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Thursday 28 February 2013

On this day: Ashley Ward strikes late to beat ten-man Chelsea

In series on Premier League's history, Derby beat Chelsea in 1997

  • Scott Minto had mixed fortunes at the Baseball Ground, scoring at both ends

  • Frank Leboeuf celebrates putting Chelsea 2-1 up. Seven minutes later he was sent off.

  • Derby celebrate Aljosa Asanovic's penlaty that made the score 2-2

  • Chelsea's Mark Hughes, centre, gets stuck in as the action heated up

Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.

 

On this day: 1 March 1997 Derby County 3-2 Chelsea

An injury-time winner from Ashley Ward gave newly promoted Derby County a surprise win over Chelsea  at the Baseball Ground.

The result came four days after Chelsea had qualified for the FA Cup quarter-finals but Ruud Gullit’s side struggled throughout the match. Chelsea’s goals through Scott Minto and Frank Leboeuf were their only shots on target.

Both scorers suffered mixed fortunes. Minto cancelled out his strike with an own goal and, seven minutes after his goal, Leboeuf was sent off for handling on the line. Aljosa Asanovic equalised for Derby from the penalty spot.

Just as Chelsea were thinking that stand-in goalkeeper Frode Grodas had earned them a point with a string of saves, Ward converted Dean Sturridge’s mis-hit shot to earn Derby three valuable points.

After briefly flirting with the relegation zone Jim Smith’s Derby went on to finish their first campaign back in the Barclays Premier League in 12th position. The defeat dropped Chelsea to seventh and they finished the season only one place higher.

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