Bywater: I'm too tough to fake injury

Derby County goalkeeper Stephen Bywater has criticised Norwich City fans and striker Chris Martin for accusing him of feigning injury in Tuesday night's Championship clash.

Derby County goalkeeper Stephen Bywater has criticised Norwich City fans and striker Chris Martin for accusing him of feigning injury in Tuesday night's Championship clash.

Bywater was booed by some Canaries supporters after he went down holding his knee after being caught by Darren Huckerby, who was chasing a Tyrone Mears header back to the goalkeeper.

Home fans thought that the former West Ham United man was making the most of the injury, but the 25-year-old was particularly disappointed with the reaction of Martin, who questioned whether Huckerby had touched the goalkeeper.

“He definitely caught me - I've got the marks on my knee to prove it,” said Bywater. “It was a 50-50 challenge, which was fair enough. The only thing I wasn't happy with was their other forward, Chris Martin, who was saying Huckerby didn't touch me.


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“I didn't really like that because I'm not a cheat. I'm a pretty tough person and I wouldn't go down for no reason.

“But I don't really care what their fans think.”

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Canaries' boss Peter Grant was not impressed by Bywater's injury and suggested the player was trying to waste time in getting treatment for the injury.

Grant said: “You see somebody cheating at the end there, lying down, and they're shouting at him to lie down and then they're expecting us to give them the ball back, and we give them the ball back, like idiots.

“I think these rules about kicking the ball back to the opposition are absolute rubbish.”

Bywater was at fault for Martin's 52nd minute opener and admitted how grateful he was to his team mates for rectifying his error.

He said: “I should have saved the goal. I'm man enough to admit it and I'm grateful to the other lads to get me out of trouble.

“We didn't play particularly well in the first half and they were on top of us but we came out in the second half a different animal.

“We pressured them and deserved what we got - the win.”

Meanwhile, Derby first team coach Julian Darby saluted two-goal hero David Jones for his role in the victory which saw the Rams go two points clear at the top of the Championship table.

“They were two great goals and he has that quality,” said Darby. “Jonah had a couple of sighters before his first goal and so we knew it was on the cards. He puts the extra in during training and has got goals in him.

“The second one was a great move and Jonah had the composure to stick the ball in the corner.”

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