Derby fight­back halts Birm­ing­ham’s good run Grab­ban helps For­est knock Blades off top High-fly­ing Ca­naries out­class Wed­nes­day

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Sport - - SOCCER -

DERBY staged a stir­ring sec­ond-half come­back to win 3-1 at Pride Park and end Birm­ing­ham’s un­beaten record. Birm­ing­ham had not lost since Au­gust 22 and led through Lukas Jutkiewicz’s strike but they were blown away af­ter the break.

Ma­son Ben­nett scored his first league goal for Derby in over five years, Harry Wil­son fired in a free-kick LEWIS GRAB­BAN scored his 10th goal in 11 league ap­pear­ances to help Not­ting­ham For­est knock Sh­effield United off the top of the Cham­pi­onship ta­ble with a 1-0 win at the City Ground.

The striker’s flicked header in the 69th minute was enough to de­cide a closely con­tested af­fair be­tween two sides with pro­mo­tion as­pi­ra­tions.

Ai­tor Karanka’s side had to hang on in in­jury time as the Blades piled on the pres­sure, but Chris Wilder’s team could not break the Reds’ re­solve NOR­WICH con­tin­ued their win­ning run as a sec­ond-half flurry of goals in­flicted a 4-0 de­feat upon Sh­effield Wed­nes­day. Teemu Pukki scored twice, while Emi Buen­dia and sub­sti­tute Den­nis Sr­beny also got in on the act, as Daniel Farke’s team claimed a fourth con­sec­u­tive tri­umph to go top in the Cham­pi­onship.

Wed­nes­day, by con­trast, have now lost four on the spin, with most home sup­port­ers left es­pe­cially de­spon­dent by this lat­est re­verse.

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