as reported by the derbytelegraph.co.uk,
There was nothing to separate Derby County and Aston Villa at half-time in Saturday’s Sky Bet Championship clash at Pride Park Stadium.
There were plenty of chances at both ends but no goal during the opening 45 minutes.
Frank Lampard made two changes from the side that started the 3-1 home victory over Birmingham City last weekend.
Fikayo Tomori was recalled at centre-back at the expense of skipper Curtis Davies, who dropped to the bench. So, Richard Keogh took over the captain’s armband once again.
Elsewhere, there was a start for Mason Bennett, who came in for the injured Martyn Waghorn (hamstring).
Waghorn’s absence meant there is a place among the substitutes for 18-year-old midfielder Max Bird.
Mason Mount (ankle) and Craig Bryson (calf) missed out once again, along with George Evans (hip), Joe Ledley (hip/back) and long-term absentee Marcus Olsson (knee).
There was no place in the squad for Andre Wisdom, Alex Pearce, Jacob Butterfield, Ikechi Anya and George Thorne.
Villa boss Dean Smith named an unchanged side following the 2-0 victory over Bolton Wanderers.
Birkir Bjarnason returned to the squad after recovering from a groin injury but had to settle for a place on the bench.
This was the Rams’ annual Remembrance fixture. To mark the occasion, a commemorative coin from the Royal British Legion was used for the coin toss and a minute’s silence observed before kick-off.
Duane Holmes in action for Derby County against Aston Villa (Image: Andy Clarke)