Fourth-tier Northampton frustrates Rooney's Derby in FA Cup
LONDON (AP) Former England captain Wayne Rooney was frustrated in his bid to help Derby reach the fifth round of the FA Cup on Friday after the Rams were held by fourth-tier Northampton to a 0-0 draw.
The teams face a fourth-round replay at Pride Park and both will enter Monday's draw for the last 16.
Northampton's Charlie Goode should have been sent off early on but, after a poor decision from the referee, he was handed a reprieve. Jack Marriott was hauled back by Goode as the last man, with the official not even awarding a free kick.
Rooney, captaining a much-changed Derby side, was always going to be the star attraction against the lowest-ranked team left in this year's competition. Fresh from a lung-bursting defensive run, Rooney almost scored directly from a late corner.
Also Friday, Sheffield Wednesday matched its best showing in the FA Cup since 1997 with a 2-1 win over Queens Park Rangers after strikes from Morgan Fox and Sam Winnall settled an all-Championship tie at Loftus Road.
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Updated January 24, 2020