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Derby fans belt out chant taunting Steve Evans after late winner against Stevenage

Derby County fans decided to belt out a chant taunting Steve Evans after Louie Sibley netted a late winner against Stevenage.

Rams supporters in one corner of Pride Park were heard singing “Fatty, what’s the score? Fatty Fatty what’s the score?!” before the the final whistle blows.

Louie Sibley’s late goal snatched all three points for Derby, who are missing top scorer James Collins due to injury, to boost their automatic promotion chances, against a resilient Stevenage side.

Derby managed to move three points ahead of Bolton in third place and six points behind League One leaders Portsmouth.

Stevenage came close to scoring in the first half, with Joe Wildsmith and Sonny Bradley making crucial interventions to keep the score level.

Derby struggled to create chances until Kane Wilson’s run led to Nathaniel Mendez-Laing missing a golden opportunity.

Although Max Bird was denied by a brilliant save, but Sibley’s goal in the dying minutes sealed the victory for Derby.

Derby County: Wildsmith (GK), Wilson, Bradley (C), Cashin, Barkhuizen (Sibley 81), Bird, Mendez-Laing, Elder, Nyambe (Smith 63), Adams, Nelson.

Substitutes Not Used: Loach (GK), Hourihane, Thompson, Fornah, Ward.

Stevenage: Ashby-Hammond (GK), James-Wildin, Butler, Piergianni (C), Forster-Caskey (Burns 73), Freeman, Roberts (White 79), Vancooten, Reid, Thompson (Oliver 90), Hemmings (Pressley 73).

Substitutes Not Used: MacGillivray (GK), Sweeney, MacDonald.

Stevenage boss Steve Evans said, per The Comet: “I think Paul Warne was thinking it would be a point. I think they’d run out of ideas and if we keep our shape and our discipline, we don’t concede.

“One person, for one reason probably only known to him, has run off what he was instructed to do.

“And it’s fair to say if you do that consistently, you’ll not be playing in the team. Everyone has clear instructions.

“It’s hard to take. I think the draw is probably the right result. There were limited chances in both boxes.

“The goal has just come from Aaron Pressley losing his shape defensively. I know he’s an attacker but we have a plan and he switches off.

“Two passes later it is in our net.

“[Nathaniel] Mendez-Laing is always going to get away from defenders at times.

“But at the top end of the pitch, the goalkeeper rolls it out to left sided centre-back and one of our strikers runs off Korey Smith, the midfield player, and he just releases him.

“He hits a 70-yard pass into the channel and that’s a problem for any team, especially at this level.

“If he just held his shape, which he was instructed to do, we don’t concede the goal.

“We must have run over a black cat but we’ll regroup, and we’re still the team that nobody thinks has any consideration of being in there.

“But I think the comfort that Paul Warne will have going to sleep tonight will not be the fact they got the three points, his comfort will be knowing we have all his rivals to play.

“That’s where his comfort will come from, he’ll sleep like a baby thinking Stevenage are a game for anyone.

“And we are a game for anyone.

“I feel sorry for my players because it is one minute of ill-discipline in a football matter and it’s cost us.

“We’re outperforming our expectations every week but we’re going to continue to try.

“And if you look around at the other results, we’re still bang in it and have a game to jump back in [to the play-off places].

“Our season was never going to be defined coming to Pride Park.

“We’ve got to get our season back on track next week but we’ll put some good work into the boys on the training ground.”

Derbys boss Paul Warne spoke on how he’s feeling after the win: “I am exhausted, but it feels pretty good. It was a tough game, which we knew it would be. Stevenage have done really well this year, and they fight and scrap for everything. We had to defend balls into the box and did it well.

“I was speaking to some fans outside today beforehand and they were asking what it would take to get promoted. Whoever gets over the line will deserve it, that is for sure. You get different games every week; it isn’t like the Championship where the majority of teams play the same way. There is no right or wrong way to play, that’s for sure.”

On the performance: “Without Collo today, we had to find a way to make us competitive and stop Stevenage’s threat. We picked a team to defend and have a threat at the same time. We didn’t do enough going forward in the first half, there weren’t enough connecting passes through the lines at all. There was no real rhythm to how we played. We were better in the second half, and I thought we looked the fitter side. It is hard to ask someone to play up top with their back to goal when it isn’t their position. It is a hard skill.”

On the Pride Park atmosphere: “That is the loudest I have heard Pride Park since I have been here. I loved it and appreciate the fans helping the lads. It would be nice if it was that they recognised we didn’t have a striker and needed to help the lads over the line. The atmosphere was amazing, and I really enjoyed it. Everyone put a real shift in. There are a few battered and bruised bodies in the dressing room and for everyone to step up, and for Sibs to get the winner, felt good and was an emotional time. At the final whistle, you get scenes that you can take with you for the rest of their life. The players are lucky to be professional footballers, so I encourage them to make the most of it and not a waste a minute. I leave here today very, very proud.”

On getting a clean sheet: “Our goal difference is good and we don’t concede that many goals. We don’t let the opposition have that many shots on our goal, generally, and the lads in front of whoever is in goal always do well. When called upon, Joe made an amazing save today in the first half. With all the excitement at the end, you can forget about moments like that. When I watch the match back, I’ll remember the headers Sonny Bradley won and the attacks Eiran Cashin started for us. All those little moments add up and culminate in a good win.”

On everyone playing their part: “I do tell the lads that everyone has a part to play. I’d love to bring everyone on off the bench so they all get minutes, but I can’t. Each player that stepped on the pitch contributed today and Korey Smith and Louie Sibley are an example of that. It does take everyone, it will do moving forward, and some games suit certain players. I am pleased for the whole dressing room. It is probably my favourite win in my time at the club. Everything sort of came together at the right time.”

On James Collins’ injury: “You could see the effect of Collo not being out on the pitch today. I knew after the Exeter game, with the way the medical team were talking, it wasn’t a good sign. He is going to be out for a good period, significant weeks. If we are fortunate, we could see him near the end of the season. Collo is a great professional and is really dedicated. He will be a big miss and we’ll do everything to get him back before the end of the season. We had a bit of adversity today and we had to roll our sleeves up to get the win.”

Twitter users reacted after footage of Derby fans taking to belt out a chant taunting Steve Evans after the late winner against Stevenage…

@Daniel_Gaskarth: I am so glad we got the late goal. Karma for the tinpot time wasting by the goalkeeper at 0-0.

@WhiteyOG91: Cheer up, Fatty

@xxxdarbxxx: The man is a joke man, everything is someone else’s fault if they don’t get the result, and has for the better team what was he watching his pie and chips he was eating in dugout 🤣

@freyafernley: 😍😍😍😍 things we love to see 😂😂

@SincilBanker: It’ll end in tears… it always does with Evans.

@k_p_woolley: How come after every game Steve Evans berates the official and other managers say one thing out of place and get in trouble with the league.

@rbangert2001: Believe me I’m a Stevenage fan and I was at the game and I don’t even have a clue what he’s on about🤣 nevertheless we deserved a draw

@djliamh: Let’s play Steve Evans bingo

@gardiner213: 😂😂 What planet is he on

@_BourneIdentity: The man is an embarrassment as a person. As expected, he jumped off the bench complaining to 4th official every single decision that went to Derby. Usual post match tears and nonsense claims because his side were beaten.

@PageDcfc: You bat fastard

@M_Watson__: Blaming the ref what a shock, draw was probably a fair result but we scored so tough shit really.

@Rfinch_1: Deserved to win? Stick to the chippy fat boy.

@BlueBrazil1975: 🎻 🎻. Same every week from Evans. At least he’s consistent. Always the fault of the officials

@richmassey1982: Same old Evans, always whinging.

@1805cam: The fuck is he moaning about? What penalty? Don’t think any Stevenage player even appealed for one. Upset that the ref didn’t buy into his pre-match mind games about the crowd influencing decisions, which anyone who has seen a game at Pride Park knows is bollocks anyway

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