Derby County FC
Peterborough United FC

Derby County

Posh travel to Pride Park to face Derby County in Sky Bet League One action on Saturday afternoon (3pm).

Peterborough United travel to Derby County in Sky Bet League One action on Saturday afternoon (3pm) with Grant McCann’s men looking to bounce back from the Carabao Cup second round defeat to Stevenage on Tuesday evening.

Posh sit in second place in the division following an excellent start to the campaign, while the Rams will be among the promotion contenders this season after assembling a strong squad following the summer take-over.

Derby drew 0-0 with Fleetwood Town last time out in the league despite dominating for long periods and followed that performance with a 1-0 victory over Sky Bet Championship side West Bromwich Albion on Tuesday night.


Posh will be without the services of Dan Butler and Oliver Norburn due to long-term injuries, while Emmanuel Fernandez remains side-lined, but there is better news concerning goalkeeper Harvey Cartwright, who should return to the squad after a thigh problem.

Kwame Poku suffered no ill effects from his first appearance of the season in mid-week, while new signing Ephron Mason-Clark could be in the squad after completing his move from Vanarama National League side Barnet on Friday.

Nathaniel Mendez-Laing missed the cup-tie against the Baggies due to personal reasons, but could return to face his former club. Louie Sibley is expected to be named in the starting line-up after some strong recent showings.


Conor Hourihane was one of an extensive list of signings made by Derby during the close season and his experience will be key in the middle of the park for the Rams. The former Aston Villa man is probably playing at a level that is beneath his ability, however he has been enticed to Pride Park to be part of a promotion push. Stylish on the ball, the left-footer is a threat in and around the box and is also a set-piece expert.

Conor Hourihane


“Derby have a real unique way of playing and they will cause a lot of problems for teams at this level, but we have watched a lot of their games and know what to expect. They have made some really good signings and their manager was very much part of what Wayne Rooney did there last season against all of the odds. It will be a big crowd, a good atmosphere and you have to look forward to those kind of games,” McCann said.


There are no tickets available on the day for Posh fans. Just under 1,900 tickets have been sold for the game.


Overseas subscribers will be able to watch the game on Posh+ while audio passes are available for domestic subscribers priced at £2.50.

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There are a number of players who have played for both clubs including Jack Marriott, who starred for the Rams under Frank Lampard and Nathaniel Mendez-Laing who is currently on the books of the club. Some of the players to have represented both clubs include Miles Addison, James Chester, Scott Cooksey, Paul Coutts (pictured middle), Liam Dickinson, Ian Feuer, Peter Kennedy, Jake Livermore (pictured left), Izale McLeod, Eric Steele, George Thorne (pictured right) and former boss Mark Wright.

Derby County v Posh


Grant McCann (pictured below) netted the winner in a memorable match between the two back in 2011. McCann popped up with a great strike in stoppage time to seal a 3-2 victory for Darren Ferguson’s men at the Weston Homes Stadium. Paul Taylor and Tommy Rowe were also on target for Posh with Theo Robinson netting a brace for the visitors. 15-year-old Jaanai Gordon was an unused substitute on the day.

Posh v Derby County


Posh will be wearing the mint green away kit for the fixture.

MATCH COVERAGE                                                            

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The match referee is Robert Madden.

Derby County v Posh

Two goals in the last 10 minutes earned Derby County a 2-1 victory over 10-man Posh.

Referee Robert Madden took centre stage at Pride Park as Peterborough United were forced to play over half an hour with 10-men after the official handed a second yellow card to Nathan Thompson, a decision that ended up having a strong bearing on the outcome as the 11-men scored twice in the final 10 minutes to secure all three points.

Posh were presented with a good opening within the first four minutes as a terrible pass from goalkeeper Joe Wildsmith was intercepted by Jack Marriott, but against his former club, he lashed his shot over the crossbar.

Derby carved out an opportunity of their own with 60 seconds, but Louie Sibley fired wide of the near post after an intelligent cut-back from Jason Knight. Bergström then made a good reflex stop to keep out Louie Sibley and from the resulting corner kick, the keeper made a double stop to keep out James Collins and Sibley on the rebound.

Taylor was cautioned by referee Robert Madden on 25 minutes for persistent fouling. Dobbin fired over from a tight angle for the Rams moments later after Ward had been dispossessed on the edge of his own area by the experienced Collins.

Nathan Thompson was booked on 28 minutes by referee Bobby Madden who clearly didn’t have much sight of the incident as the experienced defender was pinned to the floor by the Derby winger. Barkhuizen fired over from 25-yards on 32 minutes after Collins did well to pull the ball back into the path of the former Preston North End man.

Clarke-Harris, on his 100th appearance for the club, sliced a left-foot shot wide of the target when well positioned after taking a good first touch following a raking pass forward. Burrows was cautioned on 40 minutes for his first indiscretion of the game as referee Robert Madden continued to frustrate the visiting fans.

Burrows tested Wildsmith with his right-foot moments later after the referee waved advantage despite Marriott clearly being upended in a dangerous position. Bergström produced a good save deep into first half stoppage time from Barkhuizen before Nathan Thompson denied Hourihane with the rebound.

Ben Thompson fired over from 30-yards after a poor clearance from Wildsmith on 50 minutes after good pressing from Marriott. Posh were reduced to 10-men on 57 minutes as referee Bobby Madden, who had cautioned Nathan Thompson for nothing in the first half, then failed to spot a blatant dive, booking the defender a second time.

Stearman was cautioned for bringing down Clarke-Harris on 63 minutes as referee Mr Madden finally awarded a yellow card to the hosts. Posh opened the scoring four minutes later as a Burrows cross was glanced on at the near post by Kent and stabbed home from close-range by substitute Josh KNIGHT.

Bergström did well to hold a swerving effort from Sibley on 75 minutes as Derby tried to get themselves back level.  Grant McCann introduced new signing Ephron Mason-Clark on 76 minutes with Marriott the man withdrawn.

Substitute Forsyth clipped the crossbar with a cross-cum-shot on 82 minutes as the Rams pressed with the numerical advantage. With three minutes remaining, the hosts levelled the scores as a corner was headed home by Jason KNIGHT.

The hosts turned the game around in stoppage time as David McGOLDRICK tapped home from close-range after huge pressure from the hosts. Poku saw a late effort saved by Wildsmith, but it was heartbreak for McCann’s men who had battled gamely with 10-men.

Derby: Wildsmith, Hourihane, Cashin, Barkhuizen, Bird (sub McGoldrick 68min), Collins (sub Smith 68min), Sibley, Roberts (sub Forsyth 46min), Dobbin, Stearman, Knight. Unused subs: Thompson, Loach, Oduroh, Rooney.

Posh: Bergström, Burrows, Kent, Edwards, N. Thompson, Ward, Fuchs, J. Taylor (sub Knight 58min), B. Thompson (sub Poku 82min), Marriott (sub Mason-Clark 76min), Clarke-Harris (sub Kyprianou 83min). Unused subs: Cartwright, Tomlinson, Randall.

Referee: Robert Madden
Half-time: Derby County 0-0 Peterborough United
Full-time: Derby County 2-1 Peterborough United
Attendance: 26,414


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