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Derby County
Ryan Allsop
Craig Forsyth (c)
Kamil Jozwiak
Ravel Morrison
1 goals for Ravel Morrison
Louis Sibley
Jordan Brown
Jack Stretton
Louis Wason
Festy Ebosele
Isaac Hutchinson
1 goals for Isaac Hutchinson
Dylan Williams
Salford City FC
Tom King
Ibou Touray
Jason Lowe
Ash Eastham (c)
Tom Elliott
Ash Hunter
Josh Morris
2 goals for Josh Morris 2 goals for Josh Morris
Matty Willock
Jordan Turnbull
1 goals for Jordan Turnbull
Conor McAleny
Yellow card for Conor McAleny
Tylor Golden
Kelle Roos
Nathan Byrne
Graeme Shinnie
Max Bird
Tom Lawrence
Colin Kazim-Richards
1 goals for Colin Kazim-Richards
Richard Stearman
Zach Jeacock
Matty Lund
Luke Burgess
James Melhado
Kelly N'Mai
Liam Shephard
Ian Henderson
Manager - Wayne Rooney
Manager - Gary Bowyer
Match Officals
Referee - James Bell
Assistant Referee - Declan Ford
Assistant Referee - Conor Brown
Fourth Official - Christopher Sarginson

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Salford City’s Carabao Cup campaign came to an end at Pride Park after a thrilling 3-3 draw and a penalty shootout. The Ammies led 2-0 and 3-2 during the course of this entertaining cup tie but Ravel Morrison’s late leveller for the Rams forced the game to spot-kicks. Luke Burgess would be the unlucky man as his penalty was saved by Ryan Allsop, leaving Gary Bowyer’s to reflect on what so easily might have been…

Salford City fielded a strong line-up for this game, with skipper Ash Eastham, Tom Elliott, Ash Hunter and Tylor Golden drafted into the XI. Meanwhile Rams’ manager Wayne Rooney made 9 changes to the side that started Saturday’s 1-1 Championship draw with Huddersfield Town.

Another new ground for Salford’s travelling faithful and they would be in fine voice throughout the evening. There was plenty to cheer in the opening stages too as the Ammies soon took a firm grip on the game.

It was Derby who had the game’s first noteworthy foray as Morrison advanced on the left before delivering low cross into the area. There were white shirts arriving but Salford keeper Tom King got down to smother the danger.

The first few minutes were cagey, with both sides looking neat in possession without offering too much of a threat. That situation soon changed, and it was the Ammies who began to look most likely to craft a goal.

In the 7th minute Matty Willock delivered a diagonal cross from the left, with Elliott getting up above his man about 10 yards out. The header was decent, yet Alsop dived his left before pushing the ball wide of the post.

That would prove a temporary respite for the Rams as Josh Morris’s corner from the right was aimed at the near post. Eastham got in front of his man to flick a header on and the ball dropped nicely for his central defensive partner at the far post. TURNBULL had escaped the attentions of his marker and made no mistake with a thumping close-range header.

Not exactly textbook defending from Derby but Salford’s supporters weren’t too concerned about the home side’s shortcomings as they celebrated the goal.

Having gone ahead the Ammies looked to press home their advantage against uncertain looking hosts. Three minutes after the opener Morris swung in a free-kick from the left and Allsop got away with a fumbled attempt to catch as the ball spun away to the far side.

Derby were struggling to get a kick inside Salford’s half and it was no real surprise when the visitors extended their lead in the 14th minute. Golden’s short pass from the right gave MORRIS the chance to advance inside on a diagonal run. He elected to have a go from 24 yards out, just right of centre, and although It was a decent left-footed effort Allsop will be disappointed at being deceived by the bounce as the ball found its way inside his right-hand post.

The scoreboard showed Salford City two-up on the ground of former league champions, and although Derby aren’t quite the force they were back in the early 70s this was another remarkable Ammies’ milestone.

Salford were well on top at this stage and despite their possession, the home side hadn’t really managed to threaten King’s goal. Festy Ebosele was Derby’s best bet and after riding a couple of challenges on the right he was fouled by Turnbull, who picked up a yellow card. It was Ebosele who curled in the free-kick but King was able to clear with a double-fisted punch.

You’d expect a response from a Championship club in this situation and Derby began to play with a little more conviction. Midway through the first half neat play from Kamil Jozwiak and Morrison almost played in Jack Stretton, but King was out quickly to get down and push the ball away.

In the 26th minute Conor McAleny broke from deep before hitting a low shot from distance. This time Allsop did his job, getting down to push the effort around his right-hand post.

Still quite comfortable for a settled Salford side who conceded a couple of corners around the half-hour mark and defended them competently. Eleven minutes before the break Jozwiak’s left-of-centre run was curtailed by a foul, with the referee playing advantage. Isaac Hutchinson picked up possession but from outside the box he hit a dipping shot that dropped over the crossbar.

A Dylan Williams cross from the left was deflected into the side-netting by Turnbull and at the other end Morris nudged a pass back for Golden. The full-back aimed a cross at the near post, with the ball going behind off a defender for a corner that was cleared.

The Ammies were looking for a 3rd goal and 7 minutes before the break a low Hunter corner from the left was flicked on at the near post by the stooping Turnbull. The ball fell for Elliott in the middle but his 9-yard shot deflected off a defender and over the bar.

It was looking as if Salford would take at least a 2-goal advantage into the interval but Derby rallied to launch a series of late attacks. Louie Sibley had a 22-yard left-footer deflected wide for a corner, with the Ammies again managing to clear their lines.

The visitors had defended solidly all half, but were caught out on the 43rd minute after Joswiak’s forward ball was prodded on by Sibley. Hutchinson got a touch to the left where Stretton made it into the box before squaring inside. HUTCHINSON did well to turn, 16 yards out, before placing a low shot between the diving King and his right-hand post.

A goal “at the right time” for the Rams and it gave them encouragement to go for more. During time added on Sibley hit a cracking left-of-centre drive that King managed to tip onto his right-hand angle of post and bar. It was Sibley who took the corner from the right but Richard Forsyth’s header lacked power and was straight at the keeper.

After a good half the Ammies had seen their lead halved, and but for King’s great save might have gone in all square.


Derby had finished the first half in the ascendancy and started the second in the same fashion. The home side passed the ball about crisply from the restart, with Salford forced to defend a couple of early corners.

In the 53rd minute the lively Ebosele swapped passes with Sibley on the right before heading for the line. His low ball to the near post was met by Stretton, whose ambitious attempt at a backheel rolled harmlessly though to King.

A minute or so later Jozwiak’s corner from the left dropped to the far edge of the 6-yard box where Forsyth stretched to get in a header that King collected.

The Rams had looked threatening since the the game got back underway, yet Salford were still looking to hit on the break. Morris did well to keep possession on the right before swinging a cross to the far post that was too long for Elliott to contest.

In the 63rd minute Ibou Touray’s long ball from deep on the left caught the home defence flat-footed and McAleny was able to escape the attentions of Forsyth. The former Oldham man made it into the area but as defenders closed in could only slice a 15-yarder high and wide of the target.

A good chance for Salford, and they made two quick changed in its aftermath. On came Luke Burgess and Ian Henderson, with Elliott and Hunter making way. Derby made their own change soon afterwards as the experienced Colin Kazim-Richards replaced Hutchinson.

As the game entered its final 20 minutes Derby again started to exert consistent pressure and a 25-yard Morrison free-kick from a good position soared over the bar. In the 70th minute a powerful bit of running from Ebosele took him past Touray on Derby’s right and into the area. As the Rams’ forward cut inside Touray put in a challenge that the referee adjudged to be a foul. A penalty was awarded and although it looked a soft decision from the stands yet there weren’t too many complaints from Touray and his teammates.

KAZIM-RICHARDS had only been on the field for 5 minutes and despite a stumble in the run up, powered a low finish inside King’s right-hand post. The keeper went the right way, but it was a quality penalty from the Derby striker.

The Ammies had been in front for over an hour of this game, but it seemed the tide had finally turned in Derby’s favour. The Rams looked more confident now – understandably enough – but they would be rocked again within 2 minutes of their penalty.

A sublime Willock pass from deep bisected the home defence, with substitute Burgess clear on goal. The pursuing Forsyth had a little tug at the Salford midfielder that sent him sprawling. The contact looked to be clearly outside the penalty area but the referee – who was some way away – saw enough to award another spot-kick.

This one was entrusted to MORRIS who thumped a low finish to Allsop’s left. The keeper guessed right but there was sufficient power on the shot to take it past him and into the net.

A fine response from the Ammies and they were 15 minutes or so away from what would be a famous victory.

A couple of minutes later Stretton went to ground in Salford’s area following a challenge, but this time the referee allowed play to continue. Jozwiak was penalised soon afterwards after an acrobatic attempt to get in a shot was judged to be dangerous play.

Derby needed to push men forward now, and they were awarded an 82nd minute free-kick after Touray’s attempt to get in a defensive header succeeded only in an unlucky handball. MORRISON hammered the set-piece into the defensive wall but got a second bite of the cherry as the ball fell back into his path. This time he hit a ferocious rising 20-yarder that swerved away from King’s dive to the left. The keeper got hands to the ball but there was too much power on it and he could only help the effort into the roof of his net.

Another twist in this thoroughly engaging cup tie – could either side pinch a win during the time that remained?
The Ammies were forcing the pace as the game entered its final 5 minutes, picking up a couple of corners without creating a clear-cut chance. Burgess is no stranger to memorable goals but his attempt to find the target with a 24-yard left-footer from right of centre dropped outside the far post.

It was Derby who had the “last big chance” during the 1st of 4 added minutes at the end of the game. Louie Watson slid a through-ball into the danger area and Stretton was one-on-one with King. The Derby man tried to clip a right-of-centre finish past the keeper who extended his right hand to make a good save.

There would be no more goalmouth action and this pulsating game would be decided by penalty kicks.


It was Derby who were first up and substitute GRAEME SHINNIE hit a low shot to King’s left, with the Salford keeper committed the other way. MORRIS had converted a penalty during the game and did so again, although Allsop got a touch on his firmly struck shot. KAZIM-RICHARDS made it 2-1 to the Rams with a carbon copy of the penalty that had levelled the scores at 2-2 some 25 minutes previously. Burgess was next for Salford, but Allsop went the right way, pushing the ball wide of his left-hand upright.

Advantage Derby then, and JORDAN BROWN gave them a 2-penalty cushion with a cool finish to King’s right. Salford couldn’t afford another miss and TOURAY kept his nerve by sending Allsop the wrong way.

Rams’ skipper FORSYTH was next, and King was a little unlucky as he got a touch low down to his left without being able to keep the ball out. LUND needed to score and he did, giving Allsop little chance to save.

WATSON took responsibility for Derby’s 5th penalty and the situation was clear – if he scored, it would be the Rams who made it through to the 2nd Round Draw. He made absolutely no mistake with a great finish that beat King and left Salford’s travelling supporters proud but disappointed.


Not an ideal end to the evening from Salford’s viewpoint although there will be plenty of positives for manager Gary Bowyer to take from this game. His side never looked out of place against opposition from 2 divisions higher and had one or two good chances been taken at key moments, it could easily have been the Ammies who progressed.

It’s a measure – if another was needed – of just how far this little club from Salford 7 have come over recent years. That players and fans were disappointed with a defeat on penalties suffered on the ground of one of England’s most famous football clubs says it all. This sort of a result would have been pure fantasy just a few years ago and Salford City fell just short of taking a very noteworthy scalp indeed.

With interest in the Carabao Cup over for the season we move on to the visit of Sutton United on Saturday, and hopefully a first win of the new campaign. In the meantime, commiserations to the players who put in a great performance on a big stage, only to be denied by the lottery of a penalty shootout. I’ve had enough of those this summer…