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Football: Derby withstand Swindon's onslaught

Swindon Town. .1

Derby County. .1

DERBY withstood a second-half onslaught at the County Ground to earn a deserved point against high-flying Swindon yesterday. Both defences struggled against lively attacking, and both goalkeepers produced a string of fine saves in an entertaining match.

Derby should have gone ahead in the third minute, but Marco Gabbiadini was foiled by the diving Fraser Digby. Five minutes later, Jan Age Fjortoft, Swindon's Norwegian international, forced a flying save from Martin Taylor.

Fjortoft put Swindon ahead in the 16th minute with a header that just crept over the line before Taylor scooped it away. Derby levelled within a minute when Paul Kitson broke free down the left and fired a superb 20-yard shot past the helpless Digby.

Swindon defender Andy Thomson saw his header hit the bar in the 24th minute, and from then on it was one- way traffic on Taylor's goal.

The Derby keeper produced the save of the match to deny Fjortoft in the 50th minute, and despite laying siege to his goal, the home side could not grab the winner.

Swindon: Digby, Robinson, Bodin, Thomson, Nijholt, Taylor, Ling, Beauchamp, Fjortoft, Scott (O'Sullivan, 77), Horlock (Mutch, 77). Substitute (not used): Hammond (gk).

Derby: Taylor, Charles, Forsyth, Hodge, Short, Williams, Cowans, Gabbiadini, Kitson, Pembridge, Carsley. Substitutes not used: Simpson, Wassall, Sutton (gk).

Referee: G Singh (Wolverhampton)