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Derby Derby County vs Birmingham City Birm'ham

Derby 3

C Sammon (32, 80)
N Tyson (84)

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Birm'ham 2

M King (pen 73)
P Lovenkrands (82)

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Connor Sammon scores twice as Derby win 3-2 at home to Birmingham in the Championship

Last Updated: 24/11/12 9:46pm

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Nathan Tyson: Earned victory for Derby

Nathan Tyson: Earned victory for Derby

Nathan Tyson bagged the winner as Derby bounced back from successive defeats with a 3-2 home win over Birmingham.

Substitute Tyson put the Rams ahead for a third time after Conor Sammon's two goals were cancelled out by Marlon King's penalty and a Peter Lovenkrands header in a thrilling Championship encounter at Pride Park on Saturday evening.

Birmingham went into the game looking for a first win in three matches and it was they who threatened first when Serbian striker Nikola Zigic teed up Hayden Mullins - but the midfielder dragged his fifth minute drive wide.

Wade Elliott was the next to go close for Lee Clark's men when his left-footed effort rustled the side-netting of Adam Legzdins' goal.

Former Wigan man Sammon then put the Rams in front just after the half hour mark albeit in controversial circumstances. Michael Jacobs cut in from the left to fire a right-footed shot which Butland turned onto the left-hand upright only for the for the Irish striker, who was clearly stood in an offside position, to head his third goal of the season into the empty net.

Nigel Clough's men pushed on for a second and Theo Robinson saw an effort deflected behind before Craig Bryson fired over when well-placed inside the penalty area following John Brayford's cutback.

Home fans appealed for a penalty a minute before the break after winger Jacobs tussled with Jonathan Spector but referee Nigel Miller opted to book the 21-year-old wideman for diving.

King came close to restoring parity 11 minutes into the second period but, after breaking clear, he was narrowly beaten to the ball by keeper Legzdins which bounced off the Blues striker and behind for a goal-kick.

Robinson should have doubled Derby's lead in the 63rd minute, however he powered a left-footed effort over the bar after pulling off Blues defender Davies.

King then levelled proceedings from the penalty spot, sending Legzdins the wrong way following Richard Keogh's foul on Birmingham's West Ham loanee Robert Hall.

King almost put his side ahead five minutes later when his deflected shot came back off the Derby crossbar.

Sammon scuffed a left-footed shot across Butland and into the far corner to restore the lead 10 minutes from time, only for substitute Lovenkrands to flick Spector's right-wing cross past Legzdins two minutes later.

But the home side were not to be denied and Tyson, who replaced Robinson in the 72nd minute, poked in Jacobs' centre to extend Birmingham's winless run to three.

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2 Watford 39 72
3 Middlesbrough 39 72
4 Norwich City 39 70
5 Derby County 39 67
6 Ipswich Town 39 67
7 Brentford 39 66
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 39 65
9 Nottingham Forest 39 57
10 Blackburn Rovers 39 54
11 Charlton Athletic 39 54
12 Sheffield Wednesday 39 53
13 Leeds United 39 52
14 Cardiff City 39 51
15 Birmingham City 38 47
16 Brighton and Hove Albion 39 45
17 Bolton Wanderers 39 45
18 Huddersfield Town 39 44
19 Reading 38 44
20 Fulham 39 43
21 Rotherham United 39 40
22 Wigan Athletic 39 35
23 Millwall 39 33
24 Blackpool 39 23