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Huddersfield Town 4-4 Derby County

Tom Ince
Tom Ince has scored 10 goals in 16 games since joining Derby on loan from Hull in February

Derby County missed out on a chance to improve their play-off chances after a thrilling draw at Huddersfield.

Tom Ince scored early for the Rams, but his side were 3-1 down at the break as Oscar Gobern, Mark Hudson and Reece James took advantage of poor defending.

But Derby started the fightback early in the second half as Simon Dawkins converted a Stephen Warnock cross.

Jesse Lingard equalised for the Rams, Nahki Wells put Town back ahead before Ince got his second to salvage a point.

It means that Derby, who had led the Championship for much of the season, stay fifth in the division and need one more win to guarantee themselves a play-off place.

Had they won, though, they would have all but secured their position in the top six as Brentford and Wolves would have been six points behind with two games left and a huge goal difference to recover.

Derby rollercoaster six weeks
The Rams were two points clear at the top of the Championship at the start of March
Steve McClaren's team failed to win any of their matches in March, losing three and drawing two, as they dropped to fifth place by the end of the month as Bournemouth, Middlesbrough, Norwich and Watford all took advantage
Since the start of April, Derby are unbeaten, winning two and drawing three of their four matches

Huddersfield have lost just one of their last eight games and move above Leeds to 15th place.

Steve McClaren's pre-game plans for Derby were hit after just three minutes when Craig Bryson was hurt and replaced by Dawkins.

But it did not seem to hurt the early Rams rhythm as they opened the scoring a few minutes later when the Ince unleashed a rasping drive from 25 yards into the top corner.

Ince came close a few minutes later from distance before Derby were forced into a second early change as Zak Whitbread was forced off and replaced by Cyrus Christie.

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McClaren on Huddersfield v Derby

The Terriers equalised as Christie was caught in possession and Conor Coady was able to float a long ball forward which found Gobern unmarked in the box, and the former Southampton player chested the ball down and shot past Lee Grant - despite protests from the Derby defence that Gobern had handled the ball.

Four minutes later Huddersfield took the lead as the unmarked Hudson headed in James' corner at the far post before Derby's first-half defensive woes were compounded as James scored direct from a corner in stoppage time.

Whatever former England boss McClaren said at half time appeared to have the desired effect as Dawkins got his fifth goal of the season as he slotted in Stephen Warnock's cross.

The Rams drew level after an hour as Lingard's controlled low shot from the edge of the box beat Alex Smithies.

But when Ryan Shotton gave the ball away to Wells, he played in Sean Scannell, whose shot was saved by Grant but Wells was there to capitalise.

However Ince got his 10th goal since joining Derby in February as he shot into the bottom corner after cutting his way through the Huddersfield defence.

Town thought they had won it in stoppage time, but Ishmael Miller's goal was chalked off for offside.

Derby boss Steve McClaren: "We are crawling over the line and we don't make it easy for ourselves. For the neutrals it was great, for the managers it was a nightmare and for the fans it had ups and downs.

"We need one more win and that's our only focus - but the way we are defending at the moment, anyone could beat us. We are not in a good condition but we are scrapping."

Huddersfield boss Chris Powell: "People say we have nothing to play for but the players showed they care about this club and their own performances.

"It's a shame we didn't get the three points our first-half performance warranted but we are building for the future. We can do better and that's the message I will be getting through to the players."

Line-ups

Huddersfield

  • 1Smithies
  • 27Smith
  • 4Hudson
  • 33Lynch
  • 7Scannell
  • 28Gobern
  • 10CoadySubstituted forHoggat 81'minutes
  • 8ButterfieldBooked at 78mins
  • 3JamesBooked at 90mins
  • 21WellsSubstituted forBunnat 88'minutes
  • 11Miller

Substitutes

  • 2Edgar
  • 6Hogg
  • 13Murphy
  • 15Wallace
  • 18Lolley
  • 29Billing
  • 30Bunn

Derby

  • 1Grant
  • 32Shotton
  • 6Keogh
  • 17WhitbreadSubstituted forChristieat 27'minutes
  • 37Warnock
  • 8Hendrick
  • 19HughesSubstituted forRussellat 79'minutes
  • 4BrysonSubstituted forDawkinsat 9'minutesBooked at 66mins
  • 23Ince
  • 39Bent
  • 16Lingard

Substitutes

  • 2Christie
  • 3Forsyth
  • 7Dawkins
  • 10Ward
  • 11Russell
  • 18Sammon
  • 21Roos
Referee:
Dean Whitestone
Attendance:
15,889

Match Stats

Home TeamHuddersfieldAway TeamDerby
Possession
Home44%
Away56%
Shots
Home18
Away10
Shots on Target
Home6
Away5
Corners
Home8
Away2
Fouls
Home14
Away7

Live Text

Match ends, Huddersfield Town 4, Derby County 4.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Huddersfield Town 4, Derby County 4.

Attempt missed. Mark Hudson (Huddersfield Town) header from the right side of the six yard box misses to the right. Assisted by Jacob Butterfield with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Johnny Russell.

Booking

Reece James (Huddersfield Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Johnny Russell (Derby County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Reece James (Huddersfield Town).

Offside, Huddersfield Town. Jacob Butterfield tries a through ball, but Ishmael Miller is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Jacob Butterfield (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Sean Scannell.

Substitution

Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Harry Bunn replaces Nahki Wells.

Attempt missed. Joel Lynch (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from more than 35 yards is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Jonathan Hogg.

Substitution

Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Jonathan Hogg replaces Conor Coady.

Goal!

Goal! Huddersfield Town 4, Derby County 4. Tom Ince (Derby County) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Darren Bent.

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. Johnny Russell replaces Will Hughes because of an injury.

Booking

Jacob Butterfield (Huddersfield Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Jacob Butterfield (Huddersfield Town).

Foul by Simon Dawkins (Derby County).

Joel Lynch (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Mark Hudson (Huddersfield Town) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Reece James with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Will Hughes.

Attempt blocked. Sean Scannell (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Nahki Wells.

Attempt blocked. Jeff Hendrick (Derby County) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Cyrus Christie with a cross.

Foul by Jesse Lingard (Derby County).

Tommy Smith (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Ryan Shotton (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Nahki Wells (Huddersfield Town).

Goal!

Goal! Huddersfield Town 4, Derby County 3. Nahki Wells (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Sean Scannell.

Offside, Derby County. Cyrus Christie tries a through ball, but Tom Ince is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. Ishmael Miller (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Nahki Wells.

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Ryan Shotton.

Attempt blocked. Ishmael Miller (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Conor Coady.

Booking

Simon Dawkins (Derby County) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Simon Dawkins (Derby County).

Jacob Butterfield (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Nahki Wells (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Goal!

Goal! Huddersfield Town 3, Derby County 3. Jesse Lingard (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Simon Dawkins.

Attempt blocked. Simon Dawkins (Derby County) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jesse Lingard.

Attempt missed. Darren Bent (Derby County) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is close, but misses to the left following a corner.

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Joel Lynch.

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As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Watford442671188493985
2Bournemouth442412892454784
3Middlesbrough442591065333284
4Norwich4424101083453882
5Derby4421131082503276
6Ipswich4421121168501875
7Brentford442191473591472
8Wolves4420121265541172
9Blackburn431515135955460
10Charlton441418125456-260
11Nottm Forest441514156965459
12Sheff Wed441417134146-559
13Cardiff441414165258-656
14Birmingham431315155164-1354
15Huddersfield441314175673-1753
16Leeds441410204860-1252
17Bolton441312195463-951
18Fulham441310215676-2049
19Reading421211194464-2047
20Brighton441016184452-846
21Rotherham431014194365-2244
22Millwall43913213767-3040
23Wigan44912233960-2139
24Blackpool44413273488-5425
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