Championship
BournemouthAFC Bournemouth2DerbyDerby County2
Darren Bent
Darren Bent joined Derby on loan in January

Darren Bent's fourth goal in five games earned a point for Derby and knocked promotion rivals Bournemouth off the top of the Championship.

Matt Ritchie swept in a stylish opener for the Cherries after Yann Kermorgant played the ball into his path.

But Bent set up forward Tom Ince to equalise on the half-hour mark.

Callum Wilson fired in to give Bournemouth a half-time lead, before Bent - on loan from Aston Villa - scored from a Simon Dawkins cut-back.

Meanwhile, Middlesbrough, who trailed Bournemouth and Derby by one point before play, took advantage of their rivals' draw to go top of the table with a 2-1 win at Blackpool.

Bournemouth showed why they are the country's top scorers by taking the lead with their first meaningful chance.

Wilson went bursting down the right and his cross was chested down by Kermorgant for Ritchie to send a cushioned volley beyond Lee Grant and into the bottom right corner.

South coast scoring spree
Bournemouth's tally of 64 league goals is the highest of any team in England's top four divisions this season.

It was a blow for Derby, who then lost top scorer Chris Martin to an injury, and could have gone further behind as Wilson seized on a poor header from Richard Keogh and steered his shot wide from the edge of the penalty area.

Home goalkeeper Artur Boruc made a terrific save to stop a near-post volley from Bent - on for the injured Martin.

But Derby hit back as Ince finished emphatically from 12 yards after the busy Bent had robbed Bournemouth defender Steve Cook by the corner flag and pulled back a cross.

Wilson restored Bournemouth's advantage in the final minute of the half, ripping a right-foot shot across Grant into the top corner after Kermorgant had worked tirelessly to chase a long punt up field and keep the ball in play.

The second half was not as frenetic as the first but it required an excellent block by Bournemouth captain Tommy Elphick to deny Ince a second after the winger wriggled past two defenders.

Bent silenced the home fans in the 67th minute to earn a point - again showing Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert what he is missing by sending him on loan.

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe:

"We were below our best. We were not as sharp and positive as we usually are with our passing.

"In the end, even though we scored two great goals, the fact we did not get beaten was positive.

"It is a learning curve and I back the team to come back stronger for it. If we could have played anywhere near how we can the result would have been different.

"The next stage for us is to put our stamp on our rivals. I don't think we have done that against the sides we will be battling with at the end of the season."

Derby manager Steve McClaren:

"Darren Bent has come on and showed his quality. Losing Chris Martin was huge and we had to change things around but Darren gave us something different.

"He has had to be patient and wait for his chance but he will get the opportunity to play some games now.

"The game was a credit to both clubs and I thought we were magnificent. We showed great character to come back twice.

"Today was a big game. We handled Wembley (last season's play-off final) which was also a big game and should have won and credit to the players for coming back from that and going again this season."

Matt Ritchie
Matt Ritchie's early goal was his ninth of the season
Tom Ince
Tom Ince has struck three goals in two games for Derby
Callum Wilson
Callum Wilson's goal added to the two he scored in Saturday's 3-1 win at Wigan

Line-ups

Bournemouth

  • 31Boruc
  • 2Francis
  • 5Elphick
  • 3S Cook
  • 11Daniels
  • 30RitchieSubstituted forPitmanat 90+3'minutes
  • 8Arter
  • 6Surman
  • 7PughSubstituted forA Smithat 77'minutes
  • 13C Wilson
  • 18KermorgantSubstituted forMacDonaldat 77'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Camp
  • 10Pitman
  • 15A Smith
  • 16MacDonald
  • 19Stanislas
  • 20Fraser
  • 22Ward

Derby

  • 1Grant
  • 2Christie
  • 6Keogh
  • 5Buxton
  • 3Forsyth
  • 8Hendrick
  • 33Mascarell
  • 19HughesBooked at 85mins
  • 23Ince
  • 9MartinSubstituted forBentat 15'minutes
  • 10WardSubstituted forDawkinsat 66'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Bryson
  • 7Dawkins
  • 16Lingard
  • 21Roos
  • 32Shotton
  • 37Warnock
  • 39Bent
Referee:
Mark Clattenburg
Attendance:
11,031

Match Stats

Home TeamBournemouthAway TeamDerby
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home12
Away14
Shots on Target
Home4
Away6
Corners
Home3
Away8
Fouls
Home10
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Bournemouth 2, Derby County 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Bournemouth 2, Derby County 2.

  3. Substitution

    Substitution, Bournemouth. Brett Pitman replaces Matt Ritchie because of an injury.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Tom Ince (Derby County) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Jeff Hendrick.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Richard Keogh.

  6. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Harry Arter (Bournemouth) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Adam Smith.

  7. Booking

    Will Hughes (Derby County) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  8. Post update

    Callum Wilson (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Will Hughes (Derby County).

  10. Post update

    Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Charlie Daniels.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Jake Buxton.

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Harry Arter following a set piece situation.

  13. Post update

    Adam Smith (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Craig Forsyth (Derby County).

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Simon Dawkins (Derby County) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Bournemouth. Shaun MacDonald replaces Yann Kermorgant.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Bournemouth. Adam Smith replaces Marc Pugh.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Will Hughes (Derby County) left footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Simon Francis (Bournemouth).

  20. Post update

    Will Hughes (Derby County) wins a free kick on the left wing.