Huddersfield Town 1-1 Derby County

Huddersfield's Martin Paterson

Derby County's seven-match winning run came to an end after Martin Paterson's late equaliser for Huddersfield.

The Rams were on course for an eighth straight win when Craig Bryson put them ahead with a tap-in.

But Paterson lobbed keeper Lee Grant from just inside the area three minutes from time following substitute Duane Holmes's through ball.

Derby missed a penalty when Alex Smithies saved Chris Martin's attempt when the game was goalless.

Despite conceding late, County are now unbeaten in eight games and well placed to challenge for an automatic promotion spot.

Huddersfield, who are 14th in the Championship table, are without a win in four but have drawn their last two games.

The game burst into life after 26 minutes when a penalty was awarded for a foul by Huddersfield substitute Joel Lynch on Jamie Ward.

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Post-match: Derby coach McClaren

But Smithies, making his 200th appearance for the Terriers, dived low to his left to parry Martin's spot-kick.

Steve McClaren's side took the lead four minutes later, midfielder Bryson scoring for the fourth successive game with a tap-in.

Huddersfield substitute Holmes created chances for Danny Ward and Adam Clayton before the hosts levelled.

Holmes played a one-two with Clayton and then set up Paterson for his stunning lob.

Huddersfield manager Mark Robins:

"I thought we were good value for a point.

"Derby are not just one of the best teams in the division, they're one of the best in the country at the moment.

"I was glad when we were only 1-0 down at the break. We changed a few things and it got us back in the game."

Derby manager Steve McClaren:

"The first half was the best we've played in terms of controlling a match and chances created. We knew at half-time that 1-0 wouldn't be enough as Huddersfield would look to take risks to get back in the game.

"I think we lost a bit of impetus when Will Hughes had to go off but overall I'm pleased with how we played.

"Huddersfield are a good side, especially at home, and it was a tough battle. We had to dig in in the second half and grind out a result."

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Leicester2214351245
2Burnley2212731743
3QPR2212641142
4Derby2212551841
5Nottm Forest22994936
6Leeds221057935
7Ipswich22976934
8Reading22976534
9Brighton22886632
10Blackpool22886-132
11Blackburn22877231
12Watford22787629
13Wigan21858129
14Huddersfield22778128
15Bournemouth228410-1028
16Middlesbrough22688226
17Bolton22688-326
18Birmingham22679025
19Charlton225710-822
20Millwall225611-2121
21Doncaster225512-2220
22Sheff Wed21399-918
23Yeovil224513-1417
24Barnsley223712-2016
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