DERBY County were stung by two late goals as Leicester City knocked them out of the League Cup at the third round stage last night.
Chris Martin opened the scoring just before half-time, and the Rams looked like they would progress, but two goals in three minutes from Anthony Knockaert and Danny Drinkwater broke the hearts of the 2,209 fans who had travelled the short distance down the M1 to the King Power Stadium.
Boss Nigel Clough made three changes from the side beaten at home to Reading, with Kieron Freeman, Paul Coutts and Conor Sammon replacing Adam Smith, John Eustace and Jamie Ward.
The Foxes made eight changes from their weekend team, and the Rams started brightly against their East Midlands rivals, before losing Coutts to injury, Ben Davies replacing him in the 28th minute.
And the visitors took the lead three minutes before the break as brilliant play by Johnny Russell in the box set up Chris Martin to score from close range.
Leicester improved after the break, but Derby looked like they would hang on, until 12 minutes from time, when the hosts levelled through Knockaert’s stunning 25-yard free-kick that went in off the crossbar, giving keeper Lee Grant no chance.
And the Foxes turned the game on its head three minutes later as another free-kick into the box was touched past Grant by Drinkwater.
Read Steve Nicholson's full report in tomorrow's Burton Mail.