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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 Watford 44 85
2 Bournemouth 44 84
3 Middlesbrough 44 84
4 Norwich City 44 82
5 Derby County 44 76
6 Ipswich Town 44 75
7 Brentford 44 72
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 44 72
9 Blackburn Rovers 44 63
10 Charlton Athletic 44 60
11 Nottingham Forest 44 59
12 Sheffield Wednesday 44 59
13 Cardiff City 44 56
14 Birmingham City 43 54
15 Huddersfield Town 44 53
16 Leeds United 44 52
17 Bolton Wanderers 44 51
18 Fulham 44 49
19 Reading 42 47
20 Brighton and Hove Albion 44 46
21 Rotherham United 43 44
22 Millwall 44 40
23 Wigan Athletic 44 39
24 Blackpool 44 25

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