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07 December 2019 Venue Ewood Park Attendance

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Preview: Rovers v Derby County

A look ahead to this afternoon's home clash again

7 December 2019

Rovers return to action at Ewood Park by going in search of a fourth successive Championship victory and  fourth home triumph in a row.

Derby County are the visitors to East Lancashire later today, with Phillip Cocu's side looking to arrest an alarming run of form on the road that has seen them head home without a point and also without a goal.

Their last victory away from Pride Park came on the opening day of the season at Huddersfield Town, with The Rams' home form being good enough to take them safely into mid-table coming into today's game.

Tony Mowbray has confirmed that Adam Armstrong is available despite limping off in last weekend's win at Stoke City, but Derrick Williams has been ruled out of contention by the boss.

“Derrick Williams is not available, he won’t be ready for a few weeks," Mowbray said ahead of the game.

“I don’t think it’s a setback. He had his boots on last week and was jogging, but felt his calf so the medical department have decided to take a step back and not push on as much as they would have hoped.

“But it’s not a setback, just an awareness not to push on as quickly. I would suggest he’ll miss the next three games at least.”

Recent history has seen Rovers get the edge over Derby, winning three of the last four outings, with the visitors last tasting success at Ewood Park in September 2014.

Cocu has doubts over a number of players, with Graeme Shinnie, Ikechi Anya and Mason Bennett all ruled out of today's trip, whilst Poland international Krystian Bielik is a doubt.

"Krystian is progressing well, he trained for most of the session with the team today and prepared a little bit longer before the session with the physical coach too," the Dutch coach told RamsTV in his pre-match press conference.

“It is looking promising, but tomorrow we will make the final decision as to whether he is available or not for this weekend.”

“He has to be fit but also fit enough to travel, play at a hundred per cent and there are a lot of games coming up too.

“We have to make sure everybody stays fit, especially at the moment when we are struggling with a lot of injuries.”

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Report: Rovers 1-0 Derby County

Adam Armstrong's scorcher makes sure that Rovers pick up the points for the fourth successive game

7 December 2019

A thumping second half strike from Adam Armstrong helped Rovers to a fourth successive Championship victory, this time against Derby County.

Armstrong crashed home a terrific effort midway through the second half and that was enough to secure all three points against The Rams.

It was a deserved victory for the hosts, who picked up a second successive home clean sheet and move to within one point of the play-offs.

The boss named another unchanged team as his Rovers side look to record a fourth successive Championship victory.

Opponents Derby named a side that included former Rovers loanee Tom Lawrence, who appeared 23 times for the club during the 2015-16 campaign.

A strong start from Rovers saw Bradley Dack come close to opening the scoring inside the opening three minutes, but the playmaker fired wide from an acute angle after being picked out in the box by Corry Evans.

The closest The Rams came to scoring inside the opening 25 minutes was when Poland international Krystian Bielik blazed over the upright from 20 yards out.

Soon after and the in form Dack curled a couple of inches over Ben Hamer's goal after being teed up by Ryan Nyambe.

There were nine minutes left of the first half when Danny Graham had an effort, but his near post attempt from a Stewart Downing corner was flicked into the side-netting.

Armstrong fluffed a glorious chance to break the deadlock with seconds of the half remaining, but Hamer did well to save the low strike with his feet.

That meant the sides went into the interval level, but the visitors were inches away from an opener 10 minutes into the second half when Bielik smashed just past Walton's right-hand post from the edge of the box.

Just a minute later though and Rovers did earn themselves a deserved goal for their display thanks to Armstrong's thunderous effort.

The 22-year-old controlled Evans' excellent pass before rifling a poweful effort beyond Hamer and in for a Goal of the Season contender.

In search of a second successive home clean sheet, Rovers were standing firm as Phillip Cocu threw caution to the wind late on by bringing Chris Martin and Jack Marriott into the game.

Sam Gallagher had come on for Graham on the hour and he nearly set up Armstrong for his and the hosts' second of the game with six minutes remaining, with only a deflection denying the diminutive frontman from sealing the victory.

Mowbray's men were still looking to kill the game off, but Dack couldn't add to his 10 goals this season after bursting in from the right, with Hamer in the way to stop his shot.

A late Marriott header didn't test Walton before the goalkeeper beat away a snapshot from the same player as Rovers managed to see the game out fairly comfortably and continue our fine form.

Rovers: Walton, Nyambe, Adarabioyo, Lenihan (c), Downing, Travis, Evans, Armstrong (Buckley, 90), Dack, Rothwell (Bennett, 83), Graham (Gallagher, 67).

Unused substitutes: Leutwiler, Johnson, Brereton, Holtby.

Goal: Armstrong, 58

Booked: Evans, 61

Derby County: Hamer, Wisdom, Forsyth, Bielik (Martin, 66), Dowell, Waghorn (Marriott, 80), Lawrence, Holmes, Davies (c), Bogle (Whittaker, 80), Malone.

Unused substitutes: Roos, Evans, Lowe, Knight.

Booked: Lawrence, 19

Referee: Oliver Langford.

Attendance: 12,800 (1,283 away).

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