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Lampard’s Derby County comes back to reach promotion playoff final

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With two red cards and six goals in one thriller, Derby County and Leeds United gave us a beauty in the second leg of their Football League Championship promotion playoffs semifinal second leg on Wednesday.

Frank Lampard‘s Derby emerged victorious with a 4-2 win in the leg, 4-3 on aggregate, as Leeds went crashing out of the playoffs.

It had to feel delightful times two for Lampard, who discovered Leeds was spying on his Rams before a match in January.

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Derby will meet Aston Villa at Wembley Stadium on May 27 in a match full of subplots, including Lampard matching wits with Aston Villa assistant and former Chelsea teammate John Terry.

Jack Marriott scored twice, with Chelsea loanee Mason Mount and Liverpool man Harry Wilson also scoring for the Rams.

Stuart Dallas scored a pair of goals for Leeds.

Gaetano Berardi was sent off with 12 minutes to play in the first 90 minutes, his side down 3-2 on the day.

Leeds entered the game with a 1-0 lead, and doubled its advantage through Dallas’ first goal of the match.

But Derby scored in the final minute of the first half and the first minute of the second, with Marriott and Mount getting on the score sheet. The former of the two goals also included very poor goalkeeping from one-time Real Madrid man Kiko Casilla.

Berardi saw his second yellow card in the 78th minute for a wayward, late slide tackle.

Liverpool man Harry Wilson nearly had it 4-2 with a chipped finish off the post before Marriott used a classy finish to deliver the score line. Derby’s Scott Malone then saw his second yellow as the match finished 10v10.

FA Cup: Derby edge by Accrington Stanley (video)

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Derby County beat third-tier Accrington Stanley 1-0 in the FA Cup fourth round on Saturday, as Frank Lampard‘s Rams are in the last 16 of the competition.

Martyn Waghorn’s late goal was enough to edge the second-tier side past a plucky Accrington outfit who had Daniel Barlaser sent off with just over 30 minutes to go.

Jayden Bogle was sent off late on for Derby and Billy Key went close from the resulting free kick, but Lampard’s men held on to reach the fifth round.

Accrington Stanley played well in the first half and had plenty of sights on goal without carving Derby open. Jordan Clark had their best chance, while at the other end Martin Waghorn couldn’t flick home after a great cross from Scott Malone.

Mason Mount limped off in the first half with a hamstring injury with Mason Bennett replacing him, as the Rams had to deal without one of their key players.

In the second half Waghorn again went close to getting on the end of Malone’s cross as Derby cranked through the gears.

Bennett whipped in a lovely cross from the left which missed everyone as Accrington dropped deeper and deeper as the game wore on.

The home side did have a great chance to take the lead as Barlaser jinxed free inside the box but his shot was brilliantly blocked by Derby’s defense.

Moments later Barlaser was shown a second yellow card for a late challenge on David Nugent, as Accrington were reduced to 10 men.

Despite going down to 10 men Key then flashed a shot inches wide and he put a header wide soon after as the home team rallied superbly.

But then Derby broke through late in the game as Waghorn finished after good work from American winger Duane Holmes.

A dramatic final few minutes then saw Bogle sent off for bringing down Paul Smyth who was clean through.

From the resulting free kick Kelle Roos saved Key’s low effort superbly as Accrington thought they had equalized in stoppage time.

The game finished 1-0 as the Rams went through to the last 16 despite not being at their best in testing conditions in Lancashire.

Huddersfield stuns Man City in scoreless draw

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  • City blanked for 2nd time this season
  • Town goes three clear of 17th
  • Champions get PL trophy
  • City move to 94 points

Huddersfield Town picked up a stunning clean sheet and point at Manchester City on Sunday, putting a small dark cloud of City’s Premier League trophy celebration at the Etihad Stadium.

For Man City, it’s the first time they’ve been shutout at home this Premier League season and the second time in all competitions (Wolves in the League Cup).

Huddersfield Town’s 36 points with two matches to play are three more than 16th place Swansea City and 17th place Southampton, who play each other in the run-in.

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Jonas Lossl and the Town defense were under pressure early, with David Silva forcing a save as Man City set up shop within five minutes of kickoff.

Town got a fine chance off a quickly-played free kick to Florent Hadergjonaj, but Ederson was able to get low on the Swiss back’s less than ideal effort.

That seemed to snap City back into the match, with Kevin De Bruyne coming within a yard of snapping Leroy Sane’s cut back inside the near post.

Town’s Alex Pritchard knuckled a shot toward goal in the 20th minute, and Ederson did well to tip it just past the post for a corner.

Man City was undoubtedly the dominant side in the second half, but could not break Town down. Bernardo Silva missed the far post in the 84th minute with a chance that had the Etihad Stadium crowd gasping in disappointment.

Scott Malone nearly stole a stoppage time win from City, but Ederson made a save during four minutes of stoppage time.

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Southampton 1-1 Huddersfield: No win in six for Saints

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  • Saints have won just one of their last 10 PL games (D3 L5) and are winless in their last six
  • Southampton haven’t kept a clean sheet in any of their last 10 PL games
  • Huddersfield with 4 points from last 2 away games

Southampton’s winless run stretched to six Premier League games as they drew 1-1 with Huddersfield at St Mary’s on Saturday.

Charlie Austin gave Saints the lead but Laurent Depoitre equalized for the Terriers in a feisty festive clash.

With the point Saints move on to 19 for the season, while Huddersfield have 22 at the midway point of the season.

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Huddersfield started well with Tom Ince pulling the back to Aaron Mooy but the Australian took too much time to get his shot away and Jack Stephens blocked it.

The Terriers kept pouring forward and Christopher Schindler forced Fraser Forster into a fine save as he tipped the ball onto the bar and out.

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Saints finally woke up and they took the lead midway through the first half. Austin stooped in to head home the opener to continue his fine recent form and give the home side the lead. 1-0.

Following the goal there was then a long stoppage in play as Huddersfield goalkeeper Jonas Lossl was caught in the face by Austin’s boot, but referee Lee Probert decided to take no further action. Lossl denied Dusan Tadic before the break as Saints were worthy of their lead.

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In the second half Saints looked dangerous on the break with Nathan Redmond rushing clear but Austin fired wide, squandering a great chance.

Southampton were made to pay for that miss as Tommy Smith crossed from the right and Depoitre headed home after completely losing his marker. Terrible defending by Saints but the Terriers weren’t complaining. 1-1.

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Huddersfield looked the most likely to grab the winner as Smith’s cross found Joe Lolley who then played in Scott Malone but his shot was saved by Forster.

Maya Yoshida saw a header hit the post, rebound of Lossl but fail to go in as the home side couldn’t find a winner.

Austin limped off with a hamstring injury late on to compound Saints’ misery as Pellegrino’s men now travel to Tottenham and Manchester United for their next two games.

Man City survives scare at Huddersfield

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  • Town goes ahead before half
  • Aguero converts equalizing penalty
  • Sterling in right place for winner

Raheem Sterling won an equalizing penalty and scored a funny winner as Manchester City stayed unbeaten with a 2-1 comeback win over Huddersfield Town at the John Smith’s Stadium on Sunday.

The win restores City’s eight-point table advantage of Manchester United, while Town remains 11th with 15 points.

Sergio Aguero was the Man of the Match scored the penalty, and Nicolas Otamendi’s own goal accounted for the one on Town’s side of the scoreboard.

Town’s Rajiv Van la Parra was sent off after the final whistle.

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Sergio Aguero had the ball in the net inside of 13 minutes but the flag was up.

Aguero was the name of the half, with continued pressure leading to several timely interventions from Huddersfield Town.

Those include a fine 38th minute stop by Town backstop Jonas Lossl, moments before Mathias Zanka failed in a bid to nod the hosts in front.

Then Town went ahead, anyway! Christopher Schindler‘s headed flick turned off Otamendi’s shoulder and behind Ederson.

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Moments after a first minute Raheem Sterling shout for a penalty went uncalled, Scott Malone got a hold of the Englishman just inside the 18. Sterling grabbed Malone’s shirt on his way down to make sure he got the call, and Aguero rolled in the penalty.

Lossl then went back to thwarting in-on-goal Aguero’s toe poke. Leroy Sane’s ensuing corner kick was sent away by Town.

Moments later, Sane whipped a free kick off the cross bar.

The goal turned out to be far from a dam breaker for Town, who stood firm against City’s continued pressure.

The winner did arrive as Aguero slid to meet a loose ball that Lossl pushed off Sterling’s leg and into the goal.

Ex-City property Aaron Mooy then belted a free kick off the outside of the goal in the 88th minute.