Stoppage-time Coventry goal denies Derby caretaker Rooney first win

Derby’s players react after Gustavo Hamer’s late goal

An injury-time equaliser from Coventry City midfielder Gustavo Hamer denied Derby caretaker boss Wayne Rooney a first Championship win.

The Rams, bottom of the table and without a victory since 3 October, had looked set to end their long wait for three points when Colin Kazim-Richards gave them a late lead from Nathan Byrne’s deep cross.

Jack Stretton had the chance to wrap the points up for the hosts but hit the crossbar from close range after Kazim-Richards had done brilliantly to tee him up.

Hamer snatched a point for the visitors with a crisp low strike from the edge of the area after the Rams failed to clear a ball into the box.

The draw is the second time in two games that the Rams have had to settle for a point after taking the lead, with Wycombe also leaving Pride Park with a draw thanks to a late equaliser on Saturday.

They will be left to rue Stretton’s missed chance as the teenager could only direct his close-range shot onto the bar when a goal would surely have secured the win.

Coventry, who equalised in the last minute to draw at Norwich on Saturday, will feel they were worth their point as they stretched their unbeaten run to four games thanks to Hamer’s third of the season.

Derby visit Millwall on Saturday looking to end their 11-match winless run, while Mark Robins’ men host Rotherham.

Derby caretaker Wayne Rooney:

“It’s frustrating, and it hurts to have conceded so late. The players gave everything.

“We created chances and deserved the victory. We wanted to get players in the box and be a bit more aggressive.

“I thought the players did that brilliantly tonight. We paid the price for missed opportunities.

“The players have done what I’ve asked which is great, but then we concede a goal and then it seems like doom and gloom. We have to take the positives going into Saturday.”

Coventry boss Mark Robins told BBC Radio Coventry and Warwickshire:

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“I thought we looked a little bit flat but we could have won the game 4-2. They’ve had a penalty shout and I think we had one that was nailed on.

“There’s things to be unhappy about but there’s things to be happy about. The togetherness is brilliant and Gus took the goal brilliantly. There’s only one player you want the ball dropping to.

“For us it’s a decent point after a difficult period. We’ve got accept it and move on having been down 1-0 so late in the game.

“It’s a step forward for us to go four unbeaten.”



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