Marriott finishes off fine Rams’ comeback
DERBY COUNTY boosted their promotion credentials under manager Frank Lampard after coming from behind to beat Birmingham City 3-1 at Pride Park.
Lukas Jutkiewicz gave Garry Monk’s team an early lead, with the hosts showing signs of still suffering from their midweek Carabao Cup exertions at Chelsea,
But, shortly after the break, the Rams seemed rejuvenated, with Mason Bennett’s equaliser being quickly followed Harry Wilson’s deflected free-kick to put them 2-1 ahead.
Jack Marriott then took advantage of a neat Craig Forsyth through-ball to round off the scoring by firing through the legs of former Derby goalkeeper Lee Camp from a tight angle.
West Brom lost ground with a shock 1-0 defeat at Hull, Fraizer Campbell with a deserved winner shortly before half-time after Jackson Irvine’s header rebounded off the bar.
Bottom club Ipswich Town were held by Preston North End after a dramatic cameo by substitute Paul Gallagher.
Freddie Sears’s penalty just before the interval put Ipswich ahead but Gallagher equalised with a free-kick just two minutes after coming on.
North End immediately lost goalkeeper Chris Maxwell to a red card, though, forcing Gallagher to take the gloves for the remaining quarter-hour plus eight added minutes as Preston had made all three of their substitutions.
Reading earned an overdue win by beating Bristol City 3-2.
Yakou Meite’s opener was cancelled out by Marlon Pack and though Liam Kelly’s long-range strike restored Reading’s lead, Josh Brownhill headed City level.
Leandro Bacuna grabbed a second-half winner after linking up well with Garath McCleary on the right wing.
Bradley Dack’s late penalty earned Blackburn a 1-0 win over QPR while Brentford beat Millwall 2-0.