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Derby 3 Southend 0

MICHAEL JOHNSON branded a section of impatient Derby fans a disgrace for taking the edge off Billy Davies' first victory at Pride Park.

Johnson should have been celebrating a rare goal, sandwiched between two wonderful finishes from on-loan Arsenal striker Arturo Lupoli, as Davies recorded his first home maximum points at the sixth attempt.

But the impressive win, which suggests Davies is starting to work his magic on the club, was marred by some fans booing substitute Seth Johnson in stoppage time for keeping possession.

That certainly took the edge off Johnson's fifth goal for the club and a win that takes Derby's recent points haul to ten from 12. "A small section of fans were disgracefully booing Seth," said Michael Johnson.

"What do they want? It's amazing they can react like that after such a good performance.

"We've got a new board, a new manager, so many new players and a new style of football. With everyone pulling in the right direction we can go places, but people have got to be patient."

A well-rehearsed free-kick routine enabled Johnson to head home Matt Oakley's cross for his fifth goal for the club.

Earlier Lupoli had rammed home another astute pass from Oakley, after rounding Darryl Flahavan, before he wrapped up victory with another clinical finish to show just why Gunners boss Arsene Wenger rates him so highly.

"I can feel the pulse getting stronger," said Davies. "Things are starting to improve."


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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Oct 2, 2006
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