Derby County came from two goals behind on Tuesday evening to salvage a point in a 2-2 draw with high-flying Brentford.

An Ivan Toney penalty followed by a sweet Sergi Canos strike meant the visitors had a healthy lead at half-time, but an inspired triple substitution lead to Lee Gregory and Louie Sibley levelling the score before the game drew to a close.

Derby County v Brentford - Sky Bet Championship
Louie Sibley of Derby County celebrates after scoring a goal to make it 2-2 during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Brentford at the Pride Park, Derby on Tuesday 16th March 2021. (Photo by Jon Hobley/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

The latter, who had come under criticism from Wayne Rooney in recent weeks with the gaffer stating he wanted more from the youngster, stole the headlines late on with his exquisite finish.

Sibley was fed the ball by Patrick Roberts after the Manchester City loanee had displayed some neat footwork to create the opening, he then cut onto his left foot and wrapped a wonderful curled effort into the top left hand corner from the edge of the penalty area, past the outstretched arm of David Raya.

 

It was a fantastic way for the midfielder to silence his critics and finally put an end to his goal drought, notching his first of the season in fantastic fashion.

Derby County v Brentford - Sky Bet Championship
David Raya of Brentford at full stretch as Derby County score the equalising goal to make it 2-2 during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Brentford at the Pride Park, Derby on Tuesday 16th March 2021. (Photo by Jon Hobley/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

The 19-year-old will have done no harm to his chances of starting against Stoke City on Saturday and will be rightly eyeing a place in the starting XI, most likely in place of his namesake Louie Watson.

Following the encounter, supporters took to social media to heap praise on the academy graduate.

All in all, the result was a much needed confidence boost for both Derby and Sibley individually as we head into the business end of the season.

With relegation fears not yet out of sight, just how big might that goal turn out to be?

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