Andy Garner delighted as Conor Sammon strikes in Derby County's draw at Cardiff City
ANDY Garner was "absolutely delighted" with Derby County's performance in last night's 1-1 draw against Championship leaders Cardiff City.
Garner was also thrilled for striker Conor Sammon, who put the Rams ahead at the Cardiff City Stadium.
But the Rams coach voiced his concern over the hamstring injury that forced defender John Brayford to miss the game.
Brayford was one of eight players unavailable. Others included top scorer Jamie Ward and midfielder Craig Bryson.
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Substitute Craig Noone equalised for Cardiff late on and they remain top.
On Derby's display, Garner said: "We had a depleted side, lads coming in for debuts and we were down to the bare bones.
"To come to Cardiff and dictate for large parts of the game against the leaders is frightening. We are gutted that we haven't got the three points.
"The lads are working their socks off week in, week out. We got a point at Cardiff and it should have been three, no doubt about it.
"There have been a few boos at half-time and full-time in recent home games but that's the way it is.
"We couldn't hang on for the win which was a big disappointment because I couldn't see them scoring."
Sammon, who has been criticised by some Derby fans, scored his eighth goal of the season.
Garner said: "We are delighted for Conor, couldn't be happier especially being a striker myself and knowing what he's going through.
"They might get off his back now."