Derby 2-2 Leicester: Wes Morgan heads late equaliser to earn Foxes replay
By Pete Hall
Last Updated: 27/01/17 11:28pm
Wes Morgan rescued Leicester as his late header earned the Foxes a 2-2 draw in their FA Cup fourth round clash against East Midlands rivals Derby at the iPro Stadium.
Darren Bent bizarrely opened the scoring at the wrong end just eight minutes in, slicing into his own net when trying to clear, but he didn't have to wait too much longer for retribution, as he glanced in an equaliser in the 21st minute.
Criag Bryson then scored a superb solo to completely turn the match on its head five minutes before the interval.
Derby looked like they were going to hold on, but captain Morgan's leveller four minutes from time means a replay will decide who progresses to the fifth round.
After two consecutive 3-0 losses in the Premier League, Foxes boss Claudio Ranieri made three changes to his starting line-up, and it wasn't long before the Italian's side were in front in the most fortunate of circumstances.
Robert Huth's header from a Marc Albrighton corner was heading wide, the ball ricocheted towards goal off Chris Baird, but Bent, as he tried to clear, somehow sliced it into the bottom corner, leaving his team-mates dumbfounded.
Down the other end, the former Tottenham hitman could have equalised almost straight away, but failed to connect with a low cross from close range.
Derby continued to react well, and after a succession of corners, Bent had headed the Rams level. Kasper Schmeichel could only punch Tom Ince's cross as far as Hughes, who clipped a pinpoint centre into the middle, Bent got the faintest of touches to it, which skidded off the surface and into the net.
Leicester were very much on the back foot from then on, and couldn't handle the pace and attacking potency of Derby, and the pressure told as Derby took the lead.
It was all Bryson's own work as he darted into the box, threw a dummy before firing into the bottom corner, leaving Schmeichel with no chance.
After the break, Leicester laid siege to the Derby goal straight from the whistle, with the Rams fortunate not to concede as Scott Carson blocked Demarai Gray's effort while on the floor.
Gray then went even closer as his side-footed effort hit the post, and again Carson made a save while already grounded, this time denying Shinji Okazaki.
As the half wore on, Derby looked more comfortable, and other than a poor header from Jamie Vardy, straight at Carson, the Premier League champions rarely troubled the Championship high flyers.
However, Morgan beat Richard Keogh to a header from Gray's corner at the death to earn Leicester a replay they didn't look like they were going to get for long periods of this thrilling derby.