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Last Updated: Saturday, 30 December 2006, 17:29 GMT
Derby 1-0 Plymouth
Morten Bisgaard's 83rd-minute winner gave Derby victory over Plymouth.

Argyle substitute Cherno Samba went close early on, heading Darren Moore's sliced clearance goalwards and forcing Stephen Bywater to tip over.

But Derby had chances of their own with Peter Capaldi heading Moore's shot off the line and Bisgaard forcing Romain Larrieu into a smart save.

Argyle went close again through Barry Hayles before Bisgaard met Arturo Lupoli's cross to give Derby victory.

  • Derby manager Billy Davies:
    "I am very proud of the legacy I left at my previous club Preston, because it was a ready-made team who were always going to compete this season.

    "For Derby to be up there too, after just six months here, is nothing short of remarkable.

    "But there is no way we will last the pace with this squad, we need to add to the squad and raise the bar in terms of quality. To do that, some players will have to go - it is inevitable."

  • Plymouth boss Ian Holloway:
    "I'm very disappointed because we looked solid at the back and I could see us breaking away to score. But we conceded because Jon Stead was very fortunate.

    "We had cleared it up the other wing but Stead had been lazy and not tracked back for Derby and got it in a good position when we lost possession.

    "But that was the only chance Derby had in the game and as it turned out the referee was their best defender because for some reason he pulled play back in the first half when we were on the attack with three versus three."

    Derby: Bywater, Edworthy, Leacock, Moore, Camara, Bisgaard, Oakley, Jones (Barnes 46), Malcolm (Lupoli 62), Howard, Stead (Michael Johnson 89).
    Subs Not Used: Peschisolido, Seth Johnson.

    Booked: Camara.

    Goals: Bisgaard 81.

    Plymouth: Larrieu, Connolly (Summerfield 90), Doumbe, Seip, Aljofree, Norris, Buzsaky (Dickson 90), Nalis, Capaldi, Ebanks-Blake (Samba 13), Hayles.
    Subs Not Used: McCormick, Sawyer.

    Booked: Seip, Connolly, Aljofree.

    Att: 25,775

    Ref: C Webster (Tyne & Wear).


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