Derby 2-2 Southampton: The Rams fight back from 2-0 down to earn replay
Derby County staged a quickfire comeback against Southampton with two excellent goals from Jack Marriott and Tom Lawrence to force a FA Cup third round replay.
Nathan Redmond’s double, with goals at the start of each half, looked like they may be enough to see off the Rams but strikes from Jack Marriott and Tom Lawrence means the sides will meet at St Mary’s.
Southampton looked to establish control by pressing high up the pitch in the opening exchanges and they got their reward inside the first four minutes. Shane Long hooked on to Redmond and the winger’s low strike from the left of the box was deflected off Richard Keogh and into the bottom corner.
Derby County looked to respond and Duane Holmes beat Matt Targett with a moment of magic before winning a corner, but it resulted into nothing. Another attack produced nothing with Bryson slicing a shot well wide from 25 yards.
Southampton, at the other end, went mightily close to a doubling their lead when James Ward-Prowse’s low cross somehow evaded Jack Stephens at the back post and went out.
Duane Holmes was the most impressive player for Derby County in the first half and he linked up well with Marriott twice but was denied the equaliser.
Southampton started the second half as they started the first as Redmond doubled his and Saints’ tally for the afternoon on the 48th minute. He picked up possession on the left and cut inside before powering a smashing right-foot shot from 20 yards, which flew into the net, leaving Kelle Roos rooted to the spot.
Lampard introduced David Nugent in place of Max Bird in search of a goal back and the move worked wonders. The Rams pulled one back 10 minutes later; Tom Lawrence’s flick around the corner set up Marriott, who slammed a low volley past Gunn from 12 yards.
Three minutes later and Lawrence levelled when he found space on the left and moved on to his right foot before letting fly a stunning 20-yard drive which beat the hapless Gunn.
Derby, though, had a fantastic opportunity to claim victory with virtually the last kick of the game in the 95th minute when Nugent squared the ball to Marriott, who blazed his shot in the crowd due to pressure from Jannik Vestergaard.
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Delighted with the way Derby County came from two goals down to set up a replay against Southampton, here’s how the fans reacted.
— Chris Summers (@ramslad_chris) January 5, 2019
How slick is Duane Holmes? #DCFC
— Catfish Dilly (@Catfish_Dilly) January 5, 2019
Quite impressed by Duane Holmes so far but this is a bit of a struggle.. #dcfcfans
— Jonathan Rodgers (@popsider) January 5, 2019
Duane Holmes is unplayable today! Got to start against Leeds #dcfc
— Ben (@BenDorrington95) January 5, 2019
Duane Holmes. Great find and great value for money.
Proving size isn’t everything. Very strong first half from him! 🐏👍
— 🐑🖤Julie King 🖤🐑 (@juliek1712) January 5, 2019
Duane Holmes is next level out wide 👀🐏
— Stefan Broo🐑e (@StefanBroome) January 5, 2019
Well done, boys! Against prem opposition to! Great comeback!
— Smiffy. (@Smithyyy95) January 5, 2019
How good was @DuaneHolmes btw?
— . (@TB94_) January 5, 2019
Oh yeah very poor first half but that was from everybody maybe apart from holmes who always looked a threat and Tomori who seemed solid
— Dan_7and7 (@DTiochta) January 5, 2019
Marriott you missed a huge sitter there my word could of won the game and sealed us into the 4th round but never less we earned a replay at St Mary’s and we go again. We play when we want, we play when we want, we Derby County we play when we want.
— Harry Papodopulous (@papodopulous) January 5, 2019
Really enjoyed watching Duane Holmes performance today, worth the ticket price alone.
Great to see a player have the confidence to run at players and or draw a pass forward.
Let’s see a run in the league for him, MOTM and we’ll deserved.
— Rob Cooper (@RobCooperDerby) January 5, 2019