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Pride Park Stadium (ATT 26,807) 26th December 2005 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: P Taylor

Derby Derby County vs Luton Town Luton

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Luton 1

Brkovic rescues point for Luton

By Graeme Bailey.   Last Updated: 26/12/05 7:30pm

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Two late goals saw Derby County and Luton Town share a 1-1 draw at Pride Park.

Inigo Idiakez had fired The Rams ahead after 72 minutes, but, just moments later, the visitors were level as Ahmet Brkovic scored.

Derby had started the game brightly and loan star Danny Graham was in the thick of it on his first start for the club.

He combined well with Tommy Smith before being snuffed out and then Idiakez sent him clear, but Marlon Beresford saved at the feet of the Middlesbrough man.

Luton also threatened and Rowan Vine went close after good work down the right from Carlos Edwards.

Another Boro loanee Andrew Davies headed over for Derby when well placed on the hour mark as Idiakez again did the creating.

The Hatters almost silenced Derby's biggest home crowd of the season - 26, 807 - but Markus Heikkinen headed inches over the bar.

It was not long before the deadlock was broken as Spanish star Idiakez fired Derby ahead with a trademark free kick from 20 yards out.

Phil Brown's side could not hang on though, as Luton managed to level. Dean Morgan did the hard work down the left and he crossed into the area and Brkovic was on hand to force the ball home.

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Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Derby County 14 26
2 Watford 14 26
3 Wolverhampton Wanderers 14 26
4 Bournemouth 14 24
5 Middlesbrough 14 24
6 Norwich City 14 23
7 Nottingham Forest 14 22
8 Blackburn Rovers 14 22
9 Charlton Athletic 14 22
10 Ipswich Town 14 21
11 Cardiff City 14 19
12 Sheffield Wednesday 14 19
13 Brentford 14 19
14 Reading 14 18
15 Millwall 14 17
16 Rotherham United 14 17
17 Huddersfield Town 14 17
18 Leeds United 14 16
19 Wigan Athletic 14 15
20 Fulham 14 14
21 Brighton and Hove Albion 14 13
22 Bolton Wanderers 14 11
23 Birmingham City 14 11
24 Blackpool 14 6

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