Half-time: Derby County 1-0 down at home to Bolton Wanderers
A GOAL on the stroke of half-time has left Derby County trailing Bolton Wanderers 1-0 at the break in their Championship encounter at Pride Park Stadium.
Bolton defender Craig Dawson claimed the goal in the second minute of added time, though the final touch may have come off Derby skipper Richard Keogh.
Michael Jacobs was handed his first league start since New Year's Day after England Under-21 midfielder Will Hughes failed to shake off a groin injury that he picked up in Saturday's goalless draw with Wolverhampton Wanderers.
The Rams were otherwise unchanged, with Jacobs' place on the bench taken by 17-year-old Academy player Jamie Hanson, who was named in a senior matchday squad for the first time.
The hosts carved out a decent opening inside two minutes.
Jacobs' low cross from the left found Jamie Ward unmarked in the box but his goalbound effort was blocked by Dawson.
Bolton striker David Ngog tested Adam Legzdins with a shot on the turn but the keeper saved comfortably down to his right.
Derby lost Kieron Freeman to injury just before the half-hour, so Ben Davies was brought on at right-back.
In the 33rd minute, Jeff Hendrick whipped in a first-time cross from the right and Craig Bryson's downward header bounced narrowly wide.
The Rams had a scare soon after when Keogh appeared to handle the ball in the area but referee Gavin Ward had spotted a push on the Derby captain.
Paul Coutts fired wide under pressure from Sam Ricketts, while Ngog fired straight at Legzdins from a tight angle at the other end.
Derby ended the half strongly but Ward's speculative effort was deflected over the bar.
And they fell behind when Jay Spearing's inswinging free kick from the left was diverted into the net amid a crowd of players.