Match ends, Norwich City 3, Derby County 4.
Norwich City 3-4 Derby County: Frank Lampard experiences football first after Jack Marriott winner
Manager Frank Lampard said he had never before been involved in a match like Derby County's astonishing 4-3 win over Norwich City.
Jack Marriott grabbed a dramatic late winner as the Rams recovered from 2-0 and then 3-2 down - with five minutes remaining - to edge a gripping game delayed for 20 minutes because of floodlight failure.
"It had everything," Lampard said. "I have certainly never gone back to the dressing room and then come back like that before and as a manager I have never been involved in a game with two late goals like that."
Norwich dominated the first 35 minutes and deservedly led through Ben Godfrey's back-post shot and a fine breakaway second that was well finished by Teemu Pukki.
Goals by Fikayo Tomori and Mason Mount drew the Rams level by the interval.
And although Pukki restored the Norwich lead just before the lights went out in one section of the ground, the Rams took the points through Florian Jozefzoon, after a goalmouth scramble, and Marriott's stylish dinked finish.
The Canaries, who would have gone level on points with leaders Leeds with a victory, piled forward in injury time and almost snatched a point when Todd Cantwell forced a brilliant save from Scott Carson and Jordan Rhodes smashed an effort against the bar.
"I think the delay worked in our favour because Norwich had just scored their goal and the momentum was with them," said Lampard, who occupy the final play-off place, four points clear of seventh-placed Birmingham City.
"It was bad timing for them and good timing for us because it gave us the chance to reorganise things and I thought David Nugent did a superb job when he came on, playing a part in both our goals.
"The players deserve so much credit for coming away from a tough place like this with three points."
"For the first 30 minutes we didn't show that desire against a very good Norwich side and the score could have been anything. But goals change games and once we got it back to 2-1 we started to play at a much better level."
Norwich boss Daniel Farke was amazed that his side were not able to extend their unbeaten run to 13 matches and force a second consecutive high-scoring draw at Carrow Road.
City had trailed Nottingham Forest 3-0 on Boxing Day but somehow recovered, scoring twice in injury time to salvage a draw.
But this time the Canaries were on the receiving end of the late drama on a crazy afternoon that produced 43 attempts on goal.
"We are unbelievably disappointed," Farke added. "The football we played in the first 30 minutes was some of the best I've seen here. But we didn't protect our goal too well in the first half.
"I don't want to use the floodlight problem as an excuse but if it hadn't been for that I am sure we would have gone on and won the game. We had just scored, we had the momentum with us, and the delay gave Derby a chance to take a break and make changes.
"It is difficult to accept that we have lost this game. For most of the first half Derby just couldn't handle our quality."
At 2-0 up after a dominant start, their confidence was flowing and the lead could have been greater.
But the Rams were a different side after Tomori blasted the ball in following a corner and and another Chelsea loanee Mount rounded off a frantic 20-minute spell by firing in the equaliser in first-half injury-time.
Neither side could force a breakthrough until Pukki's 19th goal of the season seemed to have settled an already thrilling encounter.
But a ridiculous match still had more drama as the Rams ruined the afternoon for home supporters when the players returned following the 20-minute floodlight failure.
Jozefzoon bundled in the leveller and Marriott's cool chipped effort ended a four-game winless run for the visitors.
- 37AaronsBooked at 45mins
- 6ZimmermannBooked at 5mins
- 8VrancicBooked at 62minsSubstituted forTrybullat 85'minutes
- 18StiepermannSubstituted forSrbenyat 90+2'minutes
- 22PukkiSubstituted forRhodesat 88'minutes
- 2WisdomSubstituted forNugentat 84'minutes
- 7H WilsonBooked at 90mins
- 17EvansBooked at 66mins
- 9WaghornSubstituted forHolmesat 78'minutesBooked at 90mins
- 14MarriottSubstituted forBirdat 90+8'minutes
- David Webb
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Norwich City 3, Derby County 4.
Attempt blocked. Timm Klose (Norwich City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Jordan Rhodes (Norwich City) hits the bar with a left footed shot from the centre of the box. Assisted by Dennis Srbeny with a headed pass following a corner.
Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Scott Carson.
Attempt saved. Todd Cantwell (Norwich City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Alexander Tettey.
Substitution, Derby County. Max Bird replaces Jack Marriott.
Attempt blocked. Christoph Zimmermann (Norwich City) header from the right side of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by Onel Hernández with a cross.
Harry Wilson (Derby County) is shown the yellow card.
Duane Holmes (Derby County) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Maximillian Aarons (Norwich City) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Duane Holmes (Derby County).
Attempt blocked. Dennis Srbeny (Norwich City) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ben Godfrey.
Goal! Norwich City 3, Derby County 4. Jack Marriott (Derby County) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Scott Carson.
Substitution, Norwich City. Dennis Srbeny replaces Marco Stiepermann.
Substitution, Norwich City. Jordan Rhodes replaces Teemu Pukki.
Goal! Norwich City 3, Derby County 3. Florian Jozefzoon (Derby County) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.
Attempt blocked. Duane Holmes (Derby County) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is blocked.
Substitution, Norwich City. Tom Trybull replaces Mario Vrancic.
Substitution, Derby County. David Nugent replaces Andre Wisdom.
Delay in match (Norwich City).
Delay over. They are ready to continue.
Goal! Norwich City 3, Derby County 2. Teemu Pukki (Norwich City) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the top right corner.
Attempt blocked. Onel Hernández (Norwich City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Marco Stiepermann with a through ball.
Attempt missed. Alexander Tettey (Norwich City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Marco Stiepermann.
Substitution, Derby County. Duane Holmes replaces Martyn Waghorn.
Attempt saved. Mario Vrancic (Norwich City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Onel Hernández.
Foul by Teemu Pukki (Norwich City).
Harry Wilson (Derby County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Mario Vrancic (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Martyn Waghorn (Derby County).
Attempt blocked. Mason Mount (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Harry Wilson.
Onel Hernández (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Jayden Bogle (Derby County).
Foul by Maximillian Aarons (Norwich City).
Andre Wisdom (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Hand ball by George Evans (Derby County).
Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Richard Keogh.
Mario Vrancic (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Harry Wilson (Derby County).