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Derby County 4-4 Ipswich Town

Steve McClaren watches his new Derby side from the stands

A superb second-half fight-back saw Derby County, under the watchful eye of new manager Steve McClaren, earn a draw with Ipswich.

McClaren was in the stand as headers from Christophe Berra and Daryl Murphy gave the visitors an early 2-0 lead.

Zak Whitbread pulled a goal back but Aaron Cresswell added third and Murphy made it 4-1 before half time.

Jamie Ward gave Derby hope after a goal from Craig Bryson, who completed the comeback with two minutes to go.

Mick McCarthy's side pulled the Rams apart with ease during the first half - and McClaren, who officially takes charge on Wednesday, unsurprisingly went into the home dressing room to tell the side what he thought.

This came after new first-team coach Paul Simpson spent the last 15 minutes of the first half in the dug-out, alongside caretaker-manager Darren Wassall, an appearance which coincided with an improvement from the home side.

Whatever the former England manager said at the break certainly worked, while a double change which saw John Eustace and Mason Bennett replace Conor Sammon and Ben Davies proved pivotal.

The Rams, who sacked Nigel Clough following Saturday's 1-0 defeat to neighbours Nottingham Forest, controlled the game and the point was, in the end, deserved.

The result leaves Derby 14th in the Championship table with 12 points from their first 10 matches but they are without a win in their last five, while Ipswich slip to 10th and are still without an away victory.

Ipswich boss Mick McCarthy: "We are very disappointed not to win the game, of course we are.

"We played really well in the first-half and could have scored more than four but their goal 90 seconds into the second-half changed the course of the game."

Line-ups

Derby

  • 1Grant
  • 2A Smith
  • 3Forsyth
  • 4Bryson
  • 25Buxton
  • 27Whitbread
  • 16DaviesSubstituted forBennettat 45'minutes
  • 19Hughes
  • 18SammonSubstituted forEustaceat 45'minutesBooked at 66mins
  • 9Martin
  • 10WardSubstituted forRussellat 90+1'minutes

Substitutes

  • 11Russell
  • 12Jacobs
  • 13Deeney
  • 14Eustace
  • 20Bennett
  • 28Hanson
  • 29Lowe

Ipswich

  • 22Gerken
  • 4Chambers
  • 3CresswellBooked at 85mins
  • 8SkuseBooked at 80mins
  • 6BerraBooked at 77mins
  • 5Smith
  • 11AndersonSubstituted forEdwardsat 71'minutes
  • 19Hyam
  • 10McGoldrickBooked at 74minsSubstituted forNoubleat 82'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 9Murphy
  • 16TunnicliffeBooked at 68minsSubstituted forTabbat 72'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Loach
  • 2Hewitt
  • 7Edwards
  • 14Wordsworth
  • 15Mings
  • 18Tabb
  • 35Nouble
Referee:
Trevor Kettle
Attendance:
21,037

Match Stats

Home TeamDerbyAway TeamIpswich
Possession
Home63%
Away37%
Shots
Home14
Away14
Shots on Target
Home6
Away5
Corners
Home8
Away6
Fouls
Home14
Away15

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Derby County 4, Ipswich Town 4.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Derby County 4, Ipswich Town 4.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Carlos Edwards (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

  4. Booking

    Frank Nouble (Ipswich Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  5. Post update

    Lee Grant (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Frank Nouble (Ipswich Town).

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Derby County. Johnny Russell replaces Jamie Ward.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Adam Smith.

  9. Goal!

    Goal! Derby County 4, Ipswich Town 4. Craig Bryson (Derby County) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Zak Whitbread.

  10. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Zak Whitbread (Derby County) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jamie Ward with a cross.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Christophe Berra.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Craig Forsyth.

  13. Booking

    Aaron Cresswell (Ipswich Town) is shown the yellow card.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Will Hughes (Derby County).

  15. Post update

    Jay Tabb (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  16. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jamie Ward (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Adam Smith.

  17. Post update

    John Eustace (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Frank Nouble (Ipswich Town).

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Ipswich Town. Frank Nouble replaces David McGoldrick.

  20. Booking

    Cole Skuse (Ipswich Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.