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"This was a frantic match"
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Derby County manager Jim Smith
"This was a dogged draw"
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Saturday, 20 January, 2001, 17:06 GMT
Derby and City share spoils
Pauo Wanchope
City's Paulo Wanhope evades Taribo West
Derby County 1-1 Manchester City

Derby and Manchester City shared the points in a game that neither really deserved to win.

Rams' skipper Darryl Powell breathed life into a poor game when he scored the opening goal at the start of the second-half.

But the lead was not intact for long, City's Steve Howey equalising with an emphatic header just minutes later.

There were chances for either side to snatch a win after that, but neither had the wit or composure to do so.

The first half was truly dire, the teams offering the sort of football that you would expect from relegation strugglers.

The players were committed and ferocious tackles flew in, but the ball was frequently given away and there was not a single shot on goal during the first 45 minutes.

Controversial Tiatto

City had a good opportunity early on. Danny Tiatto robbed Horatio Carbonari on the left and played the ball to Alfie Haaland, who crossed invitingly into the box from the by-line.

Paulo Wanchope was lurking on the edge of the six yard box, but Mart Poom was alert and knocked the ball away from the Costa Rican.

At least we defended well today
  Joe Royle
Man City manager
City had another good opportunity on the half-hour.

Tiatto, who was becoming increasingly unpopular with the home fans because of some dubious challenges, fed the ball to Darren Huckerby just inside Derby's half.

The speedy striker got past Youl Mawene and ran to the edge of the area, but his ambitious attempt at a curler into the top corner went wide.

Derby brought the game to life within just four minutes of the re-start.

Late excitement

Malcolm Christie linked up brilliantly with Deon Burton inside City's area before crossing.

Powell powered in to bundle the ball into the net from close range.

City responded almost immediately, when Howey easily outjumped Taribo West to head home Tiatto's left-wing corner.

We've been found wanting - it was players not taking their responsibilities
  Colin Todd
Derby assistant manager
Chances were infrequent after that. Christie had one chance when he tried to lob Weaver from the edge of the area, but City's goalkeeper was alert and palmed the ball wide.

Goater then had a good chance for the visitors. He managed to hold on to the ball and contrive a shot from close range that was deflected out for a corner.

The game finally provided some excitement in the closing minutes, with the football frantically flowing from end to end, but neither side could grab a winner.

Derby: Poom, Mawene, Carbonari, West, Delap, Higginbotham, Burley, Powell, Murray, Burton, Christie.
Subs: Morris, Martin, Bragstad, Boertien, Oakes.

Man City: Weaver, Howey, Ritchie, Prior, Dunne, Whitley, Wiekens, Haaland, Tiatto, Huckerby, Wanchope.
Subs: Goater, Granville, Wright-Phillips, Grant, Nash.

Referee: J Winter (Stockton-on-Tees).

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