Pesch Sees Double

Last updated : 24 March 2005 By The Rambler

Derby Res 2 0 Norwich

Rams: Miller, Turner, Makin, Barnes, Mills, Bullard, Ainsworth, Bolder, Junior (Cassidy 45), Peschisolido, Reich (Martin 33).
Res: Atkins, Young, Booth.

Norwich: Ward, Cave-Brown, Jarvis, Howlett, Halliday, Charlton, Willis, Henderson, Svensson n (Herbert 45), McVeigh, Eagle.

Referee Mr. Phil Gibbs.

The second of the Rams three games in five days saw them playing at the Moor Farm training ground as the club tried to conserve their pitch.

With no first team football on the horizon the side was sprinkled with a fair share of first teamers again. A similar policy on Tuesday had proved a recipe for disaster.

Loanee keeper Kevin Miller was included as was Tom Bullard, a trialist from Bury Town in Suffolk

Opponents Norwich named Mathias Svensson in their line-up allowing him a return to surroundings that he knew well from his loan spell at Derby last term.

Playing a match with only scouts and coaches watching on one of the training pitches can lull the players into the belief that it is no more than a training exercise.

With manager George Burley watching from the sidelines there was never any chance of them showing a lack of intensity.

It did not Marco Reich long to be convinced. He was twice the victim of hefty challenges before limping out of the game with 34 minutes gone.

In the opening stages he had twice gone close with through balls that were a little too heavy for their intended recipients.

The first shot on target from either side came with 23 minutes gone. Junior provider a pass for Paul Peschisolido to cut who fired in a shot that was tipped away by Darren Ward for a corner.

Miller was given his first opportunity to show what\ he could do 2 minutes later as he pushed away a Robert Eagle attempt.

Peschisolido was unlucky three minutes after that. Played in once more by Junior his shot across the face of goal shaved the post taking the ball away from the incoming Brazilian in thew process.

Peschisolido gave the hosts the lead 2 minutes into the second period. Lionel Ainsworth was pushed wide as he latched onto a through ball. When it was returned to the danger zone the Canadian found the target with a diving header from the penalty spot.

Norwich created little threat, and had presumably been down to the bare bones going into the game. A fact emphasised by their naming of only one substitute for the fixture.

Miller only had one decent save to make, which came as late as the 80th minute.

By that time Peschisolido had already made it 2 - 0. His second coming with a low shot from the edge of the 6 yard box after superbly being picked out by a lofted pass from Adam Bolder.

The result takes them off the bottom of the table and should provide much needed encouragement after a recent run of poor results.