Half-time: Derby County and Wolverhampton Wanderers play out goalless opening period
THERE was little to choose between Derby County and Wolverhampton Wanderers after a goalless first half at Pride Park Stadium.
The Championship encounter remains on a knife edge following an opening period of few chances.
Nineteen-year-old defender Michael Hoganson was handed his full debut for the Rams, replacing the suspended Gareth Roberts at left-back.
John Brayford continued in central defence, with Jake Buxton, Mark O'Brien and James O'Connor all sidelined with knee injuries.
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Wolves made the early running and Adam Legzdins had to push away a Jamie O'Hara half-volley from the edge of the area in the fourth minute.
Jamie Ward was looking to score for a fifth consecutive league game and he drilled a shot wide from distance before sending a free kick straight at keeper Carl Ikeme.
Just before the half-hour, Kieron Freeman combined well with Paul Coutts on the right before delivering a low cross which Ward flicked goalwards, only for Danny Batth to make a timely block.
Craig Bryson headed at Ikeme from Hoganson's centre as the Rams turned up the pressure.
But at the other end, O'Hara had Legzdins scrambling across his goal with an effort that bounced just wide after the midfielder latched onto a headed clearance from Richard Keogh.