MX23RW : Tuesday, April 23 20:07:34| >> :600:359595:359595:
Apr 19, 2019 at 3pm UK at ​St. Andrew's Stadium (Birmingham)
Attendance: 23,902
BirminghamBirmingham City
2-2
DerbyDerby County
Jutkiewicz (2'), Morrison (18')
FT(HT: 2-2)
Waghorn (7'), Keogh (28')

Result: Derby County playoff hopes hit by Birmingham City draw

Result: Derby playoff hopes hit by Birmingham draw
© Reuters
The Rams twice came from behind but lost ground on the Championship's top six.

Derby's Championship play-off hopes suffered a setback as they had to settle for a 2-2 draw at Birmingham.

In an explosive start Birmingham twice took the lead following corners from Jota. Lukas Jutkiewicz was on the mark in the second minute with his 13th goal of the season and skipper Michael Morrison notched a second in the 19th minute.

Martyn Waghorn produced a solo goal and his 12th of the season for the first equaliser after only seven minutes and Rams captain Richard Keogh was on the mark with a fine 28th-minute header to salvage a precious point.

Unchanged Derby, unbeaten in their last six visits to Birmingham, had to recover from a dreadful start when they found themselves a goal down in only the second minute.

A corner from the right by Jota was completely missed by a packed Derby defence and the unmarked Jutkiewicz rammed the ball into the back of the net.

Birmingham's all-out attacking policy, however, proved to be their downfall as Derby were level in the seventh minute.

The home side were caught marooned in the opposition half when a ball out of defence by Jayden Bogle was collected by Waghorn after running past Morrison. Although Blues appealed for offside, Waghorn was allowed to progress unhindered and cleverly lobbed Lee Camp for the equaliser.

In an all-action encounter Derby's defence was again penetrated in the 19th minute from another Jota corner, this time from the left. Derby attempted to clear a tame shot by Craig Gardner but the ball rebounded for Morrison to regain the lead for Birmingham with a close-range shot.

The Rams had only themselves to blame for some indifferent defensive work faced by a Birmingham side determined to improve their lowly position.

But they regained their composure to score a second equaliser in the 28th minute. A short corner on the left from Mason Mount found Ashley Cole and the former England defender's high cross to the far post picked out the unmarked Keogh to score with a high looping header.

In such an open game Birmingham wasted a fine opportunity to take the lead for the third time. Che Adams cleverly set up Jutkiewicz but the big striker slotted his low shot just wide of the post.

Derby dominated the early part of the second half as Birmingham were forced back onto the defensive, but they could not find a winning goal.

Share this article now:
Ashley Cole in Derby County gear on February 16, 2019
Read Next:
Derby charged by FA over Brentford game
>

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel
Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool35277179205988
2Manchester CityMan City34282487226586
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs352221164352968
4Chelsea35207859382167
5Arsenal34206868432566
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd34197863481564
7Everton35147145044649
8Watford35147144950-149
9Leicester CityLeicester35146154847148
10Wolverhampton WanderersWolves34139124142-148
11West Ham UnitedWest Ham35127164454-1043
12Crystal Palace35126174348-542
13Newcastle UnitedNewcastle35118163544-941
14Bournemouth35125184962-1341
15Burnley35117174462-1840
16Southampton35109164157-1639
17Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton3598183253-2135
18Cardiff CityCardiff3594223065-3531
RFulham3565243376-4323
RHuddersfield TownHuddersfield3535272069-4914

Subscribe to our Newsletter


Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel
Login, I already have my ad-free pass
Log in to customise Sports Mole
Buy ad-free access (show me the options)
Buy monthly ad-free access for £1.20/month
Buy yearly ad-free access for £12 (2 months free)
Settings - Logout - Manage your account
Settings - Logout - Manage your account