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The City Ground (ATT 26,160) 26th February 2005 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: M Pike

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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 27 51
2 Derby County 27 51
3 Middlesbrough 27 50
4 Ipswich Town 27 50
5 Brentford 27 49
6 Watford 27 47
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 27 44
8 Norwich City 27 43
9 Sheffield Wednesday 27 38
10 Blackburn Rovers 27 36
11 Birmingham City 27 36
12 Nottingham Forest 27 34
13 Cardiff City 27 34
14 Fulham 27 34
15 Huddersfield Town 27 34
16 Bolton Wanderers 27 33
17 Charlton Athletic 27 32
18 Reading 27 31
19 Brighton and Hove Albion 27 29
20 Leeds United 27 29
21 Rotherham United 27 29
22 Millwall 27 24
23 Wigan Athletic 27 21
24 Blackpool 27 17

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