Derby come away with point from tough season opener
Derby County’s first match under new head coach Paul Clement ended in stalemate at the weekend, with a goalless draw away at Bolton Wanderers.
The Rams’ opening fixture of the season was a game of few chances, but Clement said that he was happy to come away from it with a point, especially seeing as he has been at the club for less than two months.
“Overall, I enjoyed it,” he said. “I would have liked us to play better but we have got to be patient. It takes time to get across ideas and new ways of playing.
“We are satisfied that we have come away with a clean sheet because we had to weather some really difficult periods in the game. It was a tough game, a battle, and the players showed today that they can stand up to that kind of opponent. It stands us in good stead for the future.”
Midfielder George Thorne was named man-of the-match by Derby fans for a solid display at the Macron Stadium, while Republic of Ireland international Richard Keogh made his 150th appearance for the club at the heart of an experienced defensive unit.
Finishing the match alongside Keogh at the back was debutant goalkeeper Scott Carson, Ryan Shotton, Stephen Warnock and another debutant Jason Shackell, meaning Derby’s back five could boast over 1,000 career appearances between them.
Two other new Derby signings also made their debuts in the match - skipper Chris Baird, the Northern Ireland international signed over the summer from West Bromwich Albion, and Austrian striker Andreas Weimann, who came on as a substitute for Johnny Russell.
Next up for Derby County in the Sky Bet Championship is a clash against Charlton Athletic at the iPro Stadium on Saturday.