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Derby County 2-2 Leicester City

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FA Cup: Derby County 2-2 Leicester City highlights

Wes Morgan salvaged a replay for Leicester City in an FA Cup fourth-round tie with Derby County which will be remembered for a remarkable Darren Bent own goal.

Rams striker Bent put the Premier League champions ahead when he scuffed a clearance into his own net while under no pressure trying to clear a corner.

However, the former England forward made up for that when he headed Will Hughes' cross into the right net to level the scores.

Craig Bryson put Championship side Derby ahead when he picked the ball up 25 yards out, surged past three Foxes defenders and fired the ball across Kasper Schmeichel with a slight deflection off Robert Huth.

Leicester, who hit the post through Demarai Gray, looked as if they were heading out of the cup before captain Morgan headed home Gray's corner.

Derby had a late penalty appeal turned down when Abdoul Camara's shot hit Huth's hand.

The replay at the King Power Stadium will be played on Wednesday, 8 February (19:45 GMT).

Bent bounces back from 'baffling' own goal

Bent has made a career from close-range tap-ins, but he has never 'scored' one like his opener before.

Marc Albrighton's corner was headed towards goal by Foxes defender Huth. The ball fell to Chris Baird, who tried to control the ball on his thigh but it went away from him back towards team-mate Bent.

The former Sunderland striker, standing just in front of the line, had plenty of time to control the ball or smash it to safety. But as he swung his foot to clear, the ball hit the side of his boot and flew behind him into the back of the net.

Match of the Day summariser Graeme Le Saux called it "just the most bizarre goal". The former England defender added: "It is just terrible. From an experienced player, he's got time, he sees the ball. How he fails to get decent contact on it, baffling. I don't think I've ever seen anything like it. He almost kicks it backwards into the net."

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Bent scores 'appalling' own goal

BBC Radio 5 live's Andy Townsend said: "He could have taken a touch before clearing. He didn't need to slash at it."

"I don't know what happened," said Bent after the game. "I lost concentration and tried to hit the ball as hard as I could and it flew into the net. It wasn't the greatest start. Fair play to us to stick at it."

Bent made amends with a goal at the right end when Schmeichel punched a corner to Hughes, whose cross was met by Bent with a glancing header to turn the ball past the keeper into the corner of the net.

"It was playing on my mind, I thought 'what have I done here'? But I scored at the other end," he added.

The 32-year-old striker has now scored in 10 of his past 11 FA Cup games, including all five for Derby.

The Foxes rescue a replay they scarcely want

Wes Morgan
Wes Morgan's goal was only his second of the season

Leicester named a strong team, with nine of their regular starting 11 from last season's title-winning team starting - and a 10th, Riyad Mahrez, coming on midway through the second half.

But as has been the case for most of their title defence so far - they sit five points above the relegation zone - they looked nothing like the 2015-16 legends.

However, they did have enough chances to score before eventually equalising.

Half-time substitute Gray should have levelled when Albrighton's cross was punched away by Scott Carson to the winger, who fired the rebound straight at the former England keeper.

And then moments later, he went even closer when his low shot from the edge of the box hit the post. The ball fell to Shinji Okazaki, whose first effort was blocked and his second - like his team-mate had done a minute before - went straight at Carson, who was on the ground.

And, as if to sum up the difference between this season and last, Jamie Vardy - scorer of 24 goals last term and six this time around - headed straight at Carson from about six yards out.

But Morgan kept them in the cup with his late intervention, albeit in a replay neither side really wanted.

While Derby are challenging for the play-offs, Leicester now have to juggle a Premier League relegation battle, a campaign in the Champions League knockout stages and an FA Cup replay.

Derby boss Steve McClaren joked after the game that he would have brought on more strikers at the end to force a winner for either side if he could.

Man of the match - Will Hughes (Derby County)

Will Hughes
Derby County were looking good until highly rated midfielder Will Hughes was forced off with a hamstring injury midway through the second half. BBC pundit Paul Ince said: "He has been absolutely outstanding. He's controlled the game. He's going to be a big miss for Derby." He was right

Manager reaction - 'We have to concentrate'

Derby manager Steve McClaren: "We did everything we could, we came across a team who were at it tonight. Our character was fantastic, we dug in in the second half and Scott Carson made some saves when we needed him to.

"The penalty incident? It's hit his hand and it's on target. I've seen them given but we didn't get the luck. We fought to the end, neither of us wanted a draw but what a cup tie. It was a great game, great atmosphere and I am proud of the players."

Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri: "It was a tough match. We started well and scored but slowly we lost our calm. They played well and scored twice. In the second half we again started well and created two or three chances. It was tough to score but thankfully Morgan got one for us.

"We have to concentrate. Too many times we concede. We can only work and be more focused."

The stats you need to know

  • Derby are unbeaten at Pride Park in all competitions since Steve McClaren took charge in October 2016 (W7 D3).
  • Bent became the first player to score at both ends in an FA Cup game since Aidan Hawtin (Brackley v Newport) in November 2015.
  • Tom Ince (nine) and Darren Bent (six) have scored 15 of Derby's past 22 goals.
  • Wes Morgan scored his first goal in 28 appearances in all competitions.
  • Leicester are unbeaten in all of their past eight FA Cup games against teams from a lower division (W6 D2).

What's next?

Both sides have away trips on Tuesday. Derby, outside the Championship play-offs by two points, visit mid-table Ipswich Town, with Leicester going to Burnley in the Premier League (both 19:45 GMT kick-offs).

Line-ups

Derby

  • 1Carson
  • 12Baird
  • 6Keogh
  • 16PearceBooked at 55mins
  • 29Olsson
  • 19HughesSubstituted forButterfieldat 63'minutes
  • 15Johnson
  • 4BrysonSubstituted forCamaraat 89'minutes
  • 10Ince
  • 11Bent
  • 7RussellSubstituted forVydraat 84'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Christie
  • 5Shackell
  • 17de Sart
  • 18Butterfield
  • 20Camara
  • 23Vydra
  • 35Mitchell

Leicester

  • 1Schmeichel
  • 17Simpson
  • 5Morgan
  • 6Huth
  • 28FuchsSubstituted forGrayat 45'minutes
  • 11AlbrightonSubstituted forMusaat 74'minutes
  • 4Drinkwater
  • 10King
  • 3Chilwell
  • 20OkazakiSubstituted forMahrezat 64'minutes
  • 9Vardy

Substitutes

  • 7Musa
  • 21Zieler
  • 22Gray
  • 24Mendy
  • 25Ndidi
  • 26Mahrez
  • 29Benalouane
Referee:
Mark Clattenburg
Attendance:
25,079

Match Stats

Home TeamDerbyAway TeamLeicester
Possession
Home38%
Away62%
Shots
Home7
Away14
Shots on Target
Home3
Away6
Corners
Home3
Away11
Fouls
Home7
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Derby County 2, Leicester City 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Derby County 2, Leicester City 2.

Attempt saved. Jacob Butterfield (Derby County) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Chris Baird.

Attempt saved. Daniel Drinkwater (Leicester City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Riyad Mahrez.

Foul by Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City).

Markus Olsson (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Abdoul Camara (Derby County) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Chris Baird.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. Abdoul Camara replaces Craig Bryson.

Delay in match (Leicester City).

Goal!

Goal! Derby County 2, Leicester City 2. Wes Morgan (Leicester City) header from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Demarai Gray with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Richard Keogh.

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Richard Keogh.

Foul by Andy King (Leicester City).

Matej Vydra (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. Matej Vydra replaces Johnny Russell.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Tom Ince (Derby County) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Ahmed Musa (Leicester City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Andy King.

Hand ball by Jamie Vardy (Leicester City).

Substitution

Substitution, Leicester City. Ahmed Musa replaces Marc Albrighton.

Offside, Leicester City. Demarai Gray tries a through ball, but Jamie Vardy is caught offside.

Foul by Daniel Drinkwater (Leicester City).

Tom Ince (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Daniel Drinkwater.

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Craig Bryson.

Attempt blocked. Daniel Drinkwater (Leicester City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Tom Ince (Derby County) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Darren Bent with a headed pass.

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Craig Bryson.

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Markus Olsson.

Substitution

Substitution, Leicester City. Riyad Mahrez replaces Shinji Okazaki.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. Jacob Butterfield replaces Will Hughes because of an injury.

Delay in match Will Hughes (Derby County) because of an injury.

Marc Albrighton (Leicester City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Craig Bryson (Derby County).

Attempt missed. Johnny Russell (Derby County) header from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Chris Baird with a cross.

Hand ball by Craig Bryson (Derby County).

Foul by Ben Chilwell (Leicester City).

Will Hughes (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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