Cheltenham Town 2-3 Derby County

Max Bird’s stunning strike helped Derby come from behind to continue their fine run with a 3-2 win at Cheltenham.

The home side took a shock lead inside two minutes when Liam Sercombe won a 50-50 challenge and crossed for Caleb Taylor to notch in the first goal of his career on his 20th birthday.

It was the first goal Derby had conceded in 463 minutes, but they responded quickly.

Eiran Cashin found Nathaniel Mendez-Laing on the right and his cross was headed past Luke Southwood by Conor Hourihane in the eighth minute.

Paul Warne’s side added their second three minutes later, and it was a goal to remember.

Jason Knight’s shot on the edge of the box was blocked, but Bird followed up by firing an unstoppable effort into the top-left corner from more than 30 yards.

The lead was extended 10 minutes into the second half when a misplaced pass from Ryan Broom was seized upon by Tom Barkhuizen, who finished confidently.

Alfie May pulled one back for Cheltenham in the 77th minute, slamming in Taylor’s nod down from close range, but the Rams held on to make it four wins in a row in all competitions and 12 unbeaten in the league.

Match report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Cheltenham

Formation 3-4-1-2

  • 1Southwood
  • 2Long
  • 14Taylor
  • 4BradburySubstituted forOlayinkaat 63′minutes
  • 22Jackson
  • 23bondsSubstituted forBrownat 82′minutes
  • 8SercombeSubstituted forPerryat 44′minutes
  • 15ferryBooked at 57minsSubstituted forWilliamsat 63′minutesBooked at 68mins
  • 32Broom
  • 9Goodwin
  • 10May

Substitutes

  • 3Williams
  • 7Brown
  • 20MacDonalds
  • 26Barkers
  • 28Perry
  • 30Norton
  • 36Olayinka

Derby

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Wildsmith
  • 12Smith
  • 3ForsythBooked at 19mins
  • 6CashinSubstituted forDaviesat 63′minutes
  • 17Sibley
  • 4HourihaneSubstituted forMcGoldrickat 69′minutes
  • 8bird
  • 11Mendez-Laing
  • 38Knight
  • 7BarkhuizenSubstituted forDobbinat 69′minutes
  • 9CollinsBooked at 84minsSubstituted forRooneyat 85′minutes

Substitutes

  • 10McGoldrick
  • 15roberts
  • 16Thompson
  • 18Dobbin
  • 21Loach
  • 33Davies
  • 34Rooney

Referees:
Neil Hair

Attendance:
5,666

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