Pride Park, it is Derby County, two.
Leicester City, one. No shortage of excitement, a
terrific atmosphere. We are thrilled. Two great pundits! Derby
have been superb after gifting Leicester a goal in comical fashion.
The way they came back and felt their way into the game after 15-20
minutes. I think they thoroughly deserved their lead at half-time. It
was bizarre circumstances. They looked dangerous from set pieces.
This goal, it is comical. The funny thing is Darren Bent initially does
everything right. He's in that near post space. When the ball goes over
his head he has to try and get back on that post, he does that. It has
come off Baird. You see his movement. Gets back On to the line.
He, just before the game, talking about trainers, I thought he had a
pair on there! He redeemed himself later. Quite comical in some ways.
Scratching his head in disbelief there, as you might expect. We have
the dressing room ra there. Some animated goings on in the dressing
room. I am sure they are pleased in there. I cannot see Steve McClaren
at the moment or indeed Darren Bent, who has obviously scored at both
ends of the pitch. And Derby did come back well.
You have to say, it might have been a comical own-goal but a classical
header in response. It was a superb header t way he drifts between the
two or three defenders. A lovely run, Ince. That is a
fantastic header. Not easy at all. It is one of those where you glide
and hope to get it on target. You go between the two defenders there. He
is quickest to react. It is a superb header. That is what Derby deserve.
It is funny watching them this season, this season everything is
going in the corner. It is a remarkable difference. But the
header zipped off the surface. Schmeichel couldn't get there. There
was not too much in it, the different tactics. Derby went ahead
with that what you have to say was a brilliant finish. Superb finish from
Bryson. From a Leicester point of view this
sums their season up for me. They are second to react. They don't pick
up the second ball quick enough. Bryson is quicker than anyone to
react. It is one hell of a finish. Don't get me wrong. Look at the lack
of reaction from the two mid-fielders. They are so slow to
react. On the same line. Look at that! Not a tackle there. Go on
through. A brilliant finish. And that is exactly what I said before
the game. This is the ugly side of the game. Doing the tackling bit,
the working bit, quick to react. If you don't, that is when you get
punished. Just touched Huth's toe. Probably going in the corner,
anyway. Steve McClaren delighted. You can see Bryson surging into the
box. Makes a tackle before he gets in to the box. If he gives a free
kick away, so what? You can see Morgan moving his feet. He didn't
throw himselves at the ball. The mid-fielders have got to be quick to
react. They have to react off each other. There was so much space in
the middle of the park. Leicester did win the league last season,
didn't they? It is not good enough. What is the
hope for Leicester the way things are going? The hope is that I'm
seeing in this game what we saw last season, is that there's so much
space in front of that Derby back four, that Leicester have and can
again in the second half hit Derby on the break. They have had two or
three positions here where they actually should do better. Okazaki
breaks here. That happened time and time again
last season. Look at the two in front of him. The runs there.
If they split, they split too late. Okazaki doesn't pass it. He doesn't
have a shot at goal. That was the first instance. Another one happens
here. They win the ball and now they have got men bursting forward. So
much space again in front of that, the two centre halves. This time
there's no runners. He goes for goal and that is an excellent save. And
that is the one hope, I think, for Leicester, is if, and I am sure that
can happen again in the second half, it happened once more for Vardy
again, numbers pushing forward. Vardy doesn't do enough for me. He
should go past him there, try and get into the box. Critical of Vardy.
. That is his lack of confidence showing there. There's no doubt
about it. Confidence in football is a huge thing. Vardy would last
season have knocked that past the defender. We can cut to our
in-dressing room camera there and Steve McClaren is having his
half-time team talk there. The players are obviously engaged in
what he's saying. And next time, we will get a microphone in there as
well it is probably for the best we don't. I don't think he would let
you. It wouldn't be allowed! At all! Do Derby stick or twist? Try and get
that third goal. Leicester are vulnerable defensively. Why not get
that third goal! As Tom Ince said, pitside, they didn't start well,
they looked afraid of the champions. Since they got the equaliser, they
have been the better side. Difficult for Claudio Ranieri to pick up the
players. After last season it is... You have to let last season go,
Gary. It is gone! It's gone! It is there forever! Let it go! Never! It
is the only bit of joy we've had! We will not let it go, not yet!
Frustrating for him seeing the vast majority of the players not
performing like they were last season. They have to dig deep. They
have to believe because we showed earlier that chances and the
set-pieces they can put one away and get themselves back into the game.
Derby have won the Cup once. One of the best cup runs in Leicester's
history was 1969. They had a young English hopeful in goal who was
beginning to make his mark on the game.
Well, I supported them from the age of 10. I supported them in the
evenings. Leicester was the only club I wanted to play for. 18 years
old, Peter Shilton. It was a dream come true for me. I wanted to get to
the FA Cup final. Leicester had been there three times before and not
won. It was a magical opportunity. Cup fever ran high as Leicester and
Manchester City made their appearance in the vast arena for the
match which would decide who would capture the glory and the hard to
get trophy, the FA Cup. When you came out of the tunnel the roar hit
you. Obviously I played at Wembley a few times before that. It was a
magical moment. Peter Shi will, tonne who has been here before, but
as a -- Shilton, who has been here before, but as a schoolboy. You want
to be at your best. A real ambition of mine to win the FA Cup. I was
determined to do everything I could to try and make that happen.
In from the wing came a dangerous threat. Shilton made a great safe.
It was a game of few chances, to be fair. The pitch was not brilliant.
It is Wembley. We knew the pitch would play all right. They had a big
Horse of the Year Show. It had been there not long before. I felt on the
day we had better chances and probably didn't take them and them
You just pray then that you get the equaliser and stay in the game.
Unfortunately, we missed a couple much chances and we ended up,
Leicester being at the fourth time at the Wembley cup company final
having not won it. ARCHIVE: It's all over. A great
performance. They have played wonderfully and lifted the City. A
tremendous proposition. It was a bit of a regret, it was the
only trophy I never won. I just remember I was so, so disappointed I
hardly spoke to anybody all night. I was off with everybody. I was
gutted. It wasn't until I got back to Leicester and saw the fans and
how proud that they were, that I came out of myself and realised that
we had achieved something, even though we lost.
ARCHIVE: Sadly, it was a performance of which all Leicester can be proud.
That was a memory I will always have. Absolutely one of the greatest
of all time What a goalkeeper. I went down to Southampton in the 80s,
and time and time again he was on the training ground, working,
Superb. There there they have had some
legends, Leicester. Are you looking at yourself?! Well,
this is the FA Cup quarterfinal. But I don't know where they dragged this
one up! That is some whipper snapper scoring.
But it was an FA Cup quarterfinal. Was it Shrewsbury? It was 5-2, and
two goalkeepers kept clean sheets. Sounds have interesting! I bet you
don't have the answer? Mark Wallington was injured he went off
at 2-1 down, and then Steve Lining went in. And so we won, 5-2. There
you go. Now I've bored you to death with that one. Let's go down to
pitchside where Danny is with Paul Ince.
Sorry, are you staggering the statistics.
I have woken up with that! Let's talk about the first half. We were
down behind the home team dug-out, despite the fact that Derby were
ahead, it was Steve McClaren with his head in his hands, more so than
Claudio Ranieri, and Derby were ahead.
I don't know why. But I do think that Derby showed Leicester too much
respect. I think they were a little nervous. After that they started to
come into the game. Started to believe in themselves. To pass it
around. If anyone should put their hands in hair head it should be ran
Asia. They cannot stop conceding goals, Leicester. There were two
quality goals from Derby but it is mistakes that lead to those from a
Leicester perspective? I think that even the heard for Bent. Three
players going up to the ball and he gets a flick on.
The second fell for Bryson at the right time. A great finish. And the
Darren Bent own goal. An absolute classic, was it not? Unbelievable. I
think before the show, we were talking about the trainers he buys
but I think he needs a pair of them on. I don't know why he panicked.
Rather than get a good side foot, he slung it and it went in the back of
the net. We are seeing the funny side now but I don't think that
charge Steve McClaren was laughing then.
But, listen, Derby have to keep their heads, 2-11 not enough for me.
But one more and they could win it. Just as well I didn't crack the same
joke twice, nicking your gag about the trainers.
Anyway, more from The Emirates FA Cup fourth round to come. Football
Focus is from Lincoln as Brighton are playing Lincoln City.
Mill Whitehall take on Watford, followed by the holder, Manchester
United, to Wigan. And still a chance to get involved with the People's
Cup. On Saturday, the 27th of May, 90,000
people fill this Stadium for the FA Cup final and you could be one of
them. Sign up your five a side team for the FA Cup People's Cup and win
your category, not only could you be here for the game but walking out on
to the hallowed ground to collect your trophy. Go to the baby web and
register now. -- go to the baby web site and
register now. In the end it's an awful own goal, Darren Bent can't
believe it. A little touch from Bent, he's still
going. And Bryson to give Derby the lead!
Claudio Ranieri has tinkered. On comes, Gray.
A substitute for Leicester City in the second half that they hope will
turn things around. It is all to play for. It could go
either way. There are more goals in this? I think there are more goals.
Derby continuing to play that way. Continuing to pushing forward and
leaving spaces for letters to exploit. But it is right, with this
game, lots to play for. And Leicester still have Musa in
their reserves to help. Back to the commentary.
No changes understandably from Derby.
Christian Fuchs is off. Demarai Gray is on.
This is to try to get Leicester back into the Cup tie. Derby have lost
eight of the last nine meetings with Leicester. The one that they were
victorious with was by two goals to-1.
Leicester getting us away in the second half trying to turn this
score line around. What might your former manager have said at
half-time, Graham le Saux? Well, I think that he will be positive,
saying that they did look dangerous but then the vulnerabilities that we
have seen with Leicester were exposed and exposed brutally by
Derby. The substitution, Gray is coming on. They will have to take
the game to Derby and put down the fact that they are going to concede
chances but they have to make more and give service to Vardy, to get
down the sides as well. Gray has that talent to make something
happen. That was his back heel. Johnson with
the interception. Interesting for Derby, it is whether
or not they condition to press and push for the third goal or if they
try to secure the mid-field and give Johnson a little more support and
protect what they've go. Chilwell on the left back position
now with the throw for Leicester. Derby, who, seventh in the
championship, a couple of points off the play-offs, just behind Sheffield
Wednesday. They have back-to-back away games in the league. Ipswich on
Tuesday and a swift return to Newcastle for Steve McClaren as they
go to St James' Park. Marcus Olsson is back after a
hamstring injury. His twin brother Mark was making his Swansea debut at
the weekend. Still a lot of football to play.
Albrighton against Olsson. Managed to get it across.
Okazaki's heard. It was blocked on the way through. It's a Leicester
corner. That was a great opportunity for
Okazaki. Albrighton getting space. Floating the ball in.
Over the head of Johnson. It comes off the arm of Keogh. Deflects it
past the post. But a good opportunity created by Leicester.
And another set play opportunity again. Couldn't find Huth. Away by
Bryson. Albrighton, drilled it in well. Gray! What an excellent start
from Scott Carson. Anywhere else it's a goal. He hits
it cleanly. Albrighton, again, the providers. A wonderful ball into the
box. He does well, Carson to get his fists on it but directs it to Gray.
This ball is vicious. But then good fortune as Gray passes it straight
into his... Thighs! That was an opportunity for the substitute to
make an immediate impact. Okazaki, Vardy, Gray again! Off the
post. Okazaki, terrific, then Carson in the way and Derby survive.
Leicester wondering how on earth they're not level! It looks like
they used their good fortune up with that Darren Bent in the first half.
How this did not go in? Okazaki doing well. It's all hands to the
pump from Derby. Excellent defensive work.
But once again, Carson is on the floor but is in the right position
to stop it from going into the net. The reaction of Okazaki tells you
everything. And Scot Carson, still only 31, he
Steined a new deal last month. A wrye smile there. He mentioned
before the Reading game, those eight consecutive clean sheets. A new
record. Steve McClaren is extremely happy with his man indeed and the
defenders in front of him. They survived two real scares there.
An excellent start by Leicester in this second half. So whatever
Claudio Ranieri did say to the players and what the players said
between themselves has clearly had an impact. Pearce is out of
position. Okazaki certainly fouled. Okazaki, again.
It's a positive start to the second half from Leicester.
Claudio Ranieri, whatever he said, has certainly had an effect.
The drums are still beating loudly around Pride Park.
Didn't do any favours there, Robert Huth. Michael had to make sure he
had - Schmeichel had to make sure he had something positive on
Baird, 34 now, Northern Ireland international.
Back to Pearce... He was in that Reading team which
surprised many by making the semi-finals, Alex Pearce.
The pressure from Hughes. To Schmeichel again.
A Johnson foul. Okazaki really going to win that
header against Johnson, so decided to back into him instead. Just
looking at Gray's position, since he came on he's dropping inside when
Leicester have the ball, which allows Chilwell just to keep the
width. That is causing Derby a little bit of a problem.
Particularly for Baird because he doesn't know whether to follow him
inside which leaves the space down the inside or maintain his position.
Although we have not seen a direct impact, it is having an effect on
how Derby set up against them on this left-hand side.
Trying to add to the nine goals in the last 13 games. Quicker to react,
Derby, in that situation. The time he gets into the penalty area, he's
off balance and unable to control the strike. Round three of the
Hawthorns with that free kick against West Bromwich Albion.
Gray trying to get to that. Across came Pearce. And a card is coming
out for Alex Pearce. He was beaten by Gray's pace. A
Leicester free kick. Gray in off that left-hand side, feeding on the
flickoff from Vardy. Pearce then never getting to the ball.
Gray too quick for him. A cynical challenge. An obvious yellow card.
The first yellow card of the Cup tie, issued by Mark Clattenburg.
It gives Leicester a free kick from an inviting situation.
Drinkwater and Gray are the two contenders here for Leicester.
It needs to be Gray. A surprising effort from Leicester, back in from
Chilwell. Comfortable for Carson. A derby free kick. A great
opportunity, if Carson had released the ball earlier, three against
three on the break. In the end, Will Hughes under a lot of pressure.
Two FA Cup semi-finals, the Teesside team as well.
'02 and '06. To take the East Midland manager's
honours this evening. Clattenburg again happy for play to
continue. Hughes is off again, away from
Drinkwater. Still didn't give it up at the end.
A challenge from Baird. To dispossess Gray.
Over Bent. Simpson can deal with it. And then into the side netting from
Johnny Russell. What a delightful ball that is in
from Chris Baird on his right-hand side. Does well to nick the ball
away from Gray. He's got plenty of space to line it up. That is such a
difficult ball to defend. Schmeichel cannot come for it.
Russell just unable to get it back on target.
He got ten goals last season, Johnny Russell. He only had one so far this
season. It was the winner against Leeds. Steve McClaren's first game
back in charge. It would have been perhaps even more
important if it had established the two-goal cushion. The pace of the
ball here. It bounces on the six-yard line. First defender and an
attack and misses it. Cannot react in time and direct it on target.
He thought it was in! From this angle, we are above him and on the
same side of the pitch it looked like it was above the net, not on
the outside of it. He is a man you know well, you
played in a Cup final under Claudio Ranieri. We will not mention the
result. You saw him pre-match. Not seen him Vy for 12 years. It was
interesting talking to him about the situation and how desperate he is to
succeed, not just in this competition, be be to make sure he
can get his team going. In this game or the season. Smiles
on the inside, but he's hurting inside.
He has his usual zip and zest about him.
What do they play next? Mahrez back from the African Cup of nations,
amongst the substitutes. Musa is there. He'll be energy to that
mid-field, potentially. I think the obvious choice, as you
have mentioned, is Mahrez. They have to bring him on some time and see if
he can create some magic. You can see the intention from
Drinkwater. Now we understand that Will Hughes has a hamstring problem.
Waiting to see if he can play any further part.
Chris Powell, Steve McClaren's assistance, is trying to clarify the
situation. Just watching Will Hughes, he's sat
down on the floor in the middle of the pitch there. Were just talking
about Riyad Mahrez. That was clearly the subject of discussion and the
Algerian international just back from the African Cup of Nations is
going to be introduced imminently. We understand that Will Hughes's
evening is over. You can see the disappointment and frustration on
his face. Paul, we've been looking at Will
Hughes, holding that hamstring. He's been desperate.
I think he's been absolutely outstanding from the first whistle.
Controlled the game. Brave on the ball. Set up attacks. It will be a
big, big miss for Derby. But the fact he has come off now, hopefully,
the substitute can replicate what Hughes has been doing.
Your hope? I'm hoping 3-2 to Derby. But Derby are looking tired. There
is pressure getting the ball into the box. They have to still
counterpart attack. But certainly, there are more goals in this game.
So, Mahrez, not yet on the field. But he will be shortly indeed.
They are keen, Leicester to get him on. He's had three games in eight
days in the Africa Cup of nations for Algeria.
It is Okazaki who is going to make wayen and Mahrez who has been left
out at times by Claudio Ranieri this season, after his 17 goals last
season, he is on now trying to influence matters.
I'm interested to see who replaces Okazaki in terms of position. It
looks like Gray has gonnaow behind Vardy and Mahrez will operate on the
right-hand side. There with all of those silky skills
and the incredible balance he has got.
Two training sessions with the team after his arrival back.
Only two goals on open play this season.
Five penalties. Still capable of a moment of magic
that Leicester need. With him on the right-hand side,
Albrighton has moved to the left. It's across Mahrez but blocked by
Olsson. It's a Leicester corner. Olsson doing well there. I suppose
you could say that Mahrez has not quite warmed up. But Olsson in
control of that situation. Morgan and Huth are both forward.
Albrighton closing it down. The cavalry are still forward.
Out of play again. It happened in the first half as
well. Finally poised? He certainly is. I
keep looking down at Derby's bench thinking when is he going to shore
up the mid-field and stick with what he has got. I see that de Sart is on
the bench. At some point I think he has to pull
someone in alongside Bradley Johnson to lock down the mid-field and
prevent Leicester from getting numbers between the mid-field and
the back line of Derby. Chris Powell alongside Steve
McClaren. He was telling me earlier on he played his last game for
Leicester aged 40 here at Derby. They lost 1-0.
He has played for both clubs and been caretaker/manager for both
clubs and knows this fixture better than most. Now the assistant to
Steve McClaren. King under pressure.
Drinkwater to Vardy. Still coming through to Albrighton.
Chilwell trying to take it forward. Bryson for Derby.
Ince is all alone. He has Bent trying to get up with him.
Ince went for goal himself. He is full of confidence, Tom Ince.
He believes in himself. He is a prolific scorer in terms of
goal-scorer. Good link up play between him and Bent. Once he is a
way. A little nibble by Huth. I wonder if he should have kept the
ball alive and fed to Bent. as far as Drinkwater. Deflected on
the way through as well. It's a Leicester corner.
A header straight at Scott Carson. . Well, they got away with one here,
Derby. They switched off. A good movement. Good movement by
Drinkwater. He got in there way too easily. Once again, Scott Carson is
fortunate to be in the right place in terms of the ball. Headed by
Vardy straight at him. Carson has been to the semifinal of the FA Cup
with Wigan. And beating Manchester City along the way before losing to
Arsenal. The Derby the championship, still leading the reigning
Premiership champions here. We head to the last 20 minutes.
Clearance by Chilwell. I think we know what he's saying
there. There is a plenty of space for Leicester to get the ball down
and play but every time they get it defensively, the first thought is to
hit it long. It is such a hard ball for Vardy to keep alive.
A chance for Mahrez to run at Olsson. Simpson's on the overlap.
No problems for Keogh on that occasion.
Ince with the header and two going for the same ball, Bryson and
Butterfield. Derby are going to have to dig deep.
It's such an important stage of the game for them, Derby.
They have to keep their energy up. I know that Paul Ince was saying that
they looked tired pitchside. They have to dig in now, know what
they've go. -- know what they've got.
Fouled by Drinkwater. There's the throw-in to Drinkwater.
It's a decent movement. But two Derby players switching off. It's an
excellent ball in. Vardy gets plenty on it but can't direct it either
side of Carson. Ranieri, not surprising will I at
this stage is going to introduce Musa.
He got both goals in the win against Everton.
I have to say that back line of Derby's done really well. They're
under a bit of pressure but every time the ball is away from their
goal, they press. Even if it's just five yards. They did it well
together then. It caught Jamie Vardy ands themselves a bit of time.
So, the third and final change for Claudio Ranieri as the Nigerian
international musa comes on. He started the season with CSK Moscow.
He scored 18 time last season. Just the four goals for Leicester so far,
two of them in this competition in round three. He's not had too many
chances again tonight, Vardy. He hasn't. His work with Okazaki
looked like it might produce something.
Butterfield is looking for Ince. Musa, Gray, Mahrez and Vardy on the
pitch for the last quarter of an hour or so as they look to stay in
the FA Cup and avoid an East Midlands Derby defeat.
One way out and a long way wide. . It's a complete waste of excellent
possession by Leicester. Although they were unable to penetrate Derby.
Derby are working so hard to keep their shape. Almost breathing a
massive sigh of relief, the Derby players that the ball went wide.
Once again it gives them time to reset and reorganise themselves and
get oxygen back into their lungs. So much more than an FA Cup win at
stake tonight. Tracking back to good effect for
Derby. Options to the right-hand side side
for Butterfield. I think he felt he was under a bit of pressure. No
Leicester player within five yards of him. He had plenty of time.
Good play by Tom Ince there. It says it all, doesn't it?! Is he giving
her a hug or is it a chin head lock? "You will stay to the end of the
game! " Will there be more goals? Leicester hope so.
It's very animated on the sidelines this evening with Steve McClaren,
for observe reasons. They thought that was a handball
against Chilwell. Was handball if you saw a replay of
it. Missed that one. Gray's touch. Musa trying to get on
the end of it. Tom Ince has stayed down.
He fell there, I think. He looks to be in a fair amount of
pain, doesn't he? Chilwell there running into him.
Blocked him off for some reason there. I can not see for why because
the ball's going nowhere near them. I think it's purely accidental. He's
trying to get back into position. He's not looked at him there and Tom
Ince has come off a bit worse for wear, winded.
He's back on his feet. Let's hear from Ince Senior again. Tom's dad,
Paul, you feel he wants to get on TV after that incident. Either that or
one of his eyelashes have fallen out. He'll be all right. It is not
his type of game. He's working hard. Do a job for the team now. Ten
minutes to go. Can they hold on? Mahrez for Leicester, who need a
goal. Every Derby player inside their own
half. Derby asking Leicester the question to try and break them down.
Conceded. All the creative players are back trying to offer a shield to
the defensive line. Once again Pearce and Keogh very disciplined
this their position. They are not getting dragged out.
It is a Leicester throw. I think Derby did the right thing
there. They didn't force the pass. Matej Vydra, the Czech international
will offer fresh legs for Derby imminently. Johnny Russell
departing. Vydra, they paid Watford ?8 million for him. He's started
three of the last 15 games. A 24-year-old coming on for Russell.
Put in a good shift, hasn't he, Johnny Russell? He has worked hard.
He looked like he was working more and more hard. Slightly limping as
he comes off the pitch, exhausted. This final seven or so minutes will
be about Derby plugging gaps. Here's Vydra's first touch.
Fouled by King. All of these little free kicks for
Derby are huge at the moment because it allows them the time just to get
back into position, slow the game down. King there nearly getting a
bit on the ball. Mark Clattenburg feeling that just a bit too much
contact on Vydra. These last five minutes or so will
tick down that little bit slower for all of those Derby supporters.
Leicester want something from somewhere.
Leicester with the corner. An area of concern for Derby, these
corners. Gray will take it from his left-hand
side. Concentration time for Derby. In
from Gray. Beaten to it by Keogh. Another corner. Did well there
Keogh. Thought Morgan had a run on him, but he wanted it that little
bit more. Take two from Gray. There's the
header and there's the equaliser from Morgan. Carson beaten. The
skipper has come up with a big goal in the last five minutes to level it
at 2-2. We spoke about it on the first set
piece, didn't we? The space that Derby seem to leave on the edge of
their six-yard box. You can see it there, you could draw a circle
there. It was Morgan who checks out into that space. There was no-one in
front of him. He does well to redirect the header because he's
going back out, away from goal. Just gives himself a small margin of
space from Keogh. Just gets that head on it. Directs it into goal and
for once Carson's not in the right position. But preventible. I think
that is a preventible goal. If you get bodies in front of that space,
on the six-yard line, you don't give the player a chance to get a decent
head on it. An excellent finish by Morgan, you
have to say, to get his, to get the direction and control on the ball
was excellent. As I said, preventible.
Craig Bryson is going to be replaced by Abdoul Camara, the ginnian
international. Signed by Paul Clements. Had six
days with the manager. Could he have a big impact? Very nearly. They are
appealing for hands and Mark Clattenburg says, no.
He's now given a free kick to Derby. Let's talk about impact playing -
what a good run to start with. Once he's in that area it goes through
the legs of Chilwell and hits Huth on the arm. Well, that is difficult
because his arm is out away from his body, but he has no chance of moving
it when it hits him. He does not see it as it comes through the legs of
Chilwell. That is one of those decisions that the referee has to
work out. Camara has done well there. Headed away by Simpson. Well,
we said at the start of this game, neither side wanted a replay.
Definitely Derby in the long journey to the championship season. They are
going for the winner here. Cleared by Gray.
The questions you have to ask yourself on that, Steve, is, is his
arm in a position that you wouldn't expect, you know, he hasn't put his
arm out to the ball. He's just hit it. We see more and more now that
doesn't necessarily mean it is a penalty. We don't see them often
given when the ball just strikes the arm.
Let's have a closer look. I mean, he's running and his arms
are out for balance. You see it go through the legs of Chilwell. I
don't think he can do anything about that at all. I am with Mark
Clattenburg on that one. I think Steve McClaren is. He wouldn't agree
with me. I don't think any Derby fan would.
Here's Gray at the other end. There'll be four minutes of added
time. Cleared by Keogh.
It has been a wonderful stage tonight. It has seen four goals, two
each. A little over three minutes of
stoppage time for one of these two teams to find a winner. Here is
Simpson for Leicester. Headed away by Pearce.
Beaten away by Carson and then cleared by Baird.
Snrp We mentioned at the beginning that Derby go to Ipswich on Tuesday,
Leicester to Burnley. They didn't want another game in the FA Cup but
it looks as though they're going to get one.
Every chance. But this game has really had so many chances.
Each team, you still think there might be one chance created. Both
teams are looking shaky defensively. A little over a minute of stoppage
time to go. Is there another twist in the tale. Butterfield! Held by
Schmeichel. A huge kick from the Leicester
goalkeeper. The final few seconds now.
Still Mahrez. Tired but effective clearance from
Pearce. Morgan, it's his goal that's going
to force a replay as it stands. Excellent composure, awareness and
trust by Chris Baird there. He gets a round of applause from the
manager. But Schmeichel, that ball there, on
a hard surface, he made that catch look easy.
And honoured shared, Leicester and Derby must do it all again for a
place in the fifth round of the FA Cup. Steve McClaren's Derby, with
stoppage time away. And Wes Morgan, the captain of
Leicester popped up with the equaliser after Derby had led for so
long. Darren Bent with the eventful first half with the bizarre own goal
and then a header to equalise. Craig Bryceson, the squish international
was the man who looked as though he might have won it for Derby but in
the end, Wes Morgan's goal forces the replay to see which of these
teams goes into round five. It is finished at Pride Paddy
Ashdown, it is Derby, two, Leicester, two.
Yes, the two sides will have to do it again. Probably not what either
teams wants at this stage. Wes Morgan's corner equalising, making
it 2-2. They get to do it all again. I think that Leicester certainly had
enough of chances in the second half to get themselves back in the game.
They left it late but it what was they deserved.
I know I criticised them before the game. But they were a little better.
A desire from the manager to work for him. They deserved that. It was
a fair result. OK, 2-2. Let's hear from both of the
Derby goal-scorers, with Dan Walker. Thank you. I'm with Darren benighted
Craig Bryson. Darren, was that a cup tie that got away with you? A little
bit. Obviously, I gave the own goal on my part. But they stuck with it
and they got their goal in the end. And a cracking atmosphere, Craig.
Talk us through your goal. It was a cracking finish? I just managed to
go down and get a touch. And I defended and got it in. Delighted
with the result but gutted we conceded two goals from set plays.
Both managers said they didn't want a replay. Is that the same
perspective? Well, there are enough games in the championship but
hopefully we can go and put on a good performance. Darren, I know you
are smile being it now, the players and the rest of the team find it
funny, what happened? I don't know. Obviously I lost concentration, I
lost the ball. I tried to hit it, it flew into the side of the net. We
wanted to come out of the blocks quick. As we did on Saturday but we
were slow but fair play. We got the result later. You must have been
delighted with the goal later? Yeah. It was a great ball from Hughes. I
managed to get my head on to it It was set up from the left-hand side
and I controlled it. A cracking game. Thank you, boys. Very
entertaining, fair, end toe end stuff. Robbie? Yes, rester did
better in the second half. So many chance. Carson was fortunate to make
saves. But overall, I would say that the draw was fair.
Let's see the goal that made it 2-2. Leicester looked a threat from the
set pieces? They did. Look at Darren Bent's position. He has his back to
everything. He can't see what is behind him. He can't see what is in
front. But look at Butterfield behind the line. Too much space in
there. It's a very, very good header but poor defending.
What is Butterfield doing standing three yards behind the line? If he
stays behind the line, he can head it out.
He didn't miss the header? He was behind the line, Gary. There was too
much space in the front. Let'ser deserved that.
But did Derby deserve a penalty. After the goal, a handball from
Huth? It's not for me. I think if you watch it in slow motion, it's
Camara with a shot. It comes off Huth's thigh. If you watch there, it
ricochets and it is a natural position. So I thought that was spot
on. I thought he has time to get his arm away but the referee got that
right. Great refereeing. It took us four slow motions to come
to that conclusion it was not a handball. It was a very, very good
decision from the referee. Darren Bent was talking about the
own goal. We should have a look at it. I'm sure it will be shown many
times. I don't think he will want to see it.
He did everything right. The ball was there, he span around, it was a
hell of a slice but he can't get his feet around quick enough.
Get rid of it but no. We shouldn't really laugh.
But he redeemed himself with a wonderful, wonderful header.
It was. Let's have a look at it. A good ball from the set play. Coming
back to Will Hughes. Schmeichel punch it is. A good run from Hughes.
That creates the space. But it's a brilliant header. Quicker to react
than any Leicester defender. An excellent header. It picks up pace
and the keeper has no chance. Right in the corner. A superb header.
Brilliant header. It certainly was. He's a goal-scorer. That's what
goal-scorer's give you. He doesn't always contribute in other areas of
the game. He had that chance there. But ?50
million in transfer fees. He needed to do something to rectify that
mistake in the first call. Yes, probably mightily relieved.
Craig Bryson put Derby ahead before half-time with a cracking goal. The
goal of the game. As I alluded to, that area is not
right. Look the at the mid-fielders. Look at the space. Drinkwater and
Chilwell, the challenges from the players. Morgan can't sort his feet
out, a good finish. That was an excellent finish. This sums up
Leicester's season, too slows to rereact to the second ball and by
the time that they do, the ball's in the back of the net. A super finish.
Leicester have a replay, a Champions League football, a survival fight in
the Premier League. It will be a tough few months.
And for Derby. I don't think they wanted a replay with the fixtures in
the championship. And credit to Steve McClaren as well. Other teams
have rested players. He could have easily rested players to focus on
the championship. But he played a strong team. They so nearly went
through. You want to play. Do you want to be
rested for FA Cup ties? Not everyone feels that way.
But this rotation, it is a myth. I never got rested.
Lionel Messi, Ronaldo. You just didn't... Did he put
himself in the same space as Lionel Messi and Ronaldo?! I'm not saying a
world. Let's pause and we'll hear from
Steve McClaren, he is with Dan. Steve is keen to see the penalty, we
will see it in a moment. But was that a frustrating night, you must
have felt you were through to round five? Yes, we did all we could. I
think we came across a Leicester team at it 4-4-2, determined. Hard
to break down. They started well. But our character was fantastic.
Digging in the second half. A bit of luck with Carson's saves. Chances,
there looked to be a handball. Let's have a look at it, the handball, or
was it from H rushgs th? Tells what you think? Well, it's in his hand.
It's going off target. It's in his hand. I've seen them given and not
given. We fought to the end. We didn't want a draw.
You both said you didn't want a replay.
Yes but what a cup tie. A great game. A great atmosphere. As I said,
proud of the players. To come up against the champions and perform
like that and give them a really good game. And I have said, another
game, we look forward to it. It was it was a great tie for us.
Thanks for another game of cracking Friday night football.
Cheers. Managers always see things in
certain ways. Lots more football to come.
Football Focus on Saturday. Replay. Leicester obviously will be
the clear favourites. They are much better home form than away from
home. For large parts of the game it
looked as if their confidence was shot. And understandably because of
the way that the results have been going for them. But give them
credit. They dug deep. They got the goal that they wanted and needed.
But no-one wanted a replay. But a very, very good cup tie.
And Mahrez back from the African Cup nations? Yes. And the pass from
Mahrez near the end, the reverse pass. What a player Mahrez is.
Drinkwater hitting the target. But in chances, Leicester could have won
the game but I think that the draw was fair.
That is about right. Derby, where does it leave them with confidence?
I guess it depends on the replay. They have to get into the play-offs.
Have you seen enough to think that they could get into the play-offs? I
think so. There were not many options for them to change the game.
I know he brought Vydra on but play-offs is a minimum. Excellent
game of football. We got some contention decisions, we got the
goal, so a very enjoyable night. Enjoyed it Robbie? Loved it. Loved
it. Always great to be in your company.
Messi, Ronaldo, Robbie Savage! That's it.
We will do it tombe all again. Captain Morgan, rumbles, Derby. Good
night. Darren Bent can't believe it. An own
goal. A little touch from Bent. He scores now! Craig Bryson to give
Derby the lead. Okazaki, then Carson in the way.
Simpson, deal with it. There's the header and the equaliser from
Morgan. Leicester and Derby must do