LONDON (AFP) – Promotion hopefuls Bournemouth and Derby played out a pulsating 2-2 draw in the Championship on Tuesday with former England striker Darren Bent’s fourth goal in five games salvaging a point for County.
Bournemouth fall to second, above the Rams on goal difference, despite twice taking the lead at Dean Court.
Attacker Matt Ritchie opened the scoring, sweeping Yann Kermorgant’s chest down past Lee Grant in the Derby goal, but on-loan forward Tom Ince equalised with a solid strike from the edge of the area.
The home team went into half-time ahead as Callum Wilson smashed into the top corner from an angle but Bent ensured honours were even, slicing the ball into the roof of the goal from close range.
Middlesbrough capitalised on the result to move top of the league, but needed a last-gasp winner to defeat struggling Blackpool 2-1.
Former Real Madrid defender Jonathan Woodgate — in his first start since August — looked like he had won the game with a close-range header in the 81st minute, but substitute Ben Gibson put through his own net to level the scores five minutes later.
With two minutes left on the clock, Enrique Garcia Martinez snatched victory with another header to send the visitors a point clear at the top and dreaming of a return to the Premier League.
But Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka urged his players not to get carried away by their lofty position.
“This league is very difficult…if we think everything is done now we are making a very big mistake,” said the former assistant to Jose Mourinho.