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Scunthorpe 0-1 Derby: Cocu’s men avoid upset as Buchanan’s late strike sinks lowly Iron

Scunthorpe 0-1 Derby: Phillip Cocu’s men avoid Carabao Cup upset as Lee Buchanan’s late strike sinks lowly Iron

  • Derby made 11 changes for tie from side that drew with Swansea at weekend
  • The hosts were short on confidence after sinking to bottom of Football League
  • But Cocu’s men had to wait until the 78th minute to break the deadlock
  • Left-back Buchanan thrashed in from an angle to seal a place in round two 

Teenager Lee Buchanan’s thunderbolt spared Phillip Cocu’s first taste of English cup football taking in penalties against the competition’s lowest-ranked team.

Left-back Buchanan, 18, thrashed in from an angle a dozen minutes from time to seal a place in round two for Derby and their treble Dutch title-winning coach Cocu after an inspired display from Scunthorpe goalkeeper Rory Watson threatened to send the tie into a shoot-out.

Cocu opted for a contrasting approach to the EFL Cup to that of predecessor Frank Lampard, whose reward for fielding strong teams 12 months ago was a run that included the elimination of Manchester United at Old Trafford and ended in the fourth round with defeat at Chelsea.

Teenager Lee Buchanan scored the winner for Derby at Scunthorpe on Tuesday night

Teenager Lee Buchanan scored the winner for Derby at Scunthorpe on Tuesday night

Buchanan, 18, thrashed in from an angle a dozen minutes from time to seal a place in round two

Buchanan, 18, thrashed in from an angle a dozen minutes from time to seal a place in round two

Derby made 11 changes from the weekend stalemate with Swansea against a Scunthorpe side bereft of confidence, having plunged from the League One play-offs to bottom of the Football League in a spectacularly bad 15 months.

There were debuts for Krystian Bielik, the 21-year-old Polish defender whose recent move from Arsenal could yet turn into a £9.5million record club transfer dependent on add-on clauses, and former Aberdeen captain Graeme Shinnie in central midfield. And Cocu threw in youngsters like Buchanan for good measure.

The alterations undoubtedly levelled the playing field between a home team that had lost 13 of its previous 18 competitive matches and a team that finished sixth in last year’s Championship.

Phillip Cocu's side survived a scare against the competition's lowest-ranked team

Phillip Cocu’s side survived a scare against the competition’s lowest-ranked team

Yet it still took the agility and match awareness Rory Watson in the Scunthorpe goal to keep the game goalless for so long.

Watson hared from his goal to deny Jack Marriott and Jamie Paterson at the start of either half while he kept out deflected efforts from Jason Knight and Paterson during five minutes of first-half injury time caused by the otherwise impressive Bielik’s crude felling of Lee Novak midway through the period.

 


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