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Carling Cup as it happened

CARLING CUP SEMI-FINAL FIRST LEG RESULT
Derby County 1-0 Manchester United

GOALFLASHES AND MAJOR INCIDENTS (all times GMT)

606: DEBATE
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By Jonathan Stevenson

2152: All over. What a remarkable evening, one that breathes new life not only into Derby County but also the Carling Cup - it's not a straightforward Spurs v Man Utd final now, is it? Congratulations to the Rams, but you'd have to expect a very different United to show up at Old Trafford next time. Don't forget, Tim Lovejoy is on BBC Radio 5 Live on 606 in 10 minutes, and I'll be back on Saturday for the return of the Premier League. Take it easy.

2147: "Well done Derby, I expect them to lose every league game up until the second leg and at Old Trafford give the performance of their lives."
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2145: Here's Westy, with the full-time Player Rater vibe: "The second half has changed little in Player Rater world. Derby's Kris Commons is still by far and away rated the man of the night by you with a mark of 8.53, with Steve Davies still in second on 7.43. But you've slated United - Nani comes out worst with a mark of just 4.38. Danny Welbeck and John O'Shea are also rated below 5. Want to change these marks - then go on Player Rater and cast your vote now."
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2143: Football. Every time you think you've seen it all, something remarkable happens. Derby were top value for that victory and they probably deserved to win by even more. It's only a shame for them that it's a two-legged affair, but they should still go to Old Trafford confident in 13 days' time. What a start for Nigel Clough. What a start.

2140: "United will look to the second leg and say we'll just wait and see, but Derby will look to the history books and see that they have beaten Manchester United 1-0 and they should be very proud of that."
BBC Radio 5 Live's Graham Taylor

2138: Full-time Derby County 1-0 Manchester United

2138: He blazes it over. First leg over. Tie very much alive.

2137: Wayne Rooney is fouled 33 yards out. This could be the last kick of the game, and it will be from the right boot of Cristiano Ronaldo...

2136: Derby midfielder Paul Green latches on to Michael Carrick's misplaced clearance, goes past a couple of tackles and fires over from just inside the box.

2135: Michael Carrick heads weakly straight at Roy Carroll from the resulting free-kick. Two minutes left.

2134: Paul Connolly is booked for a foul on Cristiano Ronaldo down the Man Utd right.

2133: We are into four minutes of stoppage time.

2133: "I'm almost pleased we're losing - should make the return leg more exciting on what is bound to be a b***** cold night."
Ash, ever optimistic United fan, via text on 81111

2132: You know I'd almost forgotten what a good corner Kris Commons takes at times. This one is headed goalwards among a posse of players by Miles Addison, with Nemanja Vidic eventually clearing it away.

2131: Told you he was the new Tom Huddlestone, as Miles Addison is pushed back into defence for the last few minutes. Meanwhile, Darron Gibson fires wide for United. Their shooting has been embarrassing.

2130: Andy Todd has picked up an injury and he can last no longer - his replacement is Robbie Savage. Ever heard of him?

2128: Carlos Tevez gets the ball 25 yards out, turns and blazes woefully over the Derby crossbar. United ask for a corner - if they were cricketers, they'd be fined some of their match fee for that appeal.

2126: Kris Commons is played through but with defenders catching him up, he decides to shoot from 20 yards instead of take the ball forward and he drags it badly wide.

2126: "This is a poor performance but let's be honest we are not in good form. Our results state otherwise, but grinding 1-0s against Stoke and Sunderland just aren't good enough."
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2124: Nacer Barazite, who is on loan from Arsenal, replaces Steve Davies, who can be well pleased with his display tonight.

2123: Unbelievable. How on earth did Rob Hulse miss that? Kris Commons makes a mug of Jonny Evans down the right, cuts inside and fires in a shot that Tomasz Kuszczak can only parry into the path of Hulse four yards out, but the ball arrives at the big striker too quickly and he can only hit the rebound over.

2122: "Appalling really. We thought we could just turn up and win. Embarrassing and lazy play."
Jeremy, bored United fan, via text on 81111

2120: Cristiano Ronaldo promptly slaps the ball wide but it brushes the outside of Roy Carroll's left-hand post with the keeper nowhere to be seen. He hit it like a rocket - that would have been sensational.

2119: Carlos Tevez is hauled down on the edge of the Derby box by Andy Todd after a nice move from United. It's 22 yards out, just left of centre, and the European Footballer of the Year is interested...

2117: Better from United as Rafael plays a give and go and runs at the Derby defence, before setting up Cristiano Ronaldo to fire wide left-footed from 22 yards.

2116: Cristiano Ronaldo's cross goes out for a goalkick and Anderson is taken off, with Michael Carrick replacing the disappointing Brazilian.

2116: "If it stays like this, surely David Lowe will go down in the record books for this game, his only one as a manager, beating Manchester United!"
BBC Radio 5 Live's Mike Ingham

"If that happens, my advice to him would be to retire!"
BBC Radio 5 Live's Graham Taylor

2115: If there's gonna be another goal right now, my money would be on Derby. Kris Commons wins a corner after a great pass from Paul Connolly, and the resulting set-piece is headed wide by Steve Davies.

2113: "Man Utd can't really use the excuse that they aren't fielding a strong team. They kicked off with Vidic, O'Shea, Anderson, Scholes and Tevez on the pitch and now Ronaldo and Rooney are on. Derby deserve all the credit they get."
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2111: Cristiano Ronaldo sets up Rafael on the touchline down the right, but the ball bobbles nastily and his cross drifts out for a goalkick. Can Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney change this tie around? We're halfway through the second half.

2109: The Derby fans are "ole-ing". Nigel must be loving this. Kris Commons shows some lovely control, but his lay-off is misplaced and United clear their lines.

2107: "Does this mean Derby are currently world champions?"
Rachel Tyrrell, Lincoln, via text on 81111

You know, I'm starting to feel a little faint...

2105: Here come the boos. Cristiano Ronaldo comes on for Paul Scholes and Wayne Rooney replaces Danny Welbeck. Game on.

2105: Miles Addison picks out Rob Hulse with a great cross from the right and the big striker chests the ball down but cannot find Steve Davies on the edge of the box with his lay-off.

2104: Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney are stripped off and ready to come on.

2103: "Nani and Anderson are lazy, they act like they are superstars, but they have not made it yet. Fergie will get rid if they don't improve."
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2100: Mile Sterjovski is taken off by Derby County and Gary Teale replaces him.

2059: "This isn't the Paul Scholes we know. In the first half there were three or four times when he gave the ball away, we just are not used to seeing that."
BBC Radio 5 Live's Graham Taylor

2057: Kris Commons should sit Nani down and teach him how to take a corner. His first ball in is cracking and forces John O'Shea to head over from almost under his own crossbar. Lovely delivery.

2056: Get Nani off now. He's being barracked in our office, for heaven's sake. He hits a free-kick from 30 yards way, way too long, straight into the arms of Roy Carroll. It really is unforgivable.

2054: "How can someone such as Nani, who's probably earning something like 50k a week, not hit a corner into the box? It defies belief."
Si, Blackpool, via text on 81111

2052: By the way, if you want to know more about Derby's new manager and the whole Clough dynasty chat, Pat Murphy knows that family better than most so you might be interested in the piece below.
Clough follows in father's footsteps

2050: Rafael is booked for a foul on Kris Commons as the goalscorer surged into the United half.

2049: Nani hits two of the worst corners I have ever seen, both bouncing before they reached the man at the near post. Pathetic.

2048: Word from the street is that Nigel Clough resisted the temptation to pop into the Derby dressing-room at half-time, instead staying in the directors' box. I say street, I mean Pride Park, in fairness. Back under way.

2045: "Can people stop being so negative. Give it a rest. 45 minutes bad performance and you are all jumping up and down. Stay calm. Don't be plastic and also don't get carried away with rival fans just because they criticise the team doesn't mean you join in."
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Wow. I hope Fergie's being as passionate right now.

2041: "Let's not get carried away yet. Burnley were in a similar position last night and look how that turned out. They are playing well though, Derby, that I can't deny."
Andrew from Newcastle, via text on 81111

2039: I wonder if Nigel Clough and Billy Davies think they are the luckiest people in the world to land the Derby and Forest jobs... having said that, they'll probably feel differently at 4.45 on Saturday.

2037: It's a Westy-sponsored Player Rater today. And, by jove, here it is: "At half-time Kris Commons is rated as the star performer by all of you out there in player rater land. He heads the marks on 8.59, with team-mate Steve Davies in second on 7.58. No United players have "broken the seven", with Nemanja Vidic rated their top player on 6.56 so far."
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'Broken the seven'. Danny the Stat will be so proud.

2033: "It's not a great game, but it's an interesting one. Derby have just edged it so far in front of their new manager and they deserve to be ahead, so well done to them."
BBC Radio 5 Live's Graham Taylor

2031: Half-time Derby County 1-0 Manchester United

2030: Remember, United have Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney, Ryan Giggs and Michael Carrick on the bench. Options.

2029: Carlos Tevez has been very, very quiet so far - I wonder if he's still smarting from the whole contract debacle earlier this week. He tries to find Rafael down the right, but passes straight to Mo Camara.

2026: "Todd at the back, Clough watching on from the stands, and the Rams playing some excellent football... sounds familiar!!"
Jon Wood, via text on 81111

2025: Nani requires a bit of treatment after going down in the Derby half, but he'll be OK to continue.

2023: John O'Shea is looking very nervy at left-back and he almost under-hits a back-pass, Tomasz Kuszczak had to be very alert there to clear his lines.

2021: "Derby are playing far better so far, they look threatening every time they attack. That's what happens when Nani and O'Shea play in the same team."
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2018: Andy Todd skips past Paul Scholes and has a great chance to shoot from 22 yards, but he instead decides to pass to Rob Hulse and the striker is caught unawares, the ball runs out of play in the end.

2017: Carlos Tevez tees up Paul Scholes 25 yards out, but he cannot replicate Kris Commons' strike and he slices the ball well wide of Roy Carroll's left-hand post.

2015: GOAL Derby County 1-0 Manchester United
Fantastic goal, absolutely brilliant. Mile Sterjovski tees up Kris Commons and the former Nottingham Forest winger surges forward and smashes in an unstoppable 25-yard left-footer into the far corner. What a hit.

2013: Derby go up the other end and Miles Addison (the new Tom Huddlestone?) hammers a shot off target from outside the area.

2013: Lovely one-two between Nani and John O'Shea ends with the Irishman having a shot blocked - that was much, much better from Man Utd.

2012: "(See 1938) Healybetterthankaka, have you forgotten that Southampton were United's bogey team for years too. Didn't help them much on Sunday."
Nick, via text on 81111

2011: Tomasz Kuszczak punches Kris Commons' free-kick to the edge of the United box - straight to Andy Todd, who can only lift the ball over the crossbar.

2009: Steve Davies shrugs off the challenge of Rafael and speeds towards the United penalty area, but he is off balance when he shoots from 20 yards and it flies miles wide of Tomasz Kuszczak's goal.

2008: Carlos Tevez has a shot cleared away and a few moments later Nani tries twice to cross from the left, but they are poor efforts and easily cleared. United look a bit powder puff so far up front.

2005: "A Derby win would be almost as unrealistic as Shola Ameobi getting a contract extenstion - oh wait..."
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Ameobi pens new deal at Newcastle

2004: Darron Gibson fires over a fine cross from the right, but Danny Welbeck just cannot get on the end of it and Roy Carroll lets it go out for a goalkick.

2001: United have had more of the ball tonight, but Derby are working their socks off and openings are hard to find. Can the Rams emulate their neighbours Forest and pull off a cup shock with their new gaffer watching on from the stands?

1958: "I'm a Derby fan at uni in Southampton. My mates bet me that I would not cycle to the game tonight, so I did. I'm sat in the east stand, please feel free to buy me bovril!"
Trev Johnston, via text on 81111

1955: Good start for Derby, this. United have had a bit of the ball, but Derby are flying forward whenever they get the chance and putting United under real pressure. Warning, though: don't go too early - remember Burnley last night?

1953: Another chance for Derby as Kris Commons' corner from the left is headed to the edge of the box and Mile Sterjovski's right-foot shot is cleared off the line by Jonny Evans.

1951: Remarkable scenes inside the Man Utd box and Derby are just not able to take advantage, with first Tomasz Kuszczak and then Nemanja Vidic stopping Steve Davies from scoring after United could not deal with Davies's cross from the left.

1949: "How refreshing to see the interest taken in this competition; it was a joke less than five years ago."
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No it wasn't. Sorry, it just wasn't.

1947: Tomasz Kuszczak drops a cross from the Derby right, but referee Phil Dowd rules he was impeded.

1947: "Got a feeling the Championship side will sneak a win tonight in front of the manager-to-be. Good luck to them!"
James, Huddersfield, via text on 81111

1945: We are big time under way at Pride Park.

1943: My gaffer tonight, Westy, has fired over a few facts for our consumption: Derby have won only two of their last seven games, while United are unbeaten in 14. Also, these two have only ever met once before in this competition, in the fifth round in 1969. It finished 0-0 at the Baseball Ground and United won the replay 1-0. The managers? Brian Clough and Sir Matt Busby.

1941: The teams are out. There is actually an important game on tonight, and it kicks off very shortly.

1940: "It takes on a different significance, this competition, when you get to the semi-final. You hope the younger boys will do well and they have. As for Nigel Clough, it's good timing from Derby to get him in, but we're Manchester United and shouldn't be bothered by that. Nigel did a fabulous job at Burton and the time has come, he's stepped up at the right time."
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson

1938: "Is everybody forgetting that Derby were United's bogey team for years?"
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1936: "We need to get a smile on the players faces and get them winning again. It's been a difficult 18 months for the club."
Derby County manager Nigel Clough

1933: "Just arrived at Pride Park... looking forward to seeing Nigel manage the side, but just heard Carlos Tevez is playing up front for United. Looks like a strong side... yikes!"
Dave, in a very chilly Pride Park, via text on 81111

1930: Stevo's difficult-not-to-annoy-fans-of-both-teams Predo:
Derby 1-3 Man Utd

1928: In a week in which he is reported to have angered Fergie by claiming he would "love" to play for Real Madrid, Carlos Tevez returns to Manchester United's starting line-up, replacing Dimitar Berbatov. Tomasz Kuszczak, Rafael da Silva, Paul Scholes and Darron Gibson are also included, while Cristiano Ronaldo is among the substitutes. Derby's academy manager David Lowe makes three changes with Paul Connolly returning from injury to captain the side while Andy Todd and Mile Sterjovski are also restored.

1925: Nigel Clough will not be in charge tonight, but he will be presented to the Derby fans before kick-off. The Rams haven't been in a domestic cup semi since 1976, but Cloughie has - he won this tournament twice as a Forest player, in 1989 and 1990. I wonder if he gave the players any advice, he did say he'd pop into the dressing-room before the start.

1921: DERBY COUNTY v MANCHESTER UNITED LINE-UPS
Derby: Carroll, Connolly, Todd, Nyatanga, Camara, Sterjovski, Green, Addison, Commons, Hulse, Davies.
Subs: Bywater, Savage, Teale, Barazite, Dickinson, Powell, Hines.
Man Utd: Kuszczak, Rafael Da Silva, Vidic, Evans, O'Shea, Anderson, Scholes, Gibson, Nani, Tevez, Welbeck.
Subs: Amos, Ronaldo, Rooney, Giggs, Carrick, Fletcher, Possebon.
Referee: Phil Dowd (Staffordshire).

1918: "Come on Derby, we are gonna win 2-0!! Show Clough what we can do!!"
Matt from Derby, via text on 81111

1915: "This is going to be our best season ever. I've lost count of how many trophies we're going to win. I think it's six!"
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Most annoying post ever? Oh, and he's a United fan, by the way, not Derby. You probably knew that.

1911: You know, I've a feeling a few of you will want to get in touch tonight, I don't know why. Here's how: Text on the magical 81111, and get yourself involved with the gang on 606. I await your baiting with, er, bated breath. Fair game, I think they call it. Oh, and if you're at Pride Park, your text scores double.
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1907: He may be the name on everyone's lips, but young Nigel (will it always be so?) will have to wait to make his impact on Derby County. For tonight the Rams are led by academy boss David Lowe as they welcome world champions Manchester United to Pride Park for the first leg of their Carling Cup semi-final.

1904: As a football lover with a vested interest in the family, it is an absolute delight to welcome the Clough name back to the big time of our sport. Nigel Clough is a gentleman of the game, a man who has always gone about his business with pride, focus and endeavour, and few who have come into contact with him would ever wish him anything but success. I spent my formative years watching Clough play up front for Nottingham Forest and a finer professional it would be hard to think of. Derby's gamble could turn out to be a very, very shrewd one.

1900: Tonight is a very, very special night for the people of Derby. Forty-two years ago, aged 32, a certain Brian Clough breezed into the Baseball Ground and changed the face of the club forever. He hauled the Rams out of the old Second Division, remarkably led them to their first league title in 1972 and then the semi-finals of the European Cup a year later, before quitting amid controversy in October 1973.

This evening, at their Pride Park stadium, Derby's loyal following will be introduced to their new manager - Brian's son, Nigel. Once again, there is a Clough in residence - and how the locals will revel in his arrival.
Clough takes over as Derby boss

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see also
Derby 1-0 Man Utd
07 Jan 09 |  League Cup
Carling Cup photos
07 Jan 09 |  League Cup
Tottenham 4-1 Burnley
06 Jan 09 |  League Cup
Alan Hansen's column
05 Jan 09 |  Football


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