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Britannia Stadium (ATT 13,205) 22nd November 2005 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: M Jones

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Nyatanga seals Rams fightback

By Andy Clarke.   Last Updated: 22/11/05 5:16pm

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Youngster Lewin Nyatanga completed Derby's fine comeback as they beat Stoke 2-1 at The Britannia Stadium.

The 17-year-old scored his first senior goal after Tommy Smith had cancelled out Sam Bangoura's opener for City, to bring an end to Derby's six-match run without a win.

The Rams' last victory came against Stoke at Pride Park in October - also by a 2-1 scoreline - and this their fourth win of the season steered them away from immediate danger.

They had the brighter moments in a scrappy opening, as Inigo Idiakez twice tested Steve Simonsen from distance, before Stoke began to respond, as Mamady Sidibe headed straight at Lee Camp.

Bangoura, who scored the opener in The Potters' last two matches, was on target first once again when a throw-in from John Halls was flicked on by Sidibe and the Guinea international hammered his fifth goal in six starts.

Paul Gallagher had two free kicks pushed away by Camp as Stoke looked for a second before the interval, and they continued to dominate after the break with Gallagher missing two further chances.

But Derby got themselves back in the game on 64 minutes when Dexter Blackstock found Smith, who beat Simonsen with a low shot, before Nyatanga headed in an Idiakez free kick six minutes later.

Bangoura missed Stoke's only chance to salvage a point when he was denied by Camp seven minutes from time.

Stoke manager Johan Boskamp missed the match through illness, but he did meet chairman Gunnar Gislason earlier in the day for talks about his working relationship with assistant manager Jan de Koning and director of football John Rudge.



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Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bournemouth 46 90
2 Watford 46 89
3 Norwich City 46 86
4 Middlesbrough 46 85
5 Brentford 46 78
6 Ipswich Town 46 78
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 46 78
8 Derby County 46 77
9 Blackburn Rovers 46 67
10 Birmingham City 46 63
11 Cardiff City 46 62
12 Charlton Athletic 46 60
13 Sheffield Wednesday 46 60
14 Nottingham Forest 46 59
15 Leeds United 46 56
16 Huddersfield Town 46 55
17 Fulham 46 52
18 Bolton Wanderers 46 51
19 Reading 46 50
20 Brighton and Hove Albion 46 47
21 Rotherham United 46 46
22 Millwall 46 41
23 Wigan Athletic 46 39
24 Blackpool 46 26