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Memorable Match: Derby County 2-2 Norwich City

9 April 2021

Norwich City travel to Pride Park for Saturday's game in the Sky Bet Championship, so we've taken a look back at this fixture in 2014.

Steven Whittaker's late equaliser secured a point for the Canaries on the way to promotion to the Premier League.

Derby County 2-2 Norwich City
December 20, 2014
Pride Park

What was on the line?

Norwich were just outside the play-offs following a mostly positive start to the 2014-15 campaign. The beginning of August to the end of September had seen Neil Adams' City win six games out of ten.

But City then won just once across October and November, before recovering at the start of December with wins against Wigan Athletic and Huddersfield Town ahead of this fixture.

Derby were looking good, having climbed from 13th after three matches to the top of the league in October. Prior to this game, however, they had just fallen to third following defeat at Middlesbrough.

How the game unfolded

Norwich stalwart Alexander Tettey thought he'd given the Canaries the lead in the first half, only for Cameron Jerome, who dummied the ball for the Norwegian, to be flagged offside.

But Derby broke the deadlock on the brink of half-time, Johnny Russell taking the lead for Steve McLaren's side.

Whatever Adams said at half-time, it worked, Cameron Jerome equalising just six minutes into the second half with a tap-in from Jonny Howson's cross.

That was until the 55th minute, when Carlos Cuellar conceded a penalty for former Canary Chris Martin to bury to put Derby 2-1 ahead.

Norwich left it late to equalise, Russell Martin heading on a Nathan Redmond corner for Whittaker to pounce.

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City XI: Ruddy, Cuellar, Martin, Olsson, Tettey (Redmond 62'), Whittaker, Howson, Johnson, O'Neil (Grabban 72'), Hooper (Hoolahan 70'), Jerome
Unused substitutes: Rudd, Bennett, Turner, Lafferty

What happened next?

Norwich remained seventh before appointing Alex Neil, climbing to third and winning promotion to the Premier League with play-off final victory against Middlesbrough.

Derby fell away, largely due to a poor run of form in March, to finish the season in eighth place.

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