Why Derby are facing a massive few weeks after dropping two points against Birmingham

Derby County conceded two goals in stoppage time to Birmingham City to miss the chance to go clear at the top of the Championship.

Going into the final few minutes against Birmingham on Saturday, Derby County fans must have been very pleased.

With Middlesbrough losing and Watford drawing, they would have gone two points clear at the top of the table, all they had to do was hang on to their 2-0 lead.

However, what transpired was a chaotic final few minutes that saw Steve McClaren’s men concede twice, thanks to a dubious penalty and a scrappy 96th-minute equaliser from Clayton Donaldson.

It means Derby remain in second place in the Championship, level on points with fellow promotion chasers Bournemouth, Middlesbrough and Watford.

Now the Rams enter the most pivotal part of their bid to reach the Premier League with four games against teams around them which are likely to decide what their fate will be.

Next up is a trip to Norwich, who sit just one point behind the top four, followed by a home game against Boro themselves.

It does not get any easier for Derby as two tricky Friday evening matches against Wolves, who are challenging for the play-offs, and the in-form Watford round off their run.

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