Derby County snatched an unlikely point against Leeds United at Elland Road on Saturday, in front of the Sky Sports cameras.
Leeds took the lead in the first-half as Max Lowe scored an own goal, to give Marcelo Bielsa’s side the advantage heading into the break.
The Whites had a golden opportunity to double that lead, but Mateusz Klich missed his penalty, which later came back to haunt the home side.
Derby equalised late into stoppage-time through Chris Martin, who fired home clinically from inside the penalty area to see the Rams come away with a point from the game.
Martin hadn’t been on the pitch very long, after replacing Jack Marriott as a 73rd minute substitute at Elland Road.
The experienced forward has spent the last two seasons out on loan with the likes of Reading and Hull City, where he has failed to make a notable impact away from Pride Park.
But with Martyn Waghorn being deployed out wide this season under Derby boss Phillip Cocu, it means that the Rams are slightly light of options in attack.
Jack Marriott has been Cocu’s first-choice striker for much of this year’s campaign, but Martin has certainly given the Derby manager a welcome selection dilemma for the rest of the season.
He’s already shown in the past that he can score goals at this level, having scored 25 goals in his best season in a Rams shirt in the 2013/14 campaign.
At the age of 30, he’s got something to offer Derby both on and off the pitch, and the likes of Marriott and Mason Bennett could certainly benefit from learning from a striker of Martin’s quality in the future.
It’s no secret that Derby haven’t started the season as well as they would have hoped for, but if Martin can prove to be the striker that they have been missing to score the goals to fire them up the table, then this point at Leeds could prove to be a turning point for them in this year’s campaign.
The Rams have fixtures against some of the so-called weaker sides in the Championship coming up, and Cocu shouldn’t be afraid to throw Martin into his starting XI, as he’ll be keen to prove to the Derby supporters that he still has a future at the club.
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