Derby County 3-2 Birmingham: Crisis-hit Rams end torrid week with victory

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Jamie Paterson was on hand to fire in the winning goal for Derby against Birmingham


Derby County 3-2 Birmingham: Crisis-hit Rams end torrid week with victory as Martin Paterson strikes late winner

  • Birmingham suffered narrow loss to controversy-hit Derby in Championship
  • Two players dropped and one injured after alleged drink-driving incident in week
  • Both Birmingham and Derby fans taunted former captain Richard Keogh 
  • Chris Martin and Martyn Waghorn had put the hosts ahead early in second half
  • Gary Gardner and Ivan Sunjic leveled, only for Martin Paterson to strike winner
  • Birmingham fans taunted deposed Derby captain Richard Keogh as crisis-hit Rams appointed their third captain in 48 hours after a week of shame.

    Veteran defender Curtis Davies, 34, took the armband from Tom Huddlestone, 32, after the former Spurs midfielder filmed team-mate Mason Bennett being sick in a pub toilet.

    Keogh was stripped of the captaincy after the car crash which saw team-mates Tom Lawrence and Mason Bennett charged with drink driving after their arrest in Allestree, Derbyshire.

    Jamie Paterson was on hand to fire in the winning goal for Derby against Birmingham

    Chris Martin struck after just two minutes on his first start for the club since December 2017

    Chris Martin struck after just two minutes on his first start for the club since December 2017

    Ivan Sunjic, pictured after the game, had equalised for the visitors with a stunning strike

    Ivan Sunjic, pictured after the game, had equalised for the visitors with a stunning strike

    FACT BOX TITLE

    DERBY: Roos, Lowe, Davies, Bielik, Malone, Jozefzoon (Bogle 72), Holmes (Knight 90), Huddlestone, Paterson, Waghorn, Martin (Marriott 71). 

    GOALS: Martin 2, Waghorn 50, Paterson 74 

    SUBS NOT USED: Shinnie, Dowell, Hamer, Clarke.

    BIRMINGHAM: Camp, Colin, Dean, Roberts, Pedersen, Crowley, Gary Gardner (Bellingham 76), Sunjic, Maghoma (Villalba 76), Alvaro Gimenez, Jutkiewicz. 

    GOALS: Gardner 56, Sunjic 59 

    SUBS NOT USED: Harding, Stockdale, Clarke-Salter, Mrbati, Bailey.

    REFEREE: Simon Hooper

    Keogh suffered a season-ending knee injury in the accident while the other two were dropped for this game.

    The three had refused the club’s offer of a lift home and instead were involved in a car crash on the A6 following the drinking session at the Joiner’s Arms in the nearby village of Quarndon.

    Before and during the game, Birmingham fans sung ‘Richard Keogh, he should have walked home’ – and Derby supporters at first applauded them, then joined in.

    In a show of unity just before kick-off, Derby chairman Mel Morris and manager Phillip Cocu walked along the touchline and were applauded by the home support.

    Derby fans had more to cheer with their first win since the opening day of the season.

    Chris Martin put them ahead with just 86 seconds on the clock.

    Supporters made their feelings clear over the alleged drink-driving incident involving Derby

    Supporters made their feelings clear over the alleged drink-driving incident involving Derby

    Making his first start for the Rams in 658 days following loan spells with Fulham, Reading and Hull, the Scot swept home Duane Holmes’s cross from 12 yards.

    Martin then set up Martyn Waghorn to slide the ball under keeper Kelle Roos in the 51st minute after a slip by Marc Roberts.

    Blues turned the game on its head with two goals in four minutes.

    Gary Gardner headed home Dan Crowley’s corner on 56 before Ivan Sunjic thundered in the equaliser from 22 yards.

    Alvaro Gimenez is fouled by Krystian Bielik to win a penalty that could put the visitors ahead

    Alvaro Gimenez is fouled by Krystian Bielik to win a penalty that could put the visitors ahead

    However Lukas Jutkiewicz saw his spot-kick saved well by Rams stopper Kelle Roos

    However Lukas Jutkiewicz saw his spot-kick saved well by Rams stopper Kelle Roos

    Derby boss Phillip Cocu applauds fans after securing just a second league win of the season

    Derby boss Phillip Cocu applauds fans after securing just a second league win of the season

    Lukas Jutkiewicz’s missed the chance to put Blues in front when his 70th-minute penalty was saved by Roos after Krystian Bielik tripped Alvaro Gimenez.

    Jamie Paterson punished them on 75, sidefooting home after sub Jack Marriott’s pass split the City defence. 

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