Report: Derby County 1-0 Millwall

MILLWALL were beaten 1-0 at Pride Park on the final day of the season but favourable results elsewhere kept them in the Championship.

Conor Sammon scored the only goal of the game five minutes from time, but Peterborough's loss at Crystal Palace saw them drop down into League One along with Wolves and Bristol City.

Boss Kenny Jackett made one change to his starting line up from the goalless draw against Crystal Palace in midweek, with Liam Trotter replacing injured winger James Henry.



Trotter had the first chance of the game in the third minute when he latched onto Andy Keogh's through ball and shot across goal, but his effort was blocked by a Derby defender.

In the 19th minute, Keogh's slide-rule pass fed Liam Feeney, who tried to go around Adam Legzdins but the Rams goalkeeper made amends for an initial poor clearance by smothering his effort.

Derby dominated possession for long spells, forcing a string of corners, but David Forde was largely untroubled in the visiting goal, although he was coming under plenty of pressure from crosses.



Sean St Ledger's header from Josh Wright's corner was blocked by a defender a yard in front of the line in the 37th minute before Forde was called into action to keep out Richard Keogh from close range.

Shortly before the break, Trotter fired over from the edge of the area after Wright's header into a crowd of players caused chaos and was only half-cleared.

Jermaine Easter, who had come on for the injured Shaun Batt in the opening 45 minutes, saw his acrobatic overhead kick cleared off the line by a Rams defender in the 56th minute.

During Millwall's best spell of the match, Andy Keogh's flick from Shane Lowry's corner was deflected over the bar before Feeney's neat shot on the turn was also turned behind.

With the game evenly poised, Lowry nearly caught out  Legzdins from distance when he sent a scorching 35-yard half-volley narrowly over the bar in the 70th minute.

But it was substitute Sammon who broke the deadlock, sliding the ball under Forde from close range after he got goal-side of the Lions' defence to score what proved to be the winner.

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

55 thoughts on “Report: Derby County 1-0 Millwall

  • May 4, 2013 at 14:54
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    Big thanks to Pboro for a job well done.

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    • May 4, 2013 at 14:56
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      @AltheAussieLion: Did you see Ferguson on Football Focus? Bet he's not feeling so cocky now...

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  • May 4, 2013 at 14:55
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    Never in doubt (-:~ What a mad season, roll on next year...

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    • May 4, 2013 at 15:00
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      Yes but please give me some goals next year!

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  • May 4, 2013 at 14:55
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    what a crazy league, never know a last day like it!
    many thanks to our Chairman and Kenny for all they do for our club, I'm sure next season will be another roller coaster ride, the Championship is a fantastic league and we will be there for 4th season in a row, lets hope we can invest in some players who can score 🙂
    COME ON YOU LIONS!

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    • May 4, 2013 at 14:57
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      Good shout Mr London! Second half of the season has been desperately disappointing but staying in this League is a considerable achievement for a club of our stature.

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    • May 4, 2013 at 16:19
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      @Mr_London: well said matey - bit too close at times but we got away with it and should be stronger for the experience.

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  • May 4, 2013 at 14:59
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    What an afternoon! Thank God for results elsewhere.

    Some big changes required, otherwise we won't get anywhere near 56 points next season. We need to start planning early this summer - not relying on late free-transfers and loans becoming available as the season draws on.

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  • May 4, 2013 at 14:59
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    As Montgomery said to Churchill................F..k this for a lark .Another week in the Priory to see me over then i'm out.

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  • May 4, 2013 at 15:00
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    Cheered on Palace (streamed game) and went mental when they scored their 3rd. I now feel defiled and grubby - I'm now going to soak in a bath of hot bleach to cleanse myself.

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  • May 4, 2013 at 15:02
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    What a relief and what excitement from all the matches.
    Looking at the stats on BBC it looks like we really put in the effort, shame we couldn't hold out and do it ourselves but I think we were overdue some luck.
    Looking forward to the summer and next season.

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  • May 4, 2013 at 15:07
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    There's a rumour going around that JB is making an investment to develop The Den.
    By removing the goals! 🙂

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  • May 4, 2013 at 15:07
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    what a day , so many corners and chances against derby , kj must get his signings early ,
    its clear as day strikers are a must , but thank god we are in for another season , its sad to say but palace did us a right favour ,

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    • May 5, 2013 at 11:07
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      @munson68: As long as they lose in the play offs. Watford Brighton final will do me. Then we can abuse Wood down the den

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      • May 5, 2013 at 11:54
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        @delboy2525@btinternet.com: I can understand some of the anti Wood feeling, the situation could have been handled better but without Wood we would have been battling Bristol City for last position. I also think that if he became available again (which he won't) at a price we could afford then most of us would have him back like a shot.

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  • May 4, 2013 at 15:11
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    I think KJ has learned more this season than ever before. Let's see what the summer brings into the Den , clear out some dead wood too. All in all , we're still in the Championship and therefore , hopefully can attract a couple of decent players. COYL

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  • May 4, 2013 at 15:12
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    Also hope that now we have avoided relegation that Shittu and Taylor sign new contracts. Seen rumours that Taylor is attracting interest from a number of other clubs.

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  • May 4, 2013 at 15:14
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    What a season. We live to fight another season
    We need goals next season. Well done too all at the DEN.

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  • May 4, 2013 at 15:14
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    Looking forward to the summer break without the nerves jangling every Tuesday/Saturday

    A few sups of beer to celebrate.

    Will now happily cheer palace to a deserved defeat in the play-offs

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  • May 4, 2013 at 15:17
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    Lucky,staying up thanks to others. Enough said!

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    • May 4, 2013 at 15:21
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      @the verminhater: Staying up because we got more points than four other teams over a very long and difficult season, not luck.

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      • May 4, 2013 at 16:07
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        @lion.ie: sorry mate disagree,Peterborough and Barnsley have tried to win games and have scored a lot more goals than us,the fixtures saved us,Peterborough would have beat most other teams than palace away and apparently Barnsley were all over Huddersfield! Like I said f****** lucky.....

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        • May 4, 2013 at 16:17
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          @the verminhater: Take the tension and emotion out of it and today is just one round of fixtures out of 46. We acquired 56 points, the others didn't. I know where you're coming from but it really isn't luck by definition. At the end of 2012 we were 15 points clear of Peterborough and relegation and despite a pretty dire 2013 that's ultimately why we have stayed up.

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          • May 4, 2013 at 16:56
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            @lion.ie: football is all about emotion lion! We might have to agree to disagree about this one,but we will all calm down hopefully rebuilds this squad and fingers crossed be a lot stronger for it next season...onwards and upwards

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        • May 4, 2013 at 17:01
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          @the verminhater: I agree extremely fuckung lucky ....we stopped trying to win

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  • May 4, 2013 at 15:21
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    Bring on next season, the sooner the better!!

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  • May 4, 2013 at 15:28
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    Well done on surviving.
    The FA Cup money and the dosh from Morison plus any other funds made available MUST be spent on getting players in and getting rid of deadwood and that must start now. Not next season.

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    • May 4, 2013 at 15:35
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      @NICKOLA: In a strange way Nickola, the trials and tribulations of the last few months might be a wake up call for JB and company. Flirted with fire and nearly got burned. Can't see us being anything other than mid table next year but we might get enough player investment to make us comfortable and who knows, with the right group of players we could flirt with sixth place.

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      • May 4, 2013 at 16:50
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        @lion.ie: Mid table sounds good to me.

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      • May 4, 2013 at 17:02
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        @lion.ie: here we go again....... No way .....it'll take more millions than JB's prepared to give ....mid table at best

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    • May 4, 2013 at 19:08
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      @NICKOLA: We have to remain realistic with what kind of player we can sign - the Wembley trouble/Sky Report will make it hard to attract players who aren't just mercenaries like Hulse and, to some extent, Hendo.

      I think it's fair to say that JB has always made decent funds available to KJ (we were prepared to spend £1m to re-sign Morison), but the problem is getting the right type of player at the right age and on the right wages - we can't afford to take risks in the transfer market because we don't get the money through the gates to bail us out of mistakes.

      Personally, I think KJ is more likely to go for 4-5 young, but established and hungry lower league players than 1 or 2 big names. Saying that - I don't see why we can't raid Wolves for players like O'Hara, Doyle, Hunt etc!

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  • May 4, 2013 at 15:43
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    We've got the basis of a decent side at this level - the defence is okay, we've got two decent wide men (when fit), but need a few better central midfielders. It's up front where everyone knows the biggest problems are. I'd get rid of them all, except Keogh - who hasn't been good enough either, but deserves another chance based on his first year with us.

    Berylson's got a lot to think about this summer. The gap between promotion contention and relegation in the Championship seems very narrow. We can carry on as we are - keeping the club afloat, but with a squad likely to see us relegated next year, or he can invest a few million pounds extra to see us really compete in this division.

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    • May 4, 2013 at 16:04
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      @Micky Lions: Just as long as he doesn't sign Roger Johnson from Wolves, three relegations in three seasons, Jinxy Johnson. lol

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    • May 4, 2013 at 17:03
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      @Micky Lions: actually I'd get rid of Keogh as well

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      • May 4, 2013 at 19:15
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        @Lincolnshire Lion: A little bit unfair I think - he always works hard, and chases lost causes but he needs a Hendo/Wood type player to work off and feed. He has made his name playing as a great second striker - if we play to his strengths, he can be a big player for us. He has always scored and created when playing as part of a strong front two.

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  • May 4, 2013 at 16:35
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    Would like to thank KJ for loaning Chris Wood when he did. Without the goals he scored which obviously coincided with our top run of form , things could've been worse. You really need a 20 goal striker or 30-40 goal partnership up front. Until then , things will always be tricky for us.

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  • May 4, 2013 at 17:05
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    WBA loaned him we borrowed him, WBA sold him Leicester bought him....still I know what you mean thanks Woody

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  • May 4, 2013 at 17:06
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    100% agree blk8,your spot on

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  • May 4, 2013 at 17:34
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    Well Well as predicted couldnt save our our skins had to rely on results elsewhere,time to walk KJ.

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  • May 4, 2013 at 17:40
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    Given that we need to overhaul the midfield, completely change the forward line and beef up the defence, does anyone have any ideas as to who we could bring in to improve the squad that might be available ?

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    • May 4, 2013 at 22:30
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      @NICKOLA: Jose Baxter from Oldham and Harry arter Bournemouth

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  • May 4, 2013 at 17:54
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    Billy McKay - Inverness Caley striker
    Swedish striker we were linked with in January - can't remember his name but he's supposed to be good and very quick.
    Richard Chaplow - Showed a lot of potential, I think we would have been safe far earlier if he hadn't got injured.
    Sean St Ledger - Quite like him in front of the back four and he can play centre half as well.
    Job done!
    A.N.Other creative attacking midfielder
    Time to listen to offers for Trotter (if there are any), Abdou, Wright, Malone, N'Guessan, Keogh, Marquis and Batt!

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    • May 4, 2013 at 18:08
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      @Lonz: Hey Lonz, maybe you can clear something up for me? How has last years player of the season now become 'a league one player at best' as somebody has said on here. It's one of the many contradictions written on this site. If he has lost form, which is understandable given his personal issues, that's different to not being good enough.

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      • May 4, 2013 at 18:28
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        Fair point. Jimmy has been outstanding for us during the last few season and I would be sorry to see him go. The fact he managed to keep playing during his son's illness says all that needs to be said about his character and his work rate has always been outstanding. Unfortunately, unless we can find two 20 goal a season strikers (and the money to pay for them), we will need more creativity and goals from our midfield if we are going to avoid another relegation scrap.
        If there's room on the way bill I'd actually like to keep Keogh - good experience and will start scoring again in a better side, Marquis - still think he could turn into a player, Batt - deserves a chance to show what he's capable of and Abdou!
        Unfortunately, if we are going to free up wages for new signings who will improve the overall strength of the squad we may need to cash in some of our current assets - particularly if other clubs can offer them regular first team football and long term security.

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    • May 4, 2013 at 18:19
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      @Lonz: I would keep Keogh. He can score goals when he is fedd decent balls. We need to strengthen midfield more than anything. Chaplow would be great. Also need to offload all the other strikers and get some new blood in.

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  • May 4, 2013 at 18:17
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    From what was said in the post match interview by Joe Gallen it looks like there is going to be a major clear out of midfield and forwards. A good thing too IMHO as long as we can afford decent replacements

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    • May 4, 2013 at 19:46
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      Didn't hear that from Gallen but if there's truly going to major clear out then we're already doing better.
      @junkmale:

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  • May 4, 2013 at 18:49
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    Never thought i would be grateful to the strippy nigels.

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    • May 5, 2013 at 00:58
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      No need to be gratefull to the stripy's
      It's Peterborough we should be thanking. Always flip the coin jonny.
      Never show those fcukers gratitude.

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  • May 5, 2013 at 08:58
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    Gotta say that Barnsley and PB were better than us in the last qtr of the season. Chaplow never sounded keen to stay in interviews, but agree that We need to find a way to get rid of n'guessen even with one year left in his contract.

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  • May 5, 2013 at 21:50
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    selling keogh would be a mistake I think

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  • May 6, 2013 at 11:05
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    very very lucky , agree with verminhater etc, we had 40 points at xmas and were ultimately kept up by wood who left new year! massive massive clearout needed otherwise i will stick the house on us going down, problem is if kj rates batt etc who's he gonna sign? oh well thank f*** the others kept us up,we were never going to get the point ourselves which is a shame but there u go, least we can have 3 mths where millwall dont ruin our weekends and hope that we actually get a couple of decent forwards in.
    Bring in Uve Rosler!!!!!

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