Nyatanga seals Rams fightback
By Andy Clarke. Last Updated: 22/11/05 5:16pm
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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Luton Town4 - 1Crewe
Stoke City1 - 2Derby
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Leicester2 - 2Watford
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Leeds2 - 0Burnley
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