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Derby County 3-4 Cardiff City

Kadeem Harris (left) celebrates his equaliser with fellow Cardiff goalscorer Craig Noone
Kadeem Harris (left) celebrates his equaliser with fellow Cardiff goalscorer Craig Noone

Cardiff City fought back from 2-0 down to claim a stunning win at Derby County, damaging the Rams' Championship play-off hopes.

The hosts were 2-0 up after just 17 minutes thanks to goals from Julien de Sart and Darren Bent.

Kadeem Harris scored either side of half-time to bring the visitors level, and Craig Noone put them ahead with a fine curling effort.

Bent's header made it 3-3 but Ralls' injury-time penalty won it for Cardiff.

Victory lifts Neil Warnock's side up to 12th in the Championship table, just one place and five points behind Derby, who fall to 11th and are now eight points adrift of the top six.

Steve McClaren's men had recovered from 3-0 down to draw 3-3 at home to Bristol City on Saturday, but on this occasion it was the Rams who were on the receiving end of a dramatic turnaround.

Julien de Sart
Julien de Sart, who is on loan from Middlesbrough, celebrates scoring Derby's opener

Derby looked in total control when De Sart struck on the rebound and Bent converted from Tom Ince's pass to put the home side 2-0 up.

But four minutes before the interval, Harris gave Cardiff hope when his deflected strike looped over Scott Carson in the home goal.

Harris then scored less than two minutes after the restart as he pounced on a loose ball in the penalty area.

Cardiff led for the first time when Noone skilfully found the top corner from the edge of the box, but Bent appeared to have salvaged a point for Derby when he rose higher than Sean Morrison to head in.

However, there was a final twist in added time as Bluebirds substitute Rhys Healey was tripped by Alex Pearce, allowing Ralls to calmly stroke his penalty into the bottom corner.

Derby County manager Steve McClaren:

"You score three goals at home and you expect to win but we haven't done that in the last two games. Why? Because we conceded seven goals.

"We've gone from a team who were hard to beat and defended very, very well to conceding seven in two games and you don't collect points doing that.

"This is the first defeat at home since September so let's not panic and over-react and say the wheels have come off, but we have to work hard on the training field."

Cardiff City boss Neil Warnock:

"That's what you call old-fashioned football, end-to-end stuff and that's why I love the game. It was great to be involved in one like that, especially coming out on the right side.

"It gives me a lot of pride when I see us come to a place like this and stand up and be counted, and that's why I love the Championship more than any other league because you get genuine lads in this level.

"The goal before half-time helped us enormously. We talked about not thinking about drawing the game but trying to win it. I think we can go anywhere and give people a good game now. The biggest problem we've got is ourselves."

Line-ups

Derby

  • 1Carson
  • 12BairdSubstituted forRussellat 66'minutes
  • 6Keogh
  • 16Pearce
  • 29Olsson
  • 19HughesSubstituted forNugentat 66'minutes
  • 17de Sart
  • 18ButterfieldSubstituted forBlackmanat 90+2'minutes
  • 10Ince
  • 11Bent
  • 8Anya

Substitutes

  • 2Christie
  • 5Shackell
  • 7Russell
  • 15Johnson
  • 22Blackman
  • 28Nugent
  • 35Mitchell

Cardiff

  • 1McGregor
  • 16Connolly
  • 4Morrison
  • 14Bamba
  • 6Richards
  • 15HalfordSubstituted forHealeyat 80'minutes
  • 11NooneSubstituted forHoilettat 85'minutes
  • 17Gunnarsson
  • 8Ralls
  • 24K HarrisSubstituted forJohnat 89'minutes
  • 26Zohore

Substitutes

  • 3Bennett
  • 7Whittingham
  • 12John
  • 28Murphy
  • 31M Harris
  • 33Hoilett
  • 37Healey
Referee:
Steve Martin
Attendance:
26,541

Match Stats

Home TeamDerbyAway TeamCardiff
Possession
Home68%
Away32%
Shots
Home18
Away15
Shots on Target
Home5
Away8
Corners
Home9
Away5
Fouls
Home5
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Derby County 3, Cardiff City 4.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Derby County 3, Cardiff City 4.

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Alex Pearce.

Darren Bent (Derby County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Sean Morrison (Cardiff City).

Darren Bent (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jazz Richards (Cardiff City).

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. Nick Blackman replaces Jacob Butterfield.

Goal!

Goal! Derby County 3, Cardiff City 4. Joe Ralls (Cardiff City) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Penalty conceded by Alex Pearce (Derby County) after a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty Cardiff City. Rhys Healey draws a foul in the penalty area.

Substitution

Substitution, Cardiff City. Declan John replaces Kadeem Harris.

Attempt blocked. David Nugent (Derby County) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Richard Keogh with a headed pass.

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Matthew Connolly.

David Nugent (Derby County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Aron Gunnarsson (Cardiff City).

Substitution

Substitution, Cardiff City. Junior Hoilett replaces Craig Noone.

Attempt blocked. Julien de Sart (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Johnny Russell (Derby County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Matthew Connolly (Cardiff City).

Alex Pearce (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Sean Morrison (Cardiff City).

Foul by Tom Ince (Derby County).

Aron Gunnarsson (Cardiff City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Cardiff City. Rhys Healey replaces Greg Halford.

Delay in match Jazz Richards (Cardiff City) because of an injury.

Goal!

Goal! Derby County 3, Cardiff City 3. Darren Bent (Derby County) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Markus Olsson with a cross.

Attempt blocked. Julien de Sart (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jacob Butterfield.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Greg Halford (Cardiff City) because of an injury.

Jacob Butterfield (Derby County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Greg Halford (Cardiff City).

Attempt missed. Johnny Russell (Derby County) header from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jacob Butterfield with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Craig Noone.

Attempt missed. Sean Morrison (Cardiff City) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Aron Gunnarsson.

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

Foul by Joe Ralls (Cardiff City).

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. David Nugent replaces Will Hughes.

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. Johnny Russell replaces Chris Baird.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Newcastle3121373566
2Brighton3119842665
3Huddersfield311948761
4Reading321868660
5Leeds32183111157
6Sheff Wed3116781055
7Norwich32156111251
8Fulham31131081549
9Barnsley3214711649
10Preston3213910448
11Derby3113810747
12Cardiff3212614-742
13Ipswich32101012-740
14Birmingham32101012-1140
15Brentford3110714-137
16Aston Villa3181211-636
17Nottm Forest3210616-1136
18Wolves319814-435
19QPR319715-1434
20Bristol City319517-432
21Burton318716-1431
22Wigan317816-929
23Blackburn317816-1329
24Rotherham324523-3817
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