Championship: Sub Stuart Dallas earns Brentford a 2-1 win over Derby
Last Updated: 04/11/14 3:13pm
Brentford came from behind in a storming second half to stun Championship leaders Derby in a thriller at Griffin Park.
Stuart Dallas curled home an injury-time winner to knock the Rams off the top after Andre Gray had levelled three minutes after the break.
Chris Martin had given the visitors the lead midway through the first half when he swept home Craig Forsyth's low left wing cross.
The win was no more than the Londoners deserved for a superb second half revival that knocked Steve McClaren's side off their stride.
Early on the visitors looked the more assured and threatened to overpower the Championship new boys.
Simon Dawkins went close after just four minutes, firing inches past the post after outmuscling Bees midfielder Jonathan Douglas.
Forsyth fired a low drive that eluded his fellow front men just wide as Derby fizzed the ball around.
It was no surprise when Martin broke the deadlock with a clever near post flick that crept just inside the far upright.
Brentford looked dangerous on the counter-attack, with the pace of makeshift right back Moses Odubajo causing the Rams defence all sorts of problems.
Bees lone striker Gray looked a desolate figure up front on his own as Jake Buxton and Richard Keogh bossed proceedings.
Arsenal loanee Jon Toral saw a header cleared off the line by Keogh as the game flowed from end to end.
The home side equalised just after the interval, Odubajo racing from half way to send a slick low cross across goal for Gray to fire first time into the top right corner.
Gray, a Conference player for Luton last term, thought he had given his side the lead but his header from an Alan Judge cross bounced to safety off the far post.
Neither side created any clear cut chances as the game ebbed towards a draw, but an 80th minute flashpoint gave the hosts the initiative to go on and win it.
Derby striker Martin appeared to lash out at Bees centre back Tony Craig off the ball and the referee's assistant flagged, only for the striker to escape with a yellow card - one of a flurry for both sides in the dying minutes.
But Craig and Brentford will feel they got justice in the 92nd minute when Odubajo raced down the right again and crossed for substitute Dallas to curl into the top left corner.