Sheffield United 1 Derby 1
By Paul Higham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Andy Gray put The Blades ahead with his fourth goal in six games, but Ian Taylor levelled just four minutes later from the penalty spot to earn a point for the visitors.
Neil Warnock's side had the better of the opening exchanges, and Gray put them ahead on 21 minutes when he was allowed to turn on the six yard box and plant a shot past Lee Grant.
Derby levelled four minutes later in controversial circumstances when referee Lee Mason pointed to the spot for a foul on on-loan Leon Osman, although Nick Montgomery looked to have made contact well outside the box.
Skipper Ian Taylor did not care, and kept his head from 12 yards out to draw George Burley's men level.
The Rams more than held their own for the rest of the match, with Spanish striker Manel having the best chance when clean through, but Paddy Kenny fended off his shot with his leg.
The well-earned point lifts The Rams out of the Division One relegation zone, although they may think they could have stolen all three points from a good away performance.
Bramall Lane boss Neil Warnock is sure to vent the bulk of his frustrations towards referee Mason for the penalty, and in truth, the man in the middle had a poor game - dishing out seven barely deserved yellow cards.
United's point keeps them in third place but they now have Sunderland breathing down their necks in fourth with games in hand.
Sheff Utd 1-1 Derby