Football: Johnson sets the tone for Derby

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THREE goals and a missed penalty in the last two minutes formed the coda to Derby's sixth successive away win yesterday.

They controlled most of the game but would have been run closer had Craig Maskell not missed from the spot in the last seconds.

Tommy Johnson put Derby ahead in the 28th minute and went further ahead in the 40th. Glenn Hoddle, the Swindon player-manager, fouled Martin Kuhl on the edge of the area and Mark Pembridge blasted the free- kick past Nicky Hammond.

At the other end, Steve Sutton did well to turn a Micky Hazard chip over the bar in the 53rd minute, but four minutes later Derby were further in front, Kuhl lashing home from 25 yards.

Hazard heralded the final frantic minutes, opening Swindon's scoring in the 88th with a header. Ted McMinn, who had replaced Tommy Johnson, immediately notched Derby's fourth but Swindon swept straight back for Maskell to score.

Swindon's leading scorer was less successful with his final contribution, Sutton turning his penalty kick round the post.

Swindon: Hammond; Kerslake, Horlock, Hoddle, Calderwood, Taylor, Hazard, Summerbee (Moncur, 60), Maskell, Ling, Mitchell (White, 68).

Derby County: Sutton; Goulooze, Forsyth, Short, Coleman, Pembridge, Johnson (McMinn, 78), Kuhl, Kitson, Gabbiadini, Williams. Substitute not used: Kavanagh.

Referee: P Don (Middlesex).