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Blues U21s 0 Derby U21s 0

Posted: Tue 16 Oct 2012

Ravel Morrison in action for the U21s against Derby

Image by: Roy Smiljanic

Blues U21s were forced to settle for a goalless draw against Derby County on Tuesday afternoon at Wast Hills.

The Rams went into the match on the back of four successive wins, but on the balance of play and clear-cut chances, it was Blues who should have comfortably claimed all three points.

In fairness the gusty conditions made play difficult for both sides, but it was Richard Beales' side that made the best of them.

The game started at a decent pace, but it was Blues that had the better opportunities early on.

James Fry twice saw headers sail over the bar after he met corner kicks. In between the defender's two chances, Jake Jervis blasted the ball wide from a free-kick.

It took until midway through the first half for Derby to pressure the Blues goal, as Colin Doyle produced an instinctive save to deny Rams striker Nathan Tyson.

Just before the break there was the worrying sight of Ben Gordon being stretchered off with a knee injury.

Despite playing directly into the wind in the second half, Blues began to ramp up the pressure.

Reece Hales blasted the ball over from close range before Ravel Morrison (pictured) scuffed his effort wide.

Jake Jervis then had a glorious opportunity to fire his side in front when he found himself through one-on-one with the goalkeeper, but Derby stopper Saul Deeney blocked the striker’s shot with his body.

Despite the swirling wind, Beale’s side were playing some crisp passing football on the ground. Morrison saw his shot drift just wide of the target, before Josh Hawker had a curling effort rebound back off the bar. 

With the Blues defence standing firm, Derby hardly threatened. But in a rare foray in behind the Blues back four, Kwame Thomas saw his shot well saved by Doyle.

Blues continued to press forward in search of the victory and in the latter stages Hawker, Jervis and Hales all had sight of goal but were unable to find the back of the net. 
Full-time: Blues U21s 0 Derby U21s 0

Blues U21s: Colin Doyle, James Fry, Ryan Higgins, Jack Deaman, Ben Gordon (Reece Hales, 45), Josh Hawker, Ravel Morrison, Brice Ntambwe, Callum Reilly, Akwasi Asante (Deqwon Ebanks, 74), Jake Jervis.
Subs not used: Liam Truslove, Callum Preston, Jean Kalenda.