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Derby County 2-2 Luton Town: Elijah Adebayo header earns Hatters draw

Fred Onyedinma scores for Luton
Fred Onyedinma scored on his first Luton appearance since late August

Luton Town twice came from behind to draw at bottom side Derby County as both sides extended their unbeaten Championship runs to four matches.

Wayne Rooney's Rams deservedly went in ahead at the break through Tom Lawrence, who drilled into the bottom corner after Jason Knight had pinched the ball off Luton defender Sonny Bradley.

The Hatters levelled when Harry Cornick's long throw was flicked on for Fred Onyedinma to bundle home but Lawrence then turned provider for Knight to powerfully strike through Simon Sluga and put Derby 2-1 up.

However home keeper Ryan Allsop flapped at a lofted cross from Luton's James Bree, allowing Elijah Adebayo to nod in a second equaliser, with the visitors almost nicking all three points late on when Onyedinma chipped against the bar.

Derby's third draw on the bounce leaves them five points from safety before Wednesday's games, with Luton up a place to ninth.

Hatters boss Nathan Jones was clearly not happy with what he saw in the first half an hour at Pride Park, making a double substitution - including the introduction of Onyedinma, who vindicated that decision with his second-half display.

At 1-1 Knight was put through by Ravel Morrison at an angle for Derby, but Luton goalkeeper Sluga came darting out to close the angle and force his opponent to lift the ball over.

The away side gave as good as they got in the second half, Adebayo's shot kept out by a terrific last-ditch block from veteran Derby defender Phil Jagielka.

Croatia keeper Sluga arguably should have done better with Derby's second, which was straight at him, but his opposite number made a more glaring error for Luton's second and was fortunate not to concede a third when Onyedinma's dink bounced out off the woodwork.

The draw does mean Derby are unbeaten in their first seven league games at home for the first time since the 1997-98 campaign, when they were in the Premier League.

Derby manager Wayne Rooney:

"It was a tough one to take. I felt we did enough to win the game, scored two good goals and then we conceded two very sloppy goals which we haven't been doing.

"We know long throw-ins are difficult to deal with but we've dealt really well with them of late so that was disappointing to concede from that.

"We had a great reaction with a very good goal from Jason Knight but then obviously it's a clear mistake from Ryan Allsop which has cost us three points.

"We are competing in every game and we know we are a hard team to play against but I'm frustrated tonight with one point."

Luton boss Nathan Jones:

"The performance levels were nowhere near and we looked energy-less for lots of the first half.

"We shot ourselves in the foot, we made changes and we started the second half like a house on fire, got the goal but then a bit of a sucker punch again.

"We had to show a load of character and I'm really pleased after two away games and four points against two really difficult sides.

"Considering we were way off our levels, we've come away from a difficult place with a point which shows we have something about us."

Line-ups

Derby

Formation 4-3-3

  • 31Allsop
  • 2Byrne
  • 6Jagielka
  • 33Davies
  • 26Buchanan
  • 11MorrisonSubstituted forKazim-Richardsat 74'minutes
  • 8Bird
  • 4Shinnie
  • 38KnightSubstituted forEboseleat 88'minutes
  • 10LawrenceBooked at 90mins
  • 7JózwiakSubstituted forWilliamsat 81'minutes

Substitutes

  • 13Kazim-Richards
  • 16Stearman
  • 17Sibley
  • 21Roos
  • 35Watson
  • 36Ebosele
  • 43Williams

Luton

Formation 3-4-1-2

  • 12Sluga
  • 15Lockyer
  • 5Bradley
  • 4NaismithBooked at 14minsSubstituted forOnyedinmaat 31'minutes
  • 2Bree
  • 17MpanzuBooked at 90mins
  • 6ReaSubstituted forLansburyat 65'minutes
  • 29Bell
  • 18ClarkSubstituted forMuskweat 31'minutes
  • 7Cornick
  • 11Adebayo

Substitutes

  • 1Shea
  • 8Berry
  • 16Burke
  • 23Lansbury
  • 24Onyedinma
  • 26Muskwe
  • 35Jerome
Referee:
Geoff Eltringham
Attendance:
20,258

Match Stats

Home TeamDerbyAway TeamLuton
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home9
Away10
Shots on Target
Home3
Away3
Corners
Home5
Away5
Fouls
Home12
Away14

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Derby County 2, Luton Town 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Derby County 2, Luton Town 2.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Colin Kazim-Richards (Derby County).

  4. Post update

    Sonny Bradley (Luton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Dylan Williams (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Harry Cornick (Luton Town).

  7. Booking

    Tom Lawrence (Derby County) is shown the yellow card.

  8. Booking

    Pelly-Ruddock Mpanzu (Luton Town) is shown the yellow card.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Lee Buchanan (Derby County).

  10. Post update

    Sonny Bradley (Luton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Pelly-Ruddock Mpanzu.

  12. Post update

    Harry Cornick (Luton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Graeme Shinnie (Derby County).

  14. Post update

    Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Fred Onyedinma.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Derby County. Festy Ebosele replaces Jason Knight.

  16. Post update

    Fred Onyedinma (Luton Town) hits the bar with a right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the right. Assisted by Elijah Adebayo with a headed pass.

  17. Post update

    Sonny Bradley (Luton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Colin Kazim-Richards (Derby County).

  19. Goal!

    Goal! Derby County 2, Luton Town 2. Elijah Adebayo (Luton Town) header from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by James Bree with a cross.

  20. Post update

    Fred Onyedinma (Luton Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

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