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Woodman the hero as Swansea draw at Derby
The goalkeeper saved a penalty to earn his side a point.
Freddie Woodman saved a penalty as Swansea held Derby to a 0-0 draw in the Sky Bet Championship at Pride Park.
The goalkeeper denied Martyn Waghorn four minutes before half-time and also made a second-half double save to earn his side a point from a game of few clear chances.
Swansea defender Mike Van der Hoorn went close with a header but the teams cancelled each other out on a blustery, wet afternoon.
Derby’s two deadline day signings Jamie Paterson and Ben Hamer were on the bench as manager Phillip Cocu named the side that won at Huddersfield on Monday while Swansea brought in Aldo Kalulu for George Byers.
There was an early scare for Derby when skipper Richard Keogh was shown a yellow card in the third minute for a trip on Borja Baston just outside the area but Matt Grimes’ free-kick was too high to trouble Kelle Roos.
Swansea were almost opened up when Waghorn played in Florian Jozefzoon on the right but his shot struck a defender and went behind for a corner which was wasted.
The visitors did better from a corner in the 26th minute when Grimes swung the ball in dangerously and Van der Hoorn dived to head just wide.
Waghorn flashed a shot wide but wasted a chance to put Derby ahead in the 41st minute after Jayden Bogle was brought down by Jake Bidwell on the edge of the six-yard box.
Waghorn struck the penalty low but Woodman plunged to his left to turn the ball behind and then Swansea went close in the 45th minute when Baston’s cross-shot was pushed out by Roos.
Cocu made a change at the start of the second half, Paterson replacing George Evans, and Derby lost Bogle with a knee injury in the 54th minute after Woodman made a double save from Jozefzoon and Scott Malone.
Swansea had a chance a minute later when Nathan Dyer found space inside the area on the left but after his first shot was blocked, his follow-up was deflected behind.
The game was starting to open up and after Sam Surridge turned and shot wide in the 75th minute, Waghorn was unable to connect properly with a low cross and Woodman saved.
Tom Huddlestone had a shot deflected behind as Derby pressed, Keogh just failed to get his head to a cross in the 88th minute and Waghorn looped a shot just over in seven minutes of stoppage time.