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banner Tuesday, 26 September, 2000, 18:20 GMT 19:20 UK
West Brom 2-4 Derby (Agg: 4-5)
Craig Burley
Burley on scoresheet in thriller
Derby County's rollercoaster season continued as they overturned a first-leg deficit to win a Worthington Cup thriller at The Hawthorns.

Big Norwegian defender Bjorn Otto Bragstad scored twice as Jim Smith's Rams twice recovered from blowing a first-half lead and then saw Mart Poom save a potentially crucial penalty before they racked up their first win of the season.

Derby have now scored 18 goals in nine matches, and their goals came from the unlikeliest of sources.

Bragstad's two goals were his first ever for the club since his summer transfer from Rosenborg - and his fellow defender Chris Riggott capped his dream debut by heading home the Rams' second on the half-hour.

Albion refused to give up and had every reason to remain confident with Derby's defence constantly threatening to leak goals - and with memories of last Tuesday's 2-1 Pride Park victory still fresh in their minds.

They raged at referee Neal Barry when Riggott twice appeared to give away penalties at the end of the first period.

But around the 75-minute mark Albion finally sensed their cup dream was slipping away.

First Lee Hughes, pulled down in the box by Bragstad, stepped up to take a spot-kick which would have put them ahead on aggregate again - but Poom dived to his left and saved brilliantly.

Two minutes later at the other end Craig Burley's corner was knocked back by Riggott and Bragstad swooped to head home his second of the night.

Busy Bragstad had given the Rams - without the rested Giorgi Kinkladze and Stefano Eranio - the dream start they badly needed after just two minutes when he leapt highest to head home a Burley corner and give the Rams the lead after just two minutes.

But six minutes later Albion's Portuguese midfielder Jordao equalised with a carbon copy when he rose to knock home Ruel Fox's corner.

Riggott, 20 at the beginning of the month, put them back in front on the half-hour when the home defence were caught static again and he headed in Burley's left-wing free-kick.

Albion defender Neil Clement drove home another Fox corner to equalise again five minutes from time.

The Rams' early second-half pressure paid dividends when Burley levelled the aggregate score at 4-4, and then Hughes' penalty miss turned the tide and Bragstad's goal left them needing two to triumph.

Hughes was again denied by Poom from close range, but by then the plucky home side were clearly fighting a fruitless battle.

West Brom: Jensen, Lyttle, Clement, McInnes, Butler, Fox, Hughes, Roberts, Van Blerk, Jordao, J. Chambers. Subs: Adamson, Sneekes, Taylor, Burgess, Oliver.

Derby: Poom, Bragstad, Schnoor, Powell, Higginbotham, Burley, Johnson, Valakari, Burton, Christie, Riggott. Subs: L. Grant, Carbonari, Sturridge, Morris, Jackson.

Referee: N Barry (Scunthorpe).

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