Rodrigo Riquelme’s first Bournemouth goal kept the Football League’s last unbeaten record alive as the Cherries rescued a late point on Wayne Rooney’s return from self-isolation for Derby.
The 20-year-old Spaniard, making a third substitute appearance on loan from Atletico Madrid, guided home Diego Rico’s cross on the volley to reward second-half pressure from the hosts.
Rams keeper David Marshall had earlier pushed an Arnaut Danjuma shot on to the post to preserve Derby’s lead, given to them by Graeme Shinnie’s prodded finish after a Rooney free-kick.
Derby could have snatched all three points even after Riquelme’s late leveller but Lee Buchanan’s effort was cleared off the line by Bournemouth defender Steve Cook.
It was a third successive 1-1 draw for the Rams, who have surrendered leads in each of those games and remain just inside the Championship relegation zone in 22nd position.
Derby’s solitary win came at Norwich and they looked set to inflict another defeat on a team relegated from the Premier League last season until Riquelme’s classy first-time finish from compatriot Rico’s deep centre.
The Rams were the better team in the first half, benefiting from the return of Rooney, who had missed their three previous games after a friend who visited him tested positive for coronavirus.
The ex-England captain’s early free-kick was headed narrowly over by Matt Clarke before Bournemouth, who slip a place to third despite the point, made a mess of dealing with a tame Rooney set-piece strike to allow Shinnie to put the visitors ahead.
But Derby, the subject of Middle East takeover talks, failed to build on it and Marshall made a fine save from Dominic Solanke before denying Danjuma twice in the space of two second-half minutes.
Rooney had been taken off by that point but Derby had chances either side of Riquelme’s equaliser as Asmir Begovic foiled Jason Knight and Cook’s goal-line clearance thwarted Buchanan.
Bournemouth manager Jason Tindall:
“I was very disappointed with our first half performance, but I felt we got our reward for the second half performance.
“I don’t think we were calm enough on the ball. I think we made some poor decisions. They came here not to lose the game and to be fair to them they did that really well.
“It’s great that nine games in we’re still unbeaten because I think that’s difficult for any team to achieve.”
Derby boss Phillip Cocu:
“(Wayne) Rooney looked quite fit. He gives us a little bit extra. He felt good but more games will come.
“We all know that we are in a difficult situation at this time. In the end, I think this is a fair result.
“We had an excellent start. They really struggled to find the solution against us. It’s just a pity that we couldn’t score the second goal.”
On talk of potential takeover: “I’m totally not focused on that side of the club. I’m focused on football. There is always pressure. Pressure in the media, from fans, but also from ourselves.”
- 3S Cook
- 21RicoBooked at 24mins
- 17StaceySubstituted forBrooksat 69′minutes
- 29BillingBooked at 12minsSubstituted forRiquelmeat 76′minutes
- 16L Cook
- 15A Smith
- 19StanislasSubstituted forKingat 45′minutes
- 10Danjuma Groeneveld
- 6te WierikSubstituted forWisdomat 81′minutes
- 38KnightBooked at 2mins
- 9WaghornSubstituted forSibleyat 90+2′minutes
- 32RooneySubstituted forHolmesat 61′minutes
Match ends, Bournemouth 1, Derby County 1.
Second Half ends, Bournemouth 1, Derby County 1.
Attempt missed. Joshua King (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Dominic Solanke.
Substitution, Derby County. Louie Sibley replaces Martyn Waghorn.
Attempt missed. Rodrigo Riquelme (Bournemouth) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Arnaut Danjuma Groeneveld.
Lewis Cook (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Tom Lawrence (Derby County).
Attempt saved. Arnaut Danjuma Groeneveld (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by David Brooks with a through ball.
Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Matthew Clarke.
Attempt blocked. Lee Buchanan (Derby County) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Nathan Byrne.
Offside, Bournemouth. Adam Smith tries a through ball, but Arnaut Danjuma Groeneveld is caught offside.
Rodrigo Riquelme (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Lee Buchanan (Derby County).
Substitution, Derby County. Andre Wisdom replaces Mike te Wierik.
Goal! Bournemouth 1, Derby County 1. Rodrigo Riquelme (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Diego Rico with a cross.
Attempt blocked. David Brooks (Bournemouth) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Joshua King (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Graeme Shinnie (Derby County).
Attempt saved. Jason Knight (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Tom Lawrence.
Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Steve Cook.