Craig Bryson issues stark warning after Derby Countys defeat to Bolton
The winger scored an emotional winner against the Rams in front of his team-mate, watching in the stands for the first time since being diagnosed with motor neurone disease.
Wanderers’ players had worn Darby’s number 23 shirt as they ran out on to the pitch and will later auction the kit to raise money for the MND association.
And after the final whistle, Noone described how his mate’s bravery had spurred the team on to a dramatic victory.
across the back, Darby himself was in the stands with the injured Ben Alnwick. Parkinson named basically the same side that drew last week at Ipswich aside from Remi Matthews in for Alnwick, and with Wheater returning to the starting lineup (as he rightfully should). Derby meanwhile fielded an unchanged team from the squad that beat United midweek and must have felt very confident they could beat us on our own patch. The game started much as it would play out for the whole 90mins; Derby retaining possession, utilizing their wealth of attacking talent and strong midfield to keep the ball and move it quickly in front of our goal, probing for an opening. But they created only half chances as our screen and back four worked together as one solid unit from the opening stages. The Wanderers faithful didnt have to wait long for the deadlock to be broken. A rare foray forward resulted in a Bolton corner, which was played to the first man Grounds who under pressure knocked it back to Matthews, as Derby broke out he showed excellent distribution to find an unmarked, onside Buckley on the wing; he whipped an excellent delivery to Craig Noone at the back-post who headed back across goal to give Wanderers the lead. You could see how much this goal meant to the team as they all raced over to celebrate with Darby, with Noone in particular jumping over the hoardings and into the stands to hug his former teammate.
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I like to gauge how well weve played by how salty the oppositions fans and manager are post game. Frank was a class act and only spoke of Derbys misgivings and lack of ability in possession. A few Derby fans that I walked past on my way out of the ground congratulated us on our excellent shithousery, which proves to me that its not just our fans that read LOV. Ultimately, Wanderers can be proud of this win. Another game in which we were written off before kick off but gave the sort of performance against better opposition that we saw at the start of this season. We will need to be at this level time and time again this season if we are going to avoid relegation but I am very confident in this team and Parkinsons tactics. He knows how to get the best out of limited players and the leagues cast offs as seen by the recent performances of Jack Hobbs and Will Buckley and the improved performance this week of Jonathan Grounds. Cliches aside, anyone can beat anyone in this league and yesterday was an example of that, these are the sort of games that we lost last season and we can take heart going into Tuesdays game away at Stoke.
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Share Share Match Report: Bolton Wanderers 1 – 0 Derby County tweet share Reddit Pocket Flipboard Email Big Dave celebrating another successful clearance Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images This game is proof that the stats dont always tell the full story. A quick glance onto BBC Sports match report and youll see Derby with 74% of overall possession, 17 shots to our 8 and the majority of corners. But what those stats dont tell you is how much of that possession was within the centre of the pitch and just in-front of the tenacious Jason Lowe and Everton loanee Joe Williams. I came into Saturdays game, I imagine like most of our fans; having watched Derby beat Manchester Utd mid week, with a sense of dread. After a strong start to the campaign for us quickly turned into 5 games without a win, I was looking at our upcoming fixtures pre-match rueing the missed opportunity at Ipswich and wondering were we were going to pick up points going forward. Turns out I neednt have worried. Before kick off I would have took your hand off for a draw however as the game progressed, a draw wasnt something that I thought Derby deserved.