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August 23, 2014

(Adapted from Derby County Media)

Alefe Santos at Derby County

Santos strikes again as Rams hold Gunners to a draw.

Derby County’s Under-21 side came from a goal down to earn a 1-1 draw at Arsenal in the Barclays U21 Premier League Division 2 on Thursday evening.

A late penalty from forward Alefe Santos cancelled out Ainsley Maitland-Niles’ opener for the hosts at Boreham Wood’s Meadow Park ground.

Derby named a similar line-up to the one that defeated Middlesbrough 2-1 at the iPro Stadium last Friday in their opening league fixture of the campaign.

The only changes in Lee Glover’s side were in the back-line, with Jonathan Mitchell replacing Kelle Roos in goal while Kieron Freeman started in place of Luke Hendrie at right-back.

The opening 45 minutes were limited in chances and it was only towards the end of the half that the game sprang into life, as Rams defender Jamie Hanson saw a free-kick deflected over and then Santos had a shot saved from inside the box.

Dan Crowely missed a close-range chance in the final seconds of the half for the Gunners, but Maitland-Niles managed to break the deadlock only four minutes after the break and only moments after striker Kwame Thomas headed a clear-cut chance wide.

The Rams regrouped and took the game to Arsenal in search of an equaliser, with Hanson again denied from a dead-ball situation after the hour.

Alefe Santos (2)

With ten minutes to go Derby did manage to haul themselves level as Santos kept his cool from 12 yards for the second game in a row, after Wales Under-21 international Freeman had been fouled in the box.

Mitchell had to be at his best to thwart the Gunners late on as the hosts pushed forwards for a late winner, but Derby saw the game out to hold on for a valuable point.


Arsenal Under 21: Macey, Kamara, Ajayi, O’Connor, Moore, Maitland-Niles, Hayden, Olsson, Crowley, Zelalem, Akpom.

Substitutes: Iliev, Jebb, Wright, Smith, Iwobi.

Derby County Under 21: Mitchell, Freeman, Lowe, T Naylor, Rawson, Hanson, Santos, Koblenz, Thomas, Bunjaku, Calero.

Substitutes: Hendrie, Etheridge, Guy, Vernam, McDonald.


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