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Last Updated: Friday, 20 April 2007, 20:38 GMT 21:38 UK
Derby 1-0 Luton
Derby's Lewin Nyatanga celebrates
Nyatanga scored his second goal of the season
Derby remain in the hunt for automatic promotion from the Championship after their 1-0 win over Luton Town confirmed the Hatters' relegation to League One.

Matt Oakley hit the bar and Steven Howard had a header cleared off the line before the Rams took the lead with Lewin Nyatanga's close-range finish.

Giles Barnes headed against the bar for Derby after the break and Talbot missed a good chance to grab an equaliser.

Rams keeper Stephen Bywater then denied Besian Idrizaj with a fingertip save.


  • Derby manager Billy Davies:

  • "It puts a bit of pressure on one or two teams.

    "It was a 'must-win' game. Unfortunately we only scored one goal and that made us nervous.

    "We are in the early stages of development. I've been here 10 months, but I'm delighted by our progress."

  • Luton manager Kevin Blackwell:

  • "The players put on a a terrific performance. I'm so proud of them and this has definitely given me something to work with.

    "We dominated large parts of the game, but we lacked a that bit of knowledge.

    "We've a dynamic new chairman and with some of the young players we have the club has a future."


    Derby: Bywater, Edworthy, Leacock, Nyatanga, McEveley, Teale (Pearson 73), Oakley, Jones, Currie (Lupoli 65), Howard, Barnes (Fagan 80).
    Subs Not Used: Grant, Mears.

    Goals: Nyatanga 37.

    Luton: Brill, Foley, Coyne, Barnett, Emanuel, O'Leary (Langley 73), Spring, Heikkinen, Bell, Andrew, Talbot (Idrizaj 65).
    Subs Not Used: Perrett, Boyd, Keane.

    Booked: Idrizaj.

    Att: 28,499.

    Ref: R Beeby (Northamptonshire).



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