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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.

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

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Huddersfield Town 4, Derby County 4.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

    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.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Johnny Russell.

  5. Booking

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

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

    Foul by Reece James (Huddersfield Town).

  8. Post update

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

  9. Post update

    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.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Harry Bunn replaces Nahki Wells.

  11. Post update

    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.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Jonathan Hogg replaces Conor Coady.

  13. 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.

  14. Substitution

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

  15. Booking

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

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

    Foul by Jacob Butterfield (Huddersfield Town).

  18. Post update

    Foul by Simon Dawkins (Derby County).

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

    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.