Derby survived a late Crystal Palace fightback to keep alive their play-off hopes after a Pride Park thriller.

They raced into a 2-0 interval lead via Steven Davies and Jeff Hendrick goals.

Theo Robinson's penalty after Anthony Gardner handled a cross by Gareth Roberts made it 3-0 before Palace scored twice in the final 11 minutes.

Chris Martin and Darren Ambrose found the net for the Londoners, but Derby held on and are five points from the play-offs with seven games left.

Nigel Clough's side have certainly hit form at the right time.

Their fourth win in six games ended Palace's 10-game unbeaten league run.

Davies put Derby in front after six minutes, beating Julian Speroni with a rising shot from close range after linking up with Robinson.

Former Huddersfield player Robinson rattled the crossbar with a 20-yard attempt before Hendrick doubled the lead with a low shot into the bottom right-hand corner from the edge of the box.

It looked all over when Gardner handled a cross by Roberts, allowing Robinson to score from the spot - before Palace produced a spirited comeback.

Martin's goal in the 79th minute, a low right-foot shot from 12 yards, injected some urgency into his side's efforts.

Ambrose then set up a frantic finish when his 18-yard effort made it 3-2 with a minute remaining but Derby hung on to claim the points.

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (5)

Derby County

  • 01 Fielding
  • 03 Roberts
  • 06 Shackell Booked
  • 17 Buxton
  • 31 Naylor
  • 04 Bryson
  • 18 B Davies
  • 23 Hendrick
  • 32 Green
  • 07 S Davies (Ball - 32' )
  • 21 Robinson (Tyson - 77' )

Substitutes

  • 33 Severn
  • 16 Bailey
  • 19 Carroll
  • 09 Tyson
  • 25 Ball

Crystal Palace

  • 01 Speroni
  • 02 Clyne
  • 05 McCarthy
  • 06 Gardner
  • 04 Parr (Appiah - 77' )
  • 07 Ambrose
  • 08 Dikgacoi
  • 15 Jedinak (Moxey - 46' )
  • 11 Scannell (Williams - 46' )
  • 17 Murray
  • 35 C Martin

Substitutes

  • 34 Price
  • 21 Moxey
  • 30 McShane
  • 20 Williams
  • 38 Appiah
Ref: Russell
Att: 25,222

Match Stats

Shots

10 9

On target

4 6

Corners

4 3

Fouls

8 7

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:00 Full time

Full Time The referee blows his whistle to end the game.

90:00 +2:29

Kwesi Appiah concedes a free kick for a foul on Tom Naylor. Free kick taken by Frank Fielding.

89:32

Assist on the goal came from Glenn Murray.

89:32 Goal scored

Goal! - Darren Ambrose - Derby 3 - 2 C Palace Darren Ambrose finds the net with a goal from the edge of the penalty area to the top right corner of the goal. Derby 3-2 Crystal Palace.

89:05

Nathan Tyson concedes a free kick for a foul on Patrick McCarthy. Direct free kick taken by Patrick McCarthy.

87:02

Free kick awarded for a foul by Nathan Tyson on Patrick McCarthy. Free kick taken by Julian Speroni.

84:38

Corner taken by Darren Ambrose from the left by-line, Anthony Gardner has a header from close in and clears the crossbar.

84:02

Nathan Tyson delivers the ball, clearance by Dean Moxey. Jeff Hendrick produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the target.

83:41

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ben Davies by Jonathan Williams. Jason Shackell takes the direct free kick.

83:10

Callum Ball takes a shot. Save by Julian Speroni.

81:48

Patrick McCarthy concedes a free kick for a foul on Nathan Tyson. Ben Davies produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick.

80:09

Foul by Chris Martin on Jason Shackell, free kick awarded. Frank Fielding takes the direct free kick.

78:42 Goal scored

Goal! - Chris Martin - Derby 3 - 1 C Palace Chris Martin scores a goal from inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Derby 3-1 Crystal Palace.

77:34

The ball is swung over by Kwesi Appiah.

76:26 Substitution

Substitution Jonathan Parr goes off and Kwesi Appiah comes on.

76:26 Substitution

Substitution Nathan Tyson is brought on as a substitute for Theo Robinson.

73:07

Free kick taken by Darren Ambrose.

73:07 Booking

Booking Jason Shackell goes into the referee's book.

72:42

Jason Shackell concedes a free kick for a foul on Chris Martin.

71:17

Craig Bryson is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Darren Ambrose shoots direct from the free kick, save by Frank Fielding.

67:18

The assistant referee flags for offside against Paul Green. Julian Speroni takes the free kick.

65:04

Tom Naylor produces a cross.

62:43

Corner taken by Ben Davies, clearance made by Patrick McCarthy.

62:36

Tom Naylor crosses the ball, Jonathan Parr gets a block in.

61:33

Inswinging corner taken by Ben Davies from the left by-line, clearance by Glenn Murray.

61:28

Centre by Gareth Roberts, clearance made by Darren Ambrose.

59:47

Glenn Murray concedes a free kick for a foul on Jason Shackell. Frank Fielding takes the free kick.

58:49

Craig Bryson has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide right of the goal.

58:28

Corner from the right by-line taken by Ben Davies, Glenn Murray makes a clearance.

58:13

Theo Robinson produces a cross, clearance by Patrick McCarthy.

57:45

The ball is delivered by Jonathan Parr, clearance made by Jeff Hendrick.

55:44

The referee gives a free kick against Theo Robinson for handball. Kagisho Dikgacoi restarts play with the free kick.

51:22

Jeff Hendrick challenges Kagisho Dikgacoi unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Julian Speroni.

50:50

Jonathan Williams gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Craig Bryson. Ben Davies restarts play with the free kick.

48:45 Goal scored

Goal! - Theo Robinson - Derby 3 - 0 C Palace Theo Robinson scores a placed penalty. Derby 3-0 Crystal Palace.

48:45 Goal scored

Goal! - Theo Robinson - Derby 3 - 0 C Palace Theo Robinson scores a placed penalty. Derby 3-0 Crystal Palace.

47:07

The ball is swung over by Gareth Roberts, Anthony Gardner handles the ball and concedes a .

45:08

Jason Shackell concedes a free kick for a foul on Chris Martin. Darren Ambrose restarts play with the free kick.

45:01

The referee gets the second half underway.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Dean Moxey is brought on as a substitute for Mile Jedinak.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Jonathan Williams on for Sean Scannell.

45:00 +2:26 Half time

Half Time The players leave the pitch at half time.

45:00 +1:32

Ben Davies takes the inswinging corner, Close range headed effort by Callum Ball misses to the right of the goal.

45:00 +1:27

The ball is sent over by Craig Bryson, clearance by Nathaniel Clyne.

45:00 +0:19

The ball is sent over by Craig Bryson.

41:33

The ball is sent over by Craig Bryson, Julian Speroni makes a save.

39:40

The ball is crossed by Darren Ambrose, Paul Green manages to make a clearance.

38:26

Craig Bryson is adjudged to have handled the ball. Mile Jedinak restarts play with the free kick.

37:26

Gareth Roberts delivers the ball, Kagisho Dikgacoi makes a clearance.

36:08

Glenn Murray takes a shot. Save by Frank Fielding.

34:50

The ball is delivered by Sean Scannell.

33:05

Tom Naylor sends in a cross, clearance by Patrick McCarthy.

32:13

The ball is swung over by Darren Ambrose, Sean Scannell has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide of the left-hand upright.

31:04

Julian Speroni takes the indirect free kick.

31:04 Substitution

Substitution Steve Davies leaves the field to be replaced by Callum Ball.

31:04

Paul Green is flagged offside by the assistant referee.

29:59

A cross is delivered by Chris Martin, save by Frank Fielding.

29:47

The ball is sent over by Sean Scannell, clearance made by Jake Buxton.

28:29 Goal scored

Goal! - Jeff Hendrick - Derby 2 - 0 C Palace A goal is scored by Jeff Hendrick from just outside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Derby 2-0 Crystal Palace.

28:17

Tom Naylor crosses the ball, clearance made by Julian Speroni.

25:18

Free kick awarded for a foul by Ben Davies on Mile Jedinak. Free kick taken by Darren Ambrose.

25:02

Nathaniel Clyne sends in a cross, clearance by Tom Naylor.

22:26

Theo Robinson takes a shot.

22:02

Darren Ambrose takes a shot. Save by Frank Fielding.

21:32

The ball is sent over by Jonathan Parr, clearance by Jason Shackell.

20:30

Paul Green takes a shot. Save by Frank Fielding. Shot from just outside the box by Tom Naylor misses to the right of the goal.

18:52

Anthony Gardner challenges Steve Davies unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ben Davies restarts play with the free kick.

18:27

The ball is delivered by Patrick McCarthy, save by Frank Fielding.

17:12

Steve Davies delivers the ball, clearance made by Anthony Gardner.

14:50

Craig Bryson is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Julian Speroni takes the free kick.

14:37

Craig Bryson delivers the ball, clearance by Anthony Gardner.

13:53

Glenn Murray crosses the ball, Tom Naylor manages to make a clearance.

12:35

Corner taken right-footed by Darren Ambrose, clearance by Paul Green.

12:25

Darren Ambrose crosses the ball, Theo Robinson manages to make a clearance.

9:50

Corner taken right-footed by Darren Ambrose from the left by-line, Glenn Murray takes a shot. Save by Frank Fielding.

9:15

Sean Scannell fouled by Tom Naylor, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Darren Ambrose.

7:14

The assistant referee flags for offside against Craig Bryson. Indirect free kick taken by Julian Speroni.

5:26

Assist by Theo Robinson.

5:26 Goal scored

Goal! - Steve Davies - Derby 1 - 0 C Palace Steve Davies grabs a goal from inside the six-yard box to the top right corner of the goal. Derby 1-0 Crystal Palace.

3:57

Sean Scannell takes a shot. Blocked by Jeff Hendrick.

3:27

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Glenn Murray by Jason Shackell. Darren Ambrose takes the free kick.

0:00

The referee gets the game underway.

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