Northampton Town vs Derby County: Live Stream and Score Updates (0-0)
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FT: Northampton Town 0-0 Derby County

FT: And so it ends goalless, with the Rams surrendering possession late on to force a replay at Pride Park.

Curle's Cobblers leave with their pride very much intact in what was a diligent, well-organized display in front of the BT Sport cameras. They made life difficult for a star-studded Derby team, though it was an equally uninspiring performance on the Rams' behalf. Cocu's men controlled possession, but lacked penetration and incision in the final third.

The first half promised so much, and although the second fizzled out into somewhat of a damp squib, both sides will be fairly content with tonight's result. For Northampton, a lucrative trip to Pride Park is in store and for Derby, respite from the back-page headlines at last.

 

90: There will be four additional minutes played at The PTS Academy Stadium as Northampton hurl bodies forward in desperation. 

MOTM: Charlie Goode

Cobblers center-back Charlie Goode earns BT Sport's Man of The Match award in what has been a well-organized, professional defensive display from the hosts.

80: The second half seems to have fizzled out into a rather bland affair, with neither side appearing capable of prising their opponents open. Derby are retreating into the own half, attempting to see the game out and force a replay at Pride Park.

74: Derby file their complaints after suggestions the ball struck the arm of Ryan Watson in the penalty area. 

66: Matty Warburton whips a bending effort wide of the mark as the Cobblers begin to wrestle the initiative back from Derby, who were in cruise control for the first 20 minutes of the second half. The players, and the crowd for that matter, smell blood amongst the visitors.

64: The ball breaks for Lines on the edge of the box, who loops a speculative volley marginally over the bar.

60: Jason Knight ghosts into the Northampton penalty area, Martin the supplier, but his cut-back is met by a sea of Northampton shirts.

58: Marriot whips a low ball in for Curtis Davies, who stoops low and guides his header just wide of the left post.

46: The second half commences.

HT: 0-0

HT: The scores are tied in Northampton as both teams make their way down the tunnel for the interval. The gulf in class has certainly been prevalent, with Derby controlling possession, though Curle's men have done all they can to minimize that gap, constantly chasing down last causes and winning second balls. And, pivotally, they are still in the game. The hosts will take this.

33: Having said that, the Rams have offered a persistent threat in the final third, controlling possession.

28: Derby finding work rather laborious here in Northampton with Curle's men bombarding the box with long balls and ensuring they are first to every second ball. A diligent display from the hosts so far.

Cobblers chance

25: Williams spins off Forsyth in the penalty area and half-volleys into the side netting. Momentum building for the hosts.

23: Williams meanders his way down the left-flank, initially appearing as though he had the beating of Curtis Davies, but his touch is heavy as he reaches the penalty area.

17: Nicky Adams unleashes a venomous half-volley from the edge of the box, with Andre Wisdom just managing getting to get his body in the way and maintain parity here at The PTS Academy Stadium.

13: Penalty appeal for the Rams. Martin slips Marriot clean through on goal, and it appears as though Goode wrestles the Derby forward to the ground. Referee very much dismissive.

10: Lively start from the hosts.

Northampton go close again

8: Ryan Watson floats a sumptuous cross from deep towards the far post, where Oliver rises and directs his header just wide of Roos' right post.

Cobblers chance

6: Northampton corner finds Turnbull on the corner of the penalty area, whose scuffed effort makes its way to Lines. Lines also fails to make convincing contact, and after a number of ricochets, the ball finds Oliver, who slices on to the bar.

4: Northampton testing the Rams with long, direct balls in the opening stages here.

Kick-off

1: Jack Marriot gets the two sides underway.

Cocu justifies decision to start Rooney

Cocu told BT Sport in his pre-match interview: "This is an important game for us and he is an important player. He feels good and he always wants to play, so I discussed it with him and he is fit and eager to start, so I want him in the team."

15 minutes to go!

Kick-off is not far away in Northampton.

Curle's nightmare matieralises

"Out! A million percent," Northampton manager Keith Curle proclaimed when queried over whether he would rather see Rooney in the team or left out tonight.

Unfortunately for Curle, Rooney will indeed be leading the Rams out at The PTS Academy Stadium, in an almost full-strength side that comes as somewhat of a declaration of intent on Derby's behalf. The likes of Jack Marriot, Curtis Davies and Chris Martin will also start tonight.

Northampton starting XI

Derby starting XI: Rooney starts!

Derby's last time out

Derby County won 1-0 in their last game at home to Hull City courtesy of Matt Clarke header. Here are the highlights of Saturday's fixture:

 

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Rooney pre-match comments

Curle relishing opportunity to take Championship scalp

It is set to be somewhat of a culture shock for Derby on Friday, who - after bathing in the glory of the Rooney-inspired victory at Selhurst Park in the previous round - will make the short trip through the East Midlands to the  8,000-capacity PTS Academy Stadium, the home of Keith Curle's battling Cobblers who will be doing all they can to write their names in the headlines.

And, despite lying two divisions below their opponents, Curle believes that with the right work ethic, his players are in with a chance. He told the Northampton media: "It's a great opportunity for ourselves to showcase what we're about on the pitch and off the pitch by being able to host a very, very good Championship football team and football club here at The PTS Stadium."

"We will have challenges on Friday night but we won't shy away from them. Working hard, enjoying working hard and knowing it is part of our DNA gives us an opportunity against anybody."

A punt at the cup for the Rams?

While the arrival of Wayne Rooney may have lifted spirits at Pride Park, the tumultuous and chaotic nature of Cocu's first season is equally unavoidable, with drink driving scandals, point deduction threats and relegation scares reducing last season's playoff finalists to the laughing stock of the Sky Bet Championship.

The Rams sit in 16th, with relegation highly unlikely and the playoffs requiring a remarkable feat. An FA Cup run may well be the medicine they need.

With all due respect to Northampton, tomorrow night presents an enticing opportunity for the Rams to breeze into the 5th round should they eliminate complacency, and after their 0-2 victory at Selhurst Park, Cocu's men will be confident they can mix it with the best.

Nobody is suggesting they can win the cup, but a surge to the quarter-finals, for example - with a likely fixture against one of the Premier League heavyweights in store - might just provide the silver lining to what has been a bleak season for Derby fans.

 

 

Derby team news

The Rams are likely to be boosted by the return of Graeme Shinnie on Friday, who has been sidelined through injury since mid-November. "Graeme Shinnie trained for three days last week and it is possible he will be part of the team at Northampton," manager Phillip Cocu told the Derby media. Striker Jack Marriot will also be welcomed back into the fold.

However, the likes of Mason Bennet (ankle), George Evans (calf), and Krystian Bielik (long-term knee injury) make up a substantial injury list.

Northampton Town team news

The Cobblers will be without center-back Scott Wharton, who will serve the first of his three-match suspension after picking up a red card against Leyton Orient. 36-year-old Alan McCormack is also set to miss out through injury.

Kick-off time

The Northampton vs Derby match will be played at The PTS Academy Stadium in Northampton, England. Kick-off is scheduled for 20:00 BST.

Welcome to VAVEL.com's LIVE coverage of the 2020 Emirates FA Cup fixture featuring Northampton Town and Derby County. My name is  Toby Bowles and I'll be your host for this game. We will provide you with pre-match analysis, team updates and news as it happens right here on VAVEL.
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