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Last Updated: Saturday, 3 February 2007, 17:27 GMT
Southampton 0-1 Derby
Steve Howard's winner saw Derby complete a smash-and-grab raid at Southampton to maintain a six-point lead at the top of the Championship.

Howard rammed home his 13th league goal of the season to give Derby their sixth successive Championship win.

Derby weathered a first-half storm, as first Rudi Skacel and then Jhon Viafara struck the woodwork for Saints.

The Rams improved after the break and Howard's goal inflicted Saints first home defeat since September.

  • Southampton boss George Burley:
    "Derby got lucky with a decision on the goal as the ball clearly went out of play.

    "The linesman was a long way away and the referee didn't have a clear view, although we stopped when it went out.

    "We created a lot of chances and the game could have been over after 15 minutes, but we didn't take them."

  • Derby boss Billy Davies:
    "There's a long way to go and I'm not letting the players get carried away with how well we've done so far.

    "We're on a good run at the moment but this is a hard division to get out of.

    "Southampton were the better team in the first half and at times were tearing us apart before I made a change to get us competing in midfield."

    Southampton: Davis, Baird, Lundekvam, Pele, Bale, Wright, Idiakez, Viafara, Skacel (McGoldrick 54), Rasiak (Dyer 77), Saganowski (Wright-Phillips 53).
    Subs Not Used: Bialkowski, Ostlund.

    Booked: Idiakez, Baird.

    Derby: Bywater, Edworthy, Leacock, Moore, Camara, Oakley (Mears 86), Jones, Malcolm (Teale 35), Fagan (Barnes 53), Pearson, Howard.
    Subs Not Used: Michael Johnson, Lupoli.

    Booked: Howard, Fagan, Barnes.

    Goals: Howard 83.

    Att: 27,656

    Referee: J Moss (West Yorkshire).


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