Scorer Theo Robinson says Derby County were a touch unlucky not to win after sticking to task
THEO Robinson felt Derby County could count themselves unlucky not to take all three points against Championship leaders Cardiff City.
Robinson's eighth goal of the season earned the Rams a 1-1 draw with Cardiff at Pride Park Stadium on Tuesday night.
The visitors went ahead through Heidar Helguson's 10th-minute opener but were reduced to 10 men when Craig Noone was sent off for a second bookable offence shortly after the hour mark.
The equaliser came in the 69th minute and Nigel Clough's men could have gone on to win it – but ultimately had to settle for a share of the spoils.
"They had a game plan and stuck to it, even with 10 men," said Robinson.
"They got men behind the ball and tried to hit us on the counter attack.
"It was disappointing to concede the early goal but we kept plugging away and got the draw.
"Their goal changed the game a bit but I thought we did quite well.
"We stuck in there because we knew we could get at them.
"We are an attacking team and we're doing well at home.
"We kept trying to find the right pass and get balls into the box as much as we could.
"They stuck to their game plan but we did well too.
"It was a good all-round team performance.
"We're looking to pick up as many points as possible from our home games.
"Maybe we were a bit unlucky not to get all three points in the end but we got one, which is better than none."
Derby's equaliser came courtesy of a well-worked move.
Substitute James O'Connor found Conor Sammon, who span away from his marker and released Craig Bryson into the penalty area.
Bryson cut the ball back across goal, beating goalkeeper David Marshall, and Robinson applied the finish from close range.
"When Bryson got the ball, I knew he was going to put it across the keeper and I was just buzzing that I got there to tap it in," said Robinson.
"I'll take any goal. I'm just trying to get as many minutes as I can on the pitch and then, hopefully, the goals will come."
Substitute Nathan Tyson had a header cleared off the line deep into added time, after the Rams had seen a big penalty shout turned down when Paul Coutts' cross appeared to strike the arm of Cardiff's Peter Whittingham.
Coutts, who was named Derby's man of the match, said: "It looked to me like their lad leaned into it and it hit his arm before going out for a corner.
"The linesman was looking right at it with me and I don't know how he hasn't given it, to be honest. I thought it was a blatant penalty."
Coutts, meanwhile, paid tribute to the killer instinct of top scorer Robinson.
"I think he's always good for a goal, isn't he?" said the former Preston North End midfielder.
"He's a real poacher, a real striker and he's always in the right places.
"It's not luck that the ball finds him in there and he's always there to put it in the net, which is what good strikers do."