Rams rescue point
By Tom Adams. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
Derby manager Phil Brown did little to placate the club's fans as The Rams failed to win for the eight game in succession with a 1-1 draw against Leicester.
Last season's play-off semi-finalists are just 16th in the league after seeing George Burley depart for Hearts, and suffered a blow before kick-off as impressive keeper Lee Camp was excluded from the squad after his father criticised the club's management in a radio phone-in.
The goalmouth action in the game came late as Leicester took the lead through Iain Hume on 86 minutes, although Brown was rescued by on-loan Tottenham striker Mounir el Hamdaoui with a minute to go.
The Rams started well with Peter Whittingham seeing his shot blocked by Dion Dublin, although Craig Levein's side were also keen to make their presence felt and Danny Tiatto went close with a long range effort.
The Foxes handed a second half debut to Arsenal loan man Ryan Smith, whilst Derby's set-piece specialist Inigo Idiakez nearly scored with a free-kick that Paul Henderson did well to save.
Stern John failed to take advantage of a good opening for the home side as Hume and Mark De Vries threatened for the visitors at the other end.
However, the Canadian hit-man did make the required impact four minutes from time as he picked up Patrik Gerrbrand's pass and found the back of the net, although the drama was not finished as el Hamdaoui came off the bench to steal a point with the clock ticking down.
Sat 1st Oct
Sheff Wed3 - 2Coventry
Derby1 - 1Leicester
Plymouth2 - 1Stoke City
Brighton1 - 3Norwich
Preston1 - 1Southampton
Ipswich2 - 1Crewe
Cardiff1 - 2Luton Town
Watford0 - 0Leeds
Reading2 - 1Sheff Utd
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