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Hartlepool United 1-2 Derby County

Darren Bent grabbed the winner as Derby County came from behind against struggling League Two side Hartlepool to reach the FA Cup fourth round.

A much-changed Rams had the better of a cagey first half lacking real chances, with Nick Blackman twice going close.

But, after another Derby debutant Abdoul Camara hit the bar with a long-range shot, Pools led through Jake Gray's fine volley.

The Rams responded in style to earn the win through Jacob Butterfield and Bent.

Substitute Butterfield was one of the men left out as the Championship promotion-chasing Derby made 10 changes from the side beaten by Middlesbrough in their last league meeting.

But within a minute of coming on, his low shot from the edge of the box cancelled out Gray's opener, which was created by a classy run by former Chelsea youth player Michael Woods.

And with the game increasingly open and frantic, ex-England striker Bent showed great composure to fire in the winner following good work by the impressive Camara.

Hartlepool manager Ronnie Moore:

"We deserved a replay and a crack at going to a lovely ground. The performance was first-class.

"We have not played for a little while [three weeks because of poor weather] and you don't know what you're going to get. We executed our plan and that was pleasing.

"It was a great cup tie, especially in the second half when they went to 4-4-2. It was a wide-open game.

"We deserved a replay at least I thought. It's like a knife in the heart when you concede so late.

"At least we've given the supporters hope and shown some fight. If we can continue that form in the league, we will have no problems this season."

Derby County head coach Paul Clement:

"It's good to be part of a game like that, against a lower-league team who were really up for it and I'm glad the game was on.

"We had to work hard for the victory and at one point it looked like it wasn't going to be our day.

"It was a really good goal from them - Michael Woods put the ball up to the back post and we responded very well. We are delighted to be in the draw for round four.

"Jacob came on and it worked with a quick goal. It's nice when it works out, Darren's goal was his 200th at senior level.

"When he plays, he's been hitting the woodwork, then he goes close with a diving header and that goal will give him a boost. He looked dangerous."

Jake Gray gives Hartlepool the lead against Derby
On-loan Crystal Palace midfielder Jake Gray's goal was his third goal in nine appearances for Hartlepool
Jacob Butterfield scores Derby's equaliser against Hartlepool
Jacob Butterfield had only been on the pitch for a minute when his shot levelled the scores



Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Carson
  • 19Richards
  • 5Harrison
  • 26Jackson
  • 3Carroll
  • 16FeatherstoneSubstituted forBinghamat 87'minutes
  • 14Woods
  • 30GraySubstituted forWalkerat 80'minutes
  • 18Hawkins
  • 15Oates
  • 17Fenwick


  • 8Walker
  • 9Bingham
  • 11Oyenuga
  • 13Bartlett
  • 20Jones
  • 22Nearney
  • 23Smith


Formation 4-3-3

  • 35Mitchell
  • 12Baird
  • 16Pearce
  • 5Buxton
  • 37Warnock
  • 4BrysonSubstituted forButterfieldat 66'minutes
  • 26HansonSubstituted forRussellat 46'minutes
  • 32Shotton
  • 20Razzagui Camara
  • 10Bent
  • 22BlackmanSubstituted forWeimannat 76'minutes


  • 1Grant
  • 2Christie
  • 11Russell
  • 18Butterfield
  • 24Weimann
  • 30Ssewankambo
  • 38Bennett
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Match Stats

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  1. Post update

    Match ends, Hartlepool United 1, Derby County 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Hartlepool United 1, Derby County 2.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Michael Woods (Hartlepool United).

  4. Post update

    Jacob Butterfield (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Brad Walker (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

    Foul by Jake Carroll (Hartlepool United).

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Hartlepool United. Rakish Bingham replaces Nicky Featherstone.

  9. Goal!

    Goal! Hartlepool United 1, Derby County 2. Darren Bent (Derby County) left footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the top left corner. Assisted by Abdoul Camara.

  10. Post update

    Ryan Shotton (Derby County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Scott Fenwick (Hartlepool United).

  12. Post update

    Attempt saved. Alex Pearce (Derby County) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Hartlepool United. Brad Walker replaces Jake Gray.

  14. Post update

    Ryan Shotton (Derby County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Rhys Oates (Hartlepool United).

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Derby County. Andreas Weimann replaces Nick Blackman.

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Rhys Oates (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Alex Pearce (Derby County).

  19. Post update

    Nicky Featherstone (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  20. Post update

    Attempt saved. Darren Bent (Derby County) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.