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Last Updated: Monday, 28 May 2007, 15:52 GMT 16:52 UK
Derby-West Brom at it happened

By Charlie Henderson

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    Player rater: Substitute Giles Barnes is Man of the Match at the moment, with goalscorer Stephen Pearson and West Brom playmaker Jason Koumas close behind.

    1700: Billy Davies milks the Derby crowd as he gets his hands on the trophy for every single drop of applause. His side were 175-1 to go up at the start of the season but now they are in the big time. The champagne corks pop, the party has started, and the hard work will soon follow.
    Congratulations to County.

    "A remarkable year. We thought the chance had gone but now it has happened. What a fantastic achievement. It is all down to Billy and his team. He has done a fantastic job."
    Derby chairman Peter Gadsby

    1958: Goalkeeper Stephen Bywater is whooping in delight as Matt Oakley lifts the trophy. For once, Billy Davies looks remarkably calm as he hangs back and applauds his team.

    1957: Manager Billy Davies is at the back of the line of his players high fiving fans on either side of the 107 steps.

    1655: Some of the players have got their hands on a "We're Going Up" banner and now they are going up the steps to the Royal Box to get their hands on the play-off trophy.

    "The Derby half of Wembley is in rapture, with Billy Davies leading the celebrations. Things are unsurprisingly a lot quieter in the West Brom end, but the Baggies players have stayed on the pitch and are applauding what remains of their fans."
    BBC Sport's Chris Bevan at Wembley

    1653: Billy Davies is punching the air like a loon as his players dance with delight, cavorting around hugging each other. It is third time lucky in the play-offs for Billy Davies and Derby are back in the top flight for the first time since the 2001/02 season. Justice for a team that finished third.

    "The game panned out exactly as I thought. Derby's extra work-rate was the difference. West Brom's season has come to absolutely nothing and they are back to square one."
    Five Live analyst Steve Claridge

    1652: FULL-TIME Derby 1-0 West Brom
    The corner is cleared, the final whistle goes and Derby are in the Premiership.

    1651: After the melee dies down Neil Clement's free-kick is deflected wide for a corner.

    1650: Dean Kiely thumps the ball long. It has been frantic for a while and now it has got fractious. Matt Oakley trips the rampaging Jason Koumas who jumps back to his feet and shapes to clobber the County captain. Handbags thereafter with people piling in and Oakley is booked.

    1649: An excellent free-kick into the box but nobody, from either team, can get on the end of it. Goal-kick for Derby. Tony Mowbray looks forlorn. The clam that engulfed Billy Davies for a split second is gone. He's furious about something.

    1648: The first of four minutes of added time. Billy Davies calmly slugs on a bottle of water. He may not be so cool now his side concede a free-kick on the right. Dave Jones is booked.

    1647: Boos ring out as the crowd is announced. It is just 74,993 so there are more than 15,000 empty seats at Wembley today. That's a disgrace. There will be four minutes of added time.

    1646: A last big push from the Baggies. Jason Koumas darts into the box. Chaos ensues and it's a corner for West Brom. Paul Robinson heads the corner over.

    1645: The Derby fans are dancing. Head in hands time for West Brom. They want to see their team pushing for a goal and sustaining pressure, but at the moment they are in their own half.

    1644: Seth Johnson stays down after a challenge and Diomansy Kamara is infuriated. Johnson slowly gets to his feet and walks off to be replaced by Dave Jones. "He just sat down," implores Steve Claridge on Five Live.

    1643: Inside the last five minutes now.

    1642: Tyrone Mears made a wonderful stretching tackle in the area in the first half, and here is another. He takes the ball off the toes of Darren Carter and anything less than exquisite precision would have resulted in a penalty there.

    1641: A solid last-ditch challenge from Jonathan Greening on Giles Barnes, just as the substitute was shaping to shoot on the left of the box.

    1639: Derby look to shore things up at the back. Defender Marc Edworthy comes on for attacking midfielder Craig Fagan. The former Hull winger was struggling with cramp.

    "Diomansy Kamara going wide is a waste for West Brom."
    Five Live analyst David Pleat

    "Billy Davies gestures to the Derby fans to lift their team again. You sense the Rams are going to need that 12th man if they are going to survive the closing stages."
    BBC Sport's Chris Bevan at Wembley

    1638: Hope is the last thing to go, but time is running out for Albion fans as we enter the last 10 minutes of normal time. Neil Clement replaces Sam Sodje.

    1637: Diomansy Kamara drops deep to help the Baggies build, but Derby are resolute in defence, from front to back. Albion are rushing and losing their shape.

    1636: Kevin Phillips hooks a deflected corner on goal, but the ball came off his left arm in the build up. Stephen Bywater saves the effort anyway.

    1635: Albion crowd out Giles Barnes on the byeline and break. Nathan Ellington is played in at the other end but he fails to get the ball out from under his feet quick enough and his hurried shot is weak.

    "Giles Barnes is getting it in the ear now from Billy Davies, who wants him to push forward with Steve Howard and keep an eye on Jonathan Greening at the same time - or that how it seems anyway. Either way, Davies is not happy.

    "Tony Mowbray's also out in his technical area but he hasn't taken his hands out of his pockets since Derby scored - maybe he has got something special in there to turn this game around?"
    BBC Sport's Chris Bevan at Wembley

    1633: West Brom win a free-kick on halfway as Tyrone Mears slides in and concedes a free-kick. Another man living life on the edge with Graham Poll.

    1632: One of those snazzy graphics comes up on screen. Derby have had "0%" of the play in their attacking third over the last five minutes. It could be a long last 15 minutes if they are to win this in the 90.

    1631: Kevin Phillips hooks a Diomansy Kamara cross back across goal, but Stephen Bywater snaffles the ball before Nathan Ellington can get on the end of it.

    1630: Paul Robinson meets a deep free-kick at the back post but his header is straight at Stephen Bywater.

    1629: Petulance on the bench from Paul McShane after being subbed. He chucks a training top down in disgust at being dragged off. That or he is still reflecting on the fact that he allowed Stephen Pearson to get in front of him for the goal.

    1628: A double change for West Brom. Darren Carter for Zoltan Gera and Nathan Ellington for Paul McShane. That means Jonathan Greening will drop to full-back with 'The Duke' making it a three-man attack.

    1627: Jonathan Greening squirms through a busy box and past three white shirts before winning a corner. Derby struggle to clear before Diomansy Kamara arrows an effort high over the bar.

    1625: Sam Sodje thunders into Matt Oakley. Dangerous for a player on a yellow card and he does not even get a talking to from Graham Poll.

    1623: West Brom boss Tony Mowbray still looks cool and calm with hands in pockets. With things as they are maybe the hands are actually in the pockets in an effort to stay warm.

    1622: Zoltan Gera spins into space outside the Derby area and fires in a left-footed shot. Stephen Bywater is easily behind it before, wahey, he juggles it high in the air before gratefully grasping at the second attempt.

    1620: Chris Perry crunches in to Giles Barnes from behind on halfway. A booking.

    1619: Another mesmerising run from Jason Koumas. But Darren Moore is not hypnotised and refuses to lunge in in the box. The Welshman drags his effort wide.

    1618: That is perfect for the game. A Baggies goal and you would be wondering what Derby had up their sleeve. As it is we know what the Albion have got, they just need to produce it now.

    1617: GOAL Derby 1-0 West Brom
    Giles Barnes plays his part in that one as Derby take the lead. County break down the right and Steve Howard finds Barnes who crosses for Stephen Pearson to slide in ahead of Paul McShane and score.

    1615: Giles Barnes doesn't play a part in it, but Derby force a fine save from Dean Kiely fashioned out of nothing. Craig Fagan fires in a low cross which Matt Oakley volleys across his body and on target. "Simple save" is Steve Claridge's verdict. Seems a bit more than that for someone who has had little to do for most of the afternoon.

    1614: A first change and it is Derby who make it. Giles Barnes comes on for Paul Peschisolido. Livewire Barnes will need to check Albion's progress with some breaks.

    1613: A Baggies momentum is building.

    1612: Derby threaten on the break, but Stephen Pearson cannot get round Sam Sodje.

    "Billy Davies is back on his feet and he hasn't stopped badgering Derby winger Stephen Pearson since the interval. Pearson must have been a lot happier in the first-half when he was on the opposite flank and out of earshot of his manager."
    BBC Sport's Chris Bevan at Wembley

    1610: There's the difference in size between Darren Moore and Kevin Phillips for all to see. The Baggies striker comes off second best as they collide going for the ball. Phillips bounces off the unflinching Moore and thumps into the ground.

    1609: An ambitious effort from Derby skipper Matt Oakley who drags a low effort wide of the Albion goal.

    1607: Darren Moore has been a rock at the back for Derby and slides in to block a forward pass from Diomansy Kamara to Kevin Phillips. Bit of a mis-match that, in terms of size and solidity.

    1606: Derby are rocking and in response Giles Barnes has been told to go and warm up. The midfielder is recovering from a knee injury and came on just after the hour in their last match against Southampton.

    1605: Tyrone Mears clips the breaking Jason Koumas and is booked. Diomansy Kamara's free-kick, from a central position, is always going over. Over the wall and over the bar.

    1604: Stephen Bywater is back in action again, falling on the ball to his left to save a Jason Koumas shot.

    1603: Just as in the first 45, the Baggies are out of the blocks the quicker but nobody can get on to Zoltan Gera's low cross, which is gathered by Stephen Bywater.

    1602: The action resumes.

    1601: Here come Derby. No changes for either side.

    1600: The players are back out, Albion first.

    Player rate: It is advantage West Brom, with 10 of their players showing better than their opposite number and Zolton Gera and Diomansy Kamara leading the way at the moment.

    "Penalties I feel. Locked at 0-0 and it's tight so we'll see. Come on Rams."
    gornalwolves25 on the 606 messageboards

    "Players were going forward with a lot of energy right from the first whistle. They are working the ball but there have only been three really good chances. West Brom are beginning to assert their authority on the game. Billy Davies has a lot to do at half-time but he won't be too disappointed."
    BBC Five Live analyst David Pleat

    1546: HALF-TIME Derby 0-0 West Brom
    That's that for now.

    1545: One minute of added time to the break. It's coming at a bad time for Albion who are in the ascendancy.

    1543: Best football of the match. Zoltan Gera lays off a Diomansy Kamara pass on the edge of the box. It is perfectly weighted for Kevin Phillips to run on to and his thundering shot grazes the crossbar.

    1541: Jason Koumas shows a turn of pace, bursts down the left and whips a cross in from the byeline. Stephen Bywater flaps and so does Zoltan Gera, who fails to make a decent connection.

    1539: That sparks some life into West Brom, and too much into Paul McShane. After a frenzied period in their own defence, Derby look to break clear but Steve Howard's efforts to get on to a loose ball come to an abrupt end when he meets the high boot of the mop-haired McShane. The full-back is booked.

    1538: Chris Perry slides back towards goal to clear a low Craig Fagan cross.

    1537: Level in bookings, level in goals and level in corners at two apiece. And it's almost all square in the possession stakes. Derby are edging it at 51%.

    1536: it is now one all in terms of yellow cards. Sam Sodje comes through on Seth Johnson after the Derby man thumps the ball clear. Five Live summariser Steve Claridge describes the Albion defender as a "tad clumsy", in general.

    1534: Derby move forward from inside their own half with a short, slick passing move. Crisp, but the end product from skipper Matt Oakley isn't. He snaps at Craig Fagan's chest down on the edge of the area and the shot bobbles wide.

    1533: It's a pretty poor corner as well. The deadball delivery has been, well, dead in this match so far.

    1532: A poorly worked Derby free-kick is deflected for a corner.

    1531: Sam Sodje jumps into Steve Howard under a high ball and plants his studs in the striker's back.

    1529: A first booking of the game and Graham Poll flourishes the yellow card at Paul Peschisolido after he clatters into Paul Robinson. Something over nothing.

    1527: More good work by Jay McEveley. He nicks the ball off the toes of Diomansy Kamara on the edge of the box. The Baggies are resurgent.

    1526: Diomansy Kamara whips a cross in from the left and Jay McEveley blocks Zoltan Gera's goalbound volley.

    1524: A quieter spell after that flurry of activity.

    Player rater: Despite that misjudgement from Kevin Phillips he is leading the way with you in the man-of-the-match stakes. Early days yet though.

    1522: A second successive free-kick balloons up off a head. Jason Koumas needs to adjust his radar. So does Kevin Phillips. The striker misjudges the dropping ball which bounces square off his bonce and out for a goal-kick.

    1521: Stephen Bywater has to remain watchful there as he tips over a dipping, deflected free-kick over his bar. Derby clear the corner but concede another free-kick in a wide position.

    1519: That bright Baggies start is a distant memory. Derby are looking lively and Craig Fagan arrows in off the right flank before firing wide.

    1517: Now a corner for County on the right. Again it is headed clear.

    1516: A County free-kick in a dangerous area on their right. Zoltan Gera heads clear.

    1515: This game has settled down nicely and we could be in for a good afternoon's entertainment.

    "Derby boss Billy Davies is like a jack-in-the-box - continually off his seat and into the technical area to scream instructions to his defence."
    BBC Sport's Chris Bevan at Wembley

    1513: Now Jason Koumas goes on a slaloming run forward. He ghosts past the defence as if they're not there before Tyrone Mears dives in with an excellent tackle inside the area. Koumas is disgusted with the decision.

    1512: This game has suddenly gone end-to-end. Diomansy Kamara darts forward from halfway, before Derby return with interest only to be crowded out on the edge of the box.

    1510: Out of nothing a gilt-edged chance for Derby. Steve Howard slips a pass through to Paul Peschisolido but he pokes his effort straight at Dean Kiely. Clearly he's still ring rusty after getting a rare chance to start. Poor.

    1509: Kevin Phillips looks to link with Diomansy Kamara, but the Englishman's reverse pass just evades the Senegalese striker outside the area.

    1508: Albion boss Tony Mowbray played in the last Championship play-off final at Wembley when he was at Ipswich. Times have changed and now he's suited and booted leaning on a barrier near the dug out. Concentrated but calm, with hands in pockets.

    1506: Promise for Derby. Craig Fagan breaks away from the Baggies backline but is unable to steal on to a long ball ahead of Dean Kiely in the Albion goal.

    1504: Hairband wearing Dean Leacock tracks Diomansy Kamara well and slides in to clear. The Baggies are bang into this match. County have been caught cold. Not surprising in this weather mind. Someone's probably wearing gloves out there.

    1503: Crikey. Have County touched the ball yet? Well Darren Moore gets his boot to the ball there and concedes a corner. The linesman points for a goal-kick. Perplexing.

    1501: Maybe there's something in this black shirt stuff. A good start from West Brom and Diomansy Kamara fires in a low shot which Stephen Bywater does well to save.

    1500: Graham Poll starts proceedings.

    1459: Apparently the Baggies have not won in their usual yellow and green change strip this season so have got the club tailor working overtime to get this number sorted.

    1458: Last-minute words of encouragement on the pitch between the players. Nothing the managers can do. Derby are in their first-choice kit and the Baggies are wearing all black. Hopefully it won't be a black day for them.

    1456: Those 10,000 empty seats look terrible on such a big occasion. A huge chunk around the tunnel looks particularly ugly.

    1455: The National Anthem is sung by a bloke who looks about 12. He is in fact Gardar Thor Cortes. Powerful voice and a good Midlands name that! He is in fact 33, but that youthful appearance is a great advert for the Icelandic air.

    1454: The introductions include a handshake for referee Graham Poll in his last domestic match. The retiring referee - in terms of his imminent career choice as opposed to his headline grabbing ability - will be in action next in a Euro 2008 qualifier.

    1452: Managers Billy Davies and Tony Mowbray embrace in the tunnel before leading their teams out to an amazing Wembley welcome. Confetti. Flame-throwers. Everything's kicking off.

    "Billy Davies has been ambitious and wants to play on the front foot and get the first goal. He has a reasonably strong bench and will attack the game."
    BBC Five Live analyst David Pleat

    "Two giant inflatable kites, one displaying Derby's badge, the other West Brom's, are circling the pitch. Good to see they didn't go with one sporting the Arsenal emblem as they did in the test run earlier! It's fair to say the fans are in a frenzy with kick-off less than 10 minutes away."
    BBC Sport's Chris Bevan at Wembley

    1446: Pretty similar pre-match words from the men in suits, but they had different views on the build-up to this game. Tony Mowbray came down to have a peer at Wembley with his squad of players, while Billy Davies and his boys stayed well clear.

    1444: Billy Davies has called for his players to go and make themselves "Derby legends" today while Tony Mowbray has urged his "big players to come to the party".

    "Super Kevin Phillips is still a legend and is capable of scoring a couple. Come on. Boing Boing Baggies Baggies."

    1438: It's certainly never dull supporting Albion. In the last six years they've been promoted, relegated, promoted, survived in the Premiership after the so-called 'Great Escape', relegated and now this.

    "Davey Jones the player, not the squid-like creature from Pirates of the Caribbean, will be the star for Derby who will win 3-2."
    Snoop on the 606 messageboards

    "Derby's Darren Currie, who did not make their squad despite being a virtual ever-present since joining on loan from Ipswich in March, is cutting a disconsolate figure on the touchline. He is still offering words of encouragement to his team-mates though."
    BBC Sport's Chris Bevan at Wembley

    1434: A year's a long time in football - just ask these clubs. May 2006 and Albion were 19th in the Premiership, while County were 20th in the Championship.

    1431: And spare a thought for Rams boss Billy Davies. This is his third successive season in the play-offs, having lost a final two years ago with Preston and then a semi-final 12 months ago.

    1429: Derby have been involved in the play-offs four times, but are yet to go up through them. They have only reached the final once before when they lost to Leicester in 1994.

    1427: In terms of play-off finals, West Brom have been this far once before when they went up to the second tier with victory over Port Vale in 1993. Ossie Ardiles was boss back then.

    1424: These teams have only met seven times in the last decade and it is three wins each. This season it's one apiece.
    4 November 2006: Derby 2-1 West Brom

    2 December 2006: West Brom 1-0 Derby

    1421: The atmosphere's really cranking up as the players warm up.

    1417: That has come as a real blow to supporters of each club who could have easily filled the 10,000 seats.

    "We could have sold the tickets but Wembley weren't able to, didn't want to, couldn't allow us to sell the tickets. It's their inability to make arrangements to sell the tickets, even on a cost-sharing basis. The problem doesn't lie with us."
    Lord Brian Mawhinney, Football League chairman

    1415: You could also buy shedloads of Club Wembley debenture tickets. Unfortunately they will be a big red scar on today's occasion as they are empty again so no capacity crowd. It will be an estimated 10,000 shy of a full house.

    1412: So then, 60m. That's enough to build two Pride Parks, and you'd still have 4m in loose change in your back pocket. You could also get two Andriy Shevchenkos. Hopefully the clone would prove more prolific in front of goal.

    "Both teams are out on the pitch and warming up under some very grey Wembley skies. The Derby fans in front of me are a bit shocked by the inclusion of Paul Peschisolido."
    BBC Sport's Chris Bevan at Wembley

    1409: First things first, here is the team news...

    Derby plump for Paul Peschisolido in attack instead of Jon Macken, while West Brom stick with an unchanged team. It is Peschisolido's fifth start of the season and his second in eight months.

    Derby: Bywater, Mears, Leacock, Moore, McEveley, Fagan, Oakley, Seth Johnson, Pearson, Howard, Peschisolido.
    Subs: Camp, Edworthy, Jones, Macken, Barnes.

    West Brom: Kiely, McShane, Perry, Sodje, Robinson, Koumas, Greening, Gera, Koren, Kamara, Phillips. Subs:
    Daniels, Clement, Ellington, Chaplow, Carter.

    "Whether Paul Peschisolido will last the 90 minutes I don't know, but he's a proven goalscorer and anyone playing alongside Steve Howard will get chances. If Sam Sodje picks up Howard it just may be that Billy Davies thinks Peschisolido could get the run on Chris Perry."
    BBC Five Live analyst David Pleat

    1405: It's almost June - although you wouldn't know it looking out of the window - and finally we have come to the last club action of the season, a game dubbed readily left, right and centre as the "60m match".

  • The Coca-Cola Football League Championship Table
    30 January 2010 19:21
        P GD PTS
    1 Newcastle 27 27 56
    2 Nottm Forest 28 23 52

    3 West Brom 27 26 50
    4 Cardiff 27 22 45
    5 Swansea 27 3 42
    6 Sheff Utd 27 4 41

    7 Blackpool 27 10 40
    8 Leicester 26 2 39
    9 Middlesbrough 28 7 37
    10 Bristol City 27 -4 36
    11 Preston 26 -2 35
    12 QPR 27 -4 34
    13 Doncaster 26 -1 33
    14 Coventry 28 -8 33
    15 Barnsley 26 -8 33
    16 Scunthorpe 27 -13 33
    17 Watford 26 -6 32
    18 Derby 28 -11 32
    19 Sheff Wed 28 -12 31
    20 Crystal Palace 27 2 30
    21 Ipswich 27 -8 29

    22 Reading 27 -16 26
    23 Plymouth 26 -14 24
    24 Peterborough 28 -19 18

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