Derby County just about sneaked through to the second round of the Carabao Cup but they were made to work by League Two opposition at Glanford Park.
Speaking to Scunthorpe United’s official website, Iron boss Paul Hurst believes an old-fashioned upset could have been on the cards if it wasn’t for a fabulous save by Derby goalkeeper Ben Hamer in the second half.
Making his first appearance for the Rams since a deadline day move from Huddersfield Town, Hamer was the unofficial hero of a hard-fought cup clash in North Lincolnshire.
While 18-year-old Lee Buchanan will dominate the headlines, and rightly so, after thumping home a late winner on his senior debut, Derby might have been staring down the barrel of an embarrassing defeat if it wasn’t for Hamer’s cat-like reflexes between the sticks.
The 31-year-old sprang to his right to keep out a deflected Adam Hammill shot from sneaking in at the near post; an inspired piece of goalkeeping that had Hurst wondering what might have been.
“Their goalkeeper made a fantastic save to deny us getting in front,” said the former Shrewsbury and Ipswich Town boss.
“Overall, as a I just said to the players in the dressing room, there are ways to lose a game of football and that was more like it in comparison to Saturday.”
“I’m much happier with the application from the players, and the work rate. We were disciplined, which we had to be realistically, against a team from higher up the leagues who like to keep possession and pass the ball well.”
31-year-old Hamer shone during two seasons in the Championship with Charlton Athletic between 2012 and 2014 and more displays like this will certainly put pressure on Derby’s current number one, the talented yet erratic Kelle Roos.
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