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McClaren: 'If you dive on purpose you deserve to get booked'

6 October 2014

What the papers said about Saturday's 0-0 draw at Derby

The local media in Derby covered both incidents in their match reports:

Rams winger Jordon Ibe was booked for diving after 30 minutes when he went to ground in the penalty area, however The Lions were denied what looked to be a nailed on spot-kick of their own in the opening 20 minutes when Lee Gregory was impeded by Cyrus Christie as he rose to meet a Richard Chaplow corner.

It was a tale of two penalties - one not given and one that should have been - at the iPro Stadium on Saturday as Millwall dug out a 0-0 draw with Steve McClaren's high-flyers.

Ashbourne News Telegraph
'It was not a penalty' admits Derby County head coach Steve McClaren

Derby County head coach Steve McClaren says the referee was right not to award his side a penalty during the team's 0-0 draw with Millwall.

There were loud cries for a spot kick when Rams winger Jordon Ibe, on loan from Liverpool, went down in the area.

The 18-year-old burst into the box and touched the ball past goalkeeper David Forde before tumbling.

He was booked for diving by referee Mark Haywood, but the anger of the Millwall players towards the teenager sparked a melee.

Asked for his thoughts on the incident at the iPro Stadium on Saturday, McClaren said: "I haven't seen it again but I didn't think it was a penalty.

"I thought the goalkeeper had it covered and kept his hands down. The referee got it right.

"Sometimes you can get into a situation where you do go down because momentum takes you but I always say to players if you do dive on purpose, you deserve to get booked.

"Will I mention it to Jordon? No, I think it is something he will learn from the reaction that followed and no doubt you boys (the press) will also mention it in your little columns."

Burton Mail

There was to be no late show this time.

Derby County have proved to be the masters of winning or saving games in the closing stages.

Almost half of their goals this season have come from the 80th minute onwards but for the second time in seven months they failed to break down a well-drilled Millwall side.

The Lions are the last team to beat Derby at home. They won at the iPro Stadium in March and left with a point from a goalless draw on Saturday.

Scoring goals has not been a problem for Steve McClaren's side.

Derby finished last season as the Championship's top scorers with 84 in 46 matches – just short of two goals per game – and had hit 19 in 10 league fixtures going into the Millwall game.

Seeing them struggle to find the net is a rarity.

It has happened only twice in 14 games this season, the other was away to Sheffield Wednesday, and three times in the last 23 outings stretching back to early April.

Quality in the final third has been a given.

That quality was missing against Millwall.

The wide players, usually so influential in the way Derby play, had an off day and Craig Forsyth is not finding his usual range and accuracy of delivery from left-back.

The final pass, cross or finish from all areas of the pitch never reached the standards we have seen so often.

So much so, that visiting goalkeeper David Forde made only one save of note when he pushed away Jamie Ward's strike from distance.

Jordon Ibe's ability to skip past markers in tight areas promised plenty but his end product let him down.

He also collected a yellow card for what referee Mark Haywood judged to be a dive in the area. The incident angered the Millwall players and lead to a melee involving players of both teams.

Derby's tempo was good early on.

Ward sent a couple of shots wide, Cyrus Christie was positive again from right-back and Derby fired searching diagonal balls when it became congested through the middle.

An early goal was needed to prise Millwall from their shape but Ian Holloway's team drew Derby's sting and created as many openings over the 90 minutes without ever seriously troubling Lee Grant.

Striker Lee Gregory was lively for the visitors and left-back Matthew Briggs impressed on his league debut.

Gregory, who scored 31 goals in 39 appearances for non-league Halifax last season, sent a shot straight at Grant before Briggs' effort flashed narrowly wide.

Millwall had been a little unfortunate not to be awarded a penalty earlier when Christie appeared to push Gregory as both attempted to reach a flick on.

Derby's work rate and desire was there but much of what they tried did not come off. It was not their day.

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