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Derby prove too strong for Carlisle in League Cup tie

Jeff Hendrick (2nd right) celebrates putting Derby ahead Credit: Dave Howarth/EMPICS Sport

Derby County proved they were too strong for Carlisle United, coming out 2-0 winers at Brunton Park in their Capital One Cup first round tie.

Despite controlling large parts of the game, it took a set piece after the hour mark to put Derby ahead - Jeff Hendrick heading in from close range after a corner was flicked on.

Carlisle threatened to come back into it, without really putting Derby goalkeeper Lee Grant under pressure. But the win was sealed by last season's top scorer Chris Martin with a smart volley.

That makes Derby the first side through to the second round in this season's competition.

League Cup half time: Carlisle United 0-0 Derby County

Derby's Craig Bryson battles with former-Ram Paul Thirlwell Credit: Dave Howarth/EMPICS Sport

At half time in tonight's Capital One Cup tie, Carlisle United are holding Derby County to a 0-0 scoreline.

Derby controlled long periods of the game, without troubling the home goalkeeper, Mark Gillespie.

And three big chances after the half-hour mark could easily have put Derby in front, but saves from Gillespie kept two of the attempts out, and Derby's usually-prolific Chris Martin hit the bar in the last minute, when he should have done better.


Derby make two changes for cup tie at Carlisle

Derby County have made two changes from Saturday for tonight's Capital One Cup tie against Carlisle United at Brunton Park.

Defender Jake Buxton has been rested after only recently recovering from injury, with former Leicester player Zak Whitbreak taking his place. Winger Jamie Ward also comes in for Johnny Russell.

Derby will also face midfielder Paul Thirlwell, who played at the club for two years from 2005.