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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 39 73
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

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