Derby County 2-4 Burnley

Burnley twice came from behind to reignite their play-off hopes with a thumping win over lowly Derby County.

The Rams went ahead when Theo Robinson fired in Stephen Pearson's cross but Chris Eagles levelled with a fine lob.

Jamie Ward's deflected 20-yard strike restored Derby's lead but Ward was then sent off for a foul on Tyrone Mears.

Eagles netted the resultant spot-kick at the second attempt to level and Burnley eased home through a Wade Elliott header and Chris McCann's shot.

Ward's red card was the turning point and the Clarets were able to fully exploit their numerical advantage.

But, having been beaten by Leicester and Nottingham Forest in their previous two away matches, the visitors could have been forgiven for thinking they were set for another miserable afternoon in the East Midlands after a slow start.

Robinson caught the Burnley defence napping and nipped in to fire Pearson's left-wing cross past keeper Brian Jensen.

Eagles equalised after 15 minutes with an audacious chip from the edge of the box.

Chances arrived at both ends after that and Robinson went close before Jones tipped Elliott's shot round the post.

Derby regained the lead just after the half-hour mark through Ward's strike and Steve Davies almost added a third.

But Burnley turned things around after the interval and romped to victory.

Ward's dismissal allowed Eagles to fire home on the rebound after his 62nd-minute penalty was saved by Jones.

Former Rams defender Mears then helped edge the visitors ahead three minutes later when he found Eagles, who crossed for Elliott to head home from 12 yards.

And McCann - starting his first game of the season following reconstructive knee ligament surgery last summer - gave Burnley some breathing space with 16 minutes remaining when his 25-yard shot went in off the inside of the post.

The result sends Eddie Howe's side level on points with sixth-placed Forest while Derby are still to secure their Championship status for next season but are now eight points from the drop zone with three games remaining.

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