Rovers denied top spot

Derby boss Nigel Cough felt his side were unlucky to lose as
they slipped to a 2-1 defeat at high-flying Hull City on Tuesday
evening.

Goals from home debutant Gedo, within 90 seconds of his
half-time introduction, and Ahmed Elmohamady were enough to secure
the win over the visitors, who had levelled on 84 minutes through
Jamie Ward only to concede soon after.

“It would have been a thoroughly deserved point. It was a very
good away performance at one of the favourites for promotion and I
can’t ask any more from our players whatsoever,” he said.

Clough said he felt there was a handball in the build-up to
Hull’s winner, adding: “That’s two major decisions in four days
that have gone against us.”

Gareth Roberts was shown a late red card for a high tackle on
Nick Proschwitz and Clough said the Rams would not appeal the
decision.

“He’s gone for the ball definitely, but with the ball being off
the ground he has to be off the ground as well.

“We don’t usually appeal these things unless it’s blatantly
obvious, so I don’t think we will be, but it certainly wasn’t
intentional.”

Rovers went into the game behind leaders Tranmere in League One
on goal difference but their failure to beat mid-table Dons coupled
with Bournemouth’s victory over Crewe has instead seen the
south-coast side take the summit by virtue of a point.

It was the Dons’ first visit to the Keepmoat Stadium and they
started brightly, Izale McLeod twice firing just past a post either
side of Andy Griffin’s similar effort at the other end.

Billy Paynter blasted a good chance over the crossbar for Rovers
towards the end of the first half.

A scrappy second period hardly looked like providing a winner,
with both keepers untroubled as attacks failed to breach either
defence.

McLeod blasted well off target in the 86th minute after a home
attack had broken down, summing up a largely forgettable night for
the 6,423 present.