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Derby 2

Derby deny Forest win

By Tom Adams.   Last Updated: 26/02/05 6:25pm

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The East Midlands derby turned out to be an exciting affair, and the honours were shared as Derby earned a 2-2 draw at Nottingham Forest.

Grzegorz Raziak claimed a brace for the visitors, although a Paul Evans penalty and a Gareth Taylor header guaranteed that Gary Megson's side bagged a share of the spoils.

The Rams took an early advantage after 10 minutes, as Polish striker Raziak netted from a corner.

It was his stinging strike that had earned the set-piece, and after Morten Bisgaard's cross he took the opportunity to head home.

Kris Commons was a bright spark for Forest, as Derby keeper Lee Camp first saved his 35-yarder well, and then saw his free kick whistle just over.

It was Commons who won the all-important penalty, as he was brought down in the box by Mo Konjic.

Evans was left to convert on 35 minutes, as Camp dived the wrong side of his spot kick.

The young Derby keeper was proving hard to beat as he denied new signing Scott Dobie, although was beaten again in the second period.

Commons floated in a corner, and striker Taylor converted a brave diving header after David Friio's flick-on.

Forest were on course for a vital win, although Raziak ensured that their hopes of climbing out of the relegation zone remained distant.

The Derby man earned George Burley a point as he headed in after a Chris Makin cross, and ensured that the East Midlands bragging rights were denied to either team.

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Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bournemouth 22 42
2 Ipswich Town 22 41
3 Brentford 22 40
4 Middlesbrough 22 39
5 Derby County 22 39
6 Watford 22 38
7 Norwich City 22 34
8 Blackburn Rovers 22 34
9 Nottingham Forest 22 31
10 Wolverhampton Wanderers 22 31
11 Cardiff City 22 30
12 Charlton Athletic 22 30
13 Fulham 22 28
14 Sheffield Wednesday 22 28
15 Birmingham City 22 28
16 Bolton Wanderers 22 26
17 Reading 22 25
18 Leeds United 22 24
19 Rotherham United 22 24
20 Huddersfield Town 22 24
21 Millwall 22 23
22 Brighton and Hove Albion 22 19
23 Wigan Athletic 22 17
24 Blackpool 22 13

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