Championship round-up: Steve McClaren sees Derby County rescue a point as Burnley hit the top


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Steve McClaren was unveiled as the Derby manager and must have wondered what he had let himself in for as his new side trailed Ipswich 4-1 after just 34 minutes. However, after a second-half fightback Derby clinched a 4-4 draw in an amazing game at Pride Park.

With McClaren watching from the stands and the academy director Darren Wassell in charge, Derby were 2-0 down by the ninth minute when large sections of the home crowd broke into applause to salute former manager Nigel Clough, who was sacked on Saturday. Just after the half-hour it was 4-1, left-back Aaron Cresswell having a hand in all four Ipswich goals.

A double substitution at half-time and presumably a sharp word from McClaren lifted Derby and Craig Bryson struck a dramatic equaliser with two minutes to go, his second goal of the night.

With Queen's Park Rangers not playing, Burnley took over as leaders of the Championship with a 2-0 win at Doncaster, a penalty from Sam Vokes and a Rob Jones own goal with two minutes to go putting Sean Dyche's side top on goal difference.

Leicester held out for a 2-1 victory at Yeovil to stay in third, level on points with QPR and Burnley, Lloyd Dyer's close-range finish and a David Nugent penalty putting the visitors in charge before a James Hayter penalty with six minutes to go, Yeovil's first home league goal this season, threatened a late revival.

Nottingham Forest lost ground at the top when they were held to a 1-1 draw at struggling Charlton, Andy Reid's third-minute free-kick for Forest being cancelled out by Marvin Sordell after the visitors' defence failed to clear. Jordan Cousins then hit a post late on for Charlton.

High-flying Watford came unstuck 1-0 at Blackburn, Jordan Rhodes getting Rovers' winner at Ewood Park, his ninth goal in seven games.

Sheffield Wednesday were on course for their first league win of the season through Matty Fryatt's goal two minutes before half-time at Brighton but they were cruelly denied by a Keith Andrews equaliser from six yards in the 90th minute.

Jesse Lingard hit four on his debut for Birmingham in their last home league game but this time the on-loan Manchester United midfielder missed a penalty in the 10th minute against Millwall at St Andrew's. However, two goals from David Murphy put Lee Clark's side in control by half-time. Tom Adeyemi got a third in the 68th minute and Lingard finally made the scoresheet with a minute to go to wrap up a 4-0 win.