An 84th minute goal from Colin Kazim-Richards has earned Derby a 1-1 draw with local rivals Nottingham Forest in the Championship.
On-loan teenage Manchester United midfielder James Garner earlier scored his maiden league goal to give Chris Hughton’s side a first-half lead on Friday.
That goal looked set to give Forest victory, only for former Turkey striker Kazim-Richards to fire home near the end to earn the home side a share of the spoils in the East Midlands derby at Pride Park.
But while Derby boss Wayne Rooney will be grateful for his 34-year-old striker’s late leveller, the Rams have now failed to defeat Forest in eight meetings – their longest winless sequence in a derby clash that was first contested in 1882.
Both teams made a cagey start with 17 minutes elapsing before the game’s first goal attempt.
It was barely worth the wait either as Forest midfielder Luke Freeman’s scuffed effort from the edge of the box, following Anthony Knockaert’s free-kick, deflected well wide off teammate Glenn Murray.
Lee Buchanan’s 20-yard shot was equally as tame as Derby’s first chance of the night was routinely gathered by visiting keeper Brice Samba.
Forest, however, made the breakthrough after 34 minutes when Yuri Ribeiro hooked the ball into the Rams’ box and skipper Joe Worrall headed down for Garner to squeeze a 15-yard drive inside David Marshall’s left-hand upright.
Derby then punished the visitors when Kazim-Richards ran on to Lee Gregory’s forward ball and capitalised fully on a couple of favourable ricochets against Forest defenders, while ignoring handball appeals, before blasting a thumping half-volley from the edge of the box into Samba’s top-left corner.