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Bradley Johnson: ‘Derby will not repeat playoff mistakes from last season’

Derby midfielder Bradley Johnson has vowed the Rams are a different animal this season. The 32-year-old believes Frank Lampard’s side have developed from the team who lost in the play-offs last year. Under Gary Rowett, Derby lost 2-1 on aggregated in the play-off semi-final to Fulham and were criticised for trying to contain the Cottagers in the second leg, despite being 1-0 up. Derby suffered play-off heartbreak at Craven Cottage last season (John Walton/PA) They face Aston Villa – who have beaten them 3-0 and 4-0 this term – in the Sky Bet Championship play-off final at Wembley on Monday but Johnson insisted Derby will not shut up shop. He said: “This year our mentality is different, we want to go out and win every game. The young lads want to win and when they play with conf...

Result: Derby County stun Leeds United to reach Championship playoff final

Derby County beat Leeds United 4-2 at Elland Road and 4-3 on aggregate to set up a Championship playoff final clash with Midlands rivals Aston Villa. Derby County have booked a place in the Championship playoff final with a remarkable 4-2 victory over Leeds United at Elland Road, recovering from a two-goal aggregate deficit to progress through 4-3 on aggregate. The Rams, trailing 1-0 from Saturday’s first leg, found themselves with a mountain to climb when Stuart Dallas found a way through 24 minutes in. County boss Frank Lampard brought on Jack Marriott towards the end of the first half, though, and that proved an inspired change as the striker kickstarted his side’s comeback following a big error at the back from Kiko Casilla and Liam Cooper. Mason Mount levelled up the tie l...

Preview: West Bromwich Albion vs. Aston Villa – prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews the Championship playoff semi-final second leg between West Brom and Aston Villa, including team news and predicted lineups. West Bromwich Albion welcome West Midlands rivals Aston Villa to The Hawthorns on Tuesday evening aiming to overturn a 2-1 deficit in the second leg of their Championship playoff semi-final tie. The Baggies took the lead in Saturday’s first leg through a clinical Dwight Gayle finish, but Conor Hourihane and Tammy Abraham netted in the final 15 minutes to make it advantage Villa. West Brom © Reuters “Frustration” was the word used by West Brom’s caretaker boss Jimmy Shan following his side’s capitulation at Villa Park on Saturday, having seen his side concede twice in the space of three second-half minutes. To make ma...

Preview: Aston Villa vs. West Bromwich Albion – prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews the Championship playoff semi-final first leg between Aston Villa and West Brom, including predictions, team news and past meetings. Aston Villa make just their second appearance in the Football League playoffs as they take on West Bromwich Albion in the first leg of their semi-final tie at Villa Park on Saturday afternoon. The Villans fell just short 12 months ago when losing 1-0 to Fulham in the final, but they are in good shape ahead of this double-header against their West Midlands rivals, who finished four points better off at the end of the regular Championship season. Aston Villa © Reuters That defeat to Fulham at Wembley last May was extremely difficult for Villa to take. Considered a make-or-break clash – as is so often the case in the playoffs – t...

Bradley Johnson didn’t bite me, says Stoke’s Joe Allen

Johnson appeared to get a mouthful of Allen’s shirt. Joe Allen has refuted claims he was bitten by Derby midfielder Bradley Johnson during Stoke’s 2-1 win on Wednesday evening. The incident came in the aftermath of a challenge from Peter Etebo on Richard Keogh which saw the Potters player sent off. The match was screened live on Sky Sports and replays appeared to show Johnson sinking his mouth into Allen’s shoulder. It is thought he only succeeded in getting a mouthful of the Wales international’s shirt, and Allen was bemused by suggestions he was bitten. Both players were booked, and Allen told the Stoke Sentinel: “People asked me at half-time what had happened and suggested I’d been bitten, but to clear it all up, that didn’t happen. “He mi...

Result: Derby County dump Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United out of EFL Cup

Frank Lampard gets one over on his former mentor Jose Mourinho as Derby County stun Manchester United at Old Trafford in the third round of the EFL Cup. Manchester United have been knocked out of the EFL Cup in the third round for the first time since 2008 courtesy of a penalty shootout defeat at the hands of Championship outfit Derby County this evening. Derby boss Frank Lampard got one over on his former mentor Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford on a memorable night for the Rams which will pile more pressure on the increasingly underfire United manager. The hosts took the lead through Juan Mata after only three minutes, but a goal-of-the-season contender from Harry Wilson levelled things up in the second half before United were reduced to 10 men when goalkeeper Sergio Romero handled the ball ...

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