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Derby County 2-2 Brentford: Rooney's Rams rally to take point against Bees

On-loan half-time sub Lee Gregory scored only his second goal since joining Derby from Stoke on January deadline day
On-loan half-time substitute Lee Gregory scored only his second goal since joining Derby from Stoke on deadline day last month

Derby County came from 2-0 down at half-time to earn a deserved draw with Championship high fliers Brentford.

After 27-goal Championship top scorer Ivan Toney's eighth-minute penalty and a low shot from Sergi Canos, Lee Gregory got one back before fellow half-time substitute Louie Sibley's stunning left-foot curler just four minutes from time.

Brentford, who now trail second-placed Watford by five points, looked on course for a fourth win in five games.

But Derby boss Wayne Rooney shook things up with a three-man half-time substitution.

And it paid off as the Rams hit back to earn only their second point in five matches in March - and edge eight points clear of danger.

Derby had previously endured a miserable month, having picked up just one point and drawn four successive blanks in front of goal.

Ivan Toney's early penalty was the Championship top scorer's 27th goal of the season
Ivan Toney's early penalty was the Championship top scorer's 27th goal of the season

It looked bad for the Rams when Bryan Mbeumo was brought down by Lee Buchanan and Toney converted from the spot.

Then Canos cut in from left on 23 minutes to drill a low right-foot shot which beat keeper Kelle Roos at his near right post to seemingly put the Bees on course for another win.

But Gregory was one of three half-time substitutes and the on-loan Stoke City striker, who replaced Louie Watson, scored within two minutes of coming on.

He steered home Nathan Byrne's low cross from close range for only his second goal for the Rams since arriving on the final day of the transfer window last month.

That gave the Rams the confidence to look for more and they got their point when Sibley came up with his first goal in almost eight months - since the 3-1 win at Birmingham last July.

Another of Derby's subs Patrick Roberts, who had only just come on, slipped a pass to his left inside and Sibley neatly feinted to give himself the space he needed to send a superb 20-yard shot arcing beyond the reach of David Raya.

Derby boss Wayne Rooney:

"The first half was everything we didn't want. We looked a bit nervous and if you leave teams like Brentford that space they'll hurt you so I had to make changes at half-time.

"We showed great energy and great character and fully deserved a point in the end. We came out at half-time and played with no fear.

"I know sometimes it's difficult to do that but that's what we have to do. We have to believe we are a good team.

"If we play on the front foot, are aggressive, take chances and are not scared of the consequences then we'll do well. The second half was very good. We had Brentford on the back foot."

Brentford head coach Thomas Frank:

"Definitely a game of two halves. We were absolutely excellent first half, maybe one of the best we've played so far in the season, totally in control on and off the ball.

"We could have been up by more than two and we talked at half-time of needing to up the tempo, as we knew they would come flying out.

"They changed three players so we knew something would happen. Then they got that goal so now it's a master-stroke by Wayne and his coaching staff and was well deserved.

"Definitely they deserve some respect because they did what they did to change things. But we need to do better. We simply didn't keep the ball well enough."

Line-ups

Derby

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 21Roos
  • 12Byrne
  • 2WisdomSubstituted forRobertsat 86'minutes
  • 16Clarke
  • 26Buchanan
  • 8BirdSubstituted forMengiat 45'minutes
  • 4Shinnie
  • 7JozwiakSubstituted forSibleyat 45'minutes
  • 38Knight
  • 40WatsonSubstituted forGregoryat 45'minutes
  • 13Kazim-RichardsSubstituted forLawrenceat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Marshall
  • 3Forsyth
  • 9Waghorn
  • 10Lawrence
  • 15Mengi
  • 17Sibley
  • 19Gregory
  • 23Roberts
  • 34Baningime

Brentford

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Raya
  • 22Dalsgaard
  • 18Jansson
  • 23Reid
  • 29Bech Sørensen
  • 8JensenSubstituted forGhoddosat 71'minutes
  • 6NørgaardSubstituted forForssat 89'minutes
  • 27Janelt
  • 19MbeumoSubstituted forRasmussenat 86'minutes
  • 17Toney
  • 7CanósSubstituted forFosu-Henryat 71'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Pinnock
  • 9Marcondes
  • 15Forss
  • 20Ghoddos
  • 24Fosu-Henry
  • 28Daniels
  • 30Rasmussen
  • 31Zamburek
  • 41Bidstrup
Referee:
David Webb

Match Stats

Home TeamDerbyAway TeamBrentford
Possession
Home44%
Away56%
Shots
Home11
Away10
Shots on Target
Home3
Away4
Corners
Home7
Away4
Fouls
Home10
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Derby County 2, Brentford 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Derby County 2, Brentford 2.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Marcus Forss (Brentford).

  4. Post update

    Matthew Clarke (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Tom Lawrence (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Lee Gregory.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Mads Rasmussen (Brentford).

  7. Post update

    Graeme Shinnie (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Winston Reid (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Lee Gregory (Derby County).

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Brentford. Marcus Forss replaces Christian Nørgaard.

  11. Goal!

    Goal! Derby County 2, Brentford 2. Louie Sibley (Derby County) left footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Patrick Roberts.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Derby County. Patrick Roberts replaces Andre Wisdom.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Brentford. Mads Rasmussen replaces Bryan Mbeumo.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Bryan Mbeumo (Brentford).

  15. Post update

    Louie Sibley (Derby County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  16. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jason Knight (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Vitaly Janelt (Brentford).

  18. Post update

    Jason Knight (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Ivan Toney (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Saman Ghoddos.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Saman Ghoddos (Brentford).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Norwich36247553262779
2Watford37219752262672
3Swansea36209745281769
4Brentford361910764382667
5Reading361871150381261
6Barnsley36187114539661
7Bournemouth3716111055371859
8Middlesbrough37168134638856
9Cardiff3715101254371755
10Millwall36111693533249
11Stoke371213124142-149
12Bristol City36153183948-948
13Luton36138153041-1147
14QPR351210133540-546
15Blackburn36128164941844
16Preston37135193948-944
17Nottm Forest361011152935-641
18Huddersfield36118174051-1141
19Derby371010172741-1440
20Coventry36911163248-1638
21Birmingham36811172646-2035
22Rotherham3395193647-1132
23Sheff Wed3597192545-2028
24Wycombe3668222458-3426
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