2016-17 Emirates FA Cup 4th Round - Derby County FC v Leicester City FC
Hello sports fans,
On a cold and very wet Friday evening, I was at Pride Park to shoot the 4th round of The Emirates FA Cup between Derby County FC and Leicester City FC. Derby County are in the Sky Bet Championship, whilst Leicester City play in the Barclays Premiership League as well as being the 2015-16 Premiership Champions. A division apart, but a local derby that Derby was looking forward too. The chance to play against the current Premiership Champions.
Derby County having been playing well of late in the Championship and challenging every minute on the pitch. Leicester City on the other hand have not showed the form of last year when everything came together to win the Premiership. This match was heading for a tight result and if Derby played their best football and Leicester struggled, it would be a night to remember.
As with all my matches, I arrived very early to enable me to capture a variety of general views around the stadium before the players came out to warm up on the pitch. Pride Park Stadium (previously called iPro Stadium until the sponsorship agreement ended late last year) has been upgraded for the current season and now boasts high quality pitch LED lighting which to us photographers on pitch side means we don't struggle with noisy images. In addition, the facilities management has included a barrier section for media around the pitch which stops supporters walking past us during the pre-match preparations. It can be tight getting past other photographers but at least its not the general public. One new restriction imposed on us photographers is the inability to sit in front of the away supporters. This does hinder us in our ability to capture any imagery of the away supporters and especially if the away team runs to their supporters after a goal is scored. That being said, the Derby County media team is always helpful and accommodating and I do enjoy shooting there.
The match started off well for Leicester City with Derby's Darren Bent scoring an own goal in the the opening minutes. Derby powered on and were in my opinion matching Leicester and Darren made up for his own goal by scoring from a header later in the first half. Derby continued to power on through and were rewarded by a second taking them 2-1 up and this held for the majority of the match. Only later in the second half did you see Leicester show their strength to drive onwards and in the dying minutes Wes Morgan scored the equaliser to end the cup tie at 2-2. Derby could have come away with a shock result beating the Premiership Champions but end up with a replay in a couple of weeks. Derby can hold their heads up high knowing that they fought well on the field and can go to the replay with confidence.
As a contributor to Getty Images, it is important to ensure that only the very best images are forwarded and so I must be conscious of quality and timely image uploads. At the end of the evening, I uploaded over 70 images from the game which meets our minimums for Getty and other worldwide picture agencies. Looking forward to the replay!
As always, it was a pleasure to see the players perform from a close viewpoint and the match provided a selection of images which can be seen on the Action Plus Sports Images website.
Keywords: 2017, 27th January, 4th Round, Action Plus, Barclays, Derby, Derby County, Emirates, FA Cup, Football, Foxes, Leicester City, Premiership, Soccer
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