Derby County earned a point in a 1-1 draw with Wycombe Wanderers at Pride Park Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Wayne Rooney took himself out of the line-up to focus on managing the team from the dugout and was one of seven changes to the team that fell to a 3-0 defeat against Middlesbrough earlier in the week.
Colin Kazim-Richards made his full debut for the Rams and was a threat throughout having a disallowed goal one minute ahead of providing the assist for Duane Holmes to back-heel in from close range for his first goal of the season.
The Rams were eyeing their first home victory of the season, but were forced to settle for a draw when Matthew Bloomfield equalised with ten minutes left to play.
Youngster Jack Stretton made his senior debut, replacing George Evans in the final minute of the game.
Louie Sibley was the first to come close for the Rams when Craig Forsyth flung a cross into the box, it skipped across the face of the goal and played back in for Sibley’s header to be tipped over the cross bar.
Back-to-back chances then fell in the 24th minute. Tom Lawrence fed out to Holmes on the right and the winger cut inside and stuck across goal, but his effort was deflected wide of the far post.
Immediately after, from the resulting corner, Matt Clarke’s initial header at the back post was blocked ad the second chance fell to George Evans. The midfielder headed on from inside the six-yard box but was denied with a brilliant instinctive save by Ryan Allsop who clawed away his shot.
The Rams found the back of the net on the after 35 minutes. Forsyth drilled another fierce cross past the goalmouth to Kazim-Richards who confidently fired in, but was adjudged to have been offside.
However, just a minute later and their goal came. Kazim-Richards was a threat again when set Holmes from the right and the winger back-heeled the effort to open the scoring.
Wycombe concluded the half without threatening David Marshall in goal.
They first tested the Rams stopped inside the first ten minutes of the second-half when Adebayo Akinfenwa got on the end of a long ball over into the six-yard box and headed on, but Marshall was there to make the grab.
Holmes looked to double his tally on the hour mark after a Derby counter-attack.
He had plenty of space down the right and was played through by Kazim-Richards ad closed in on goal. His pulled the trigger but was denied by Allsop who palmed the effort well away and out of danger.
With 15 minutes left to play the Rams came close again. Jason Knight saw a shot from inside the area deflected out for a corner. Lawrence delivered the set-piece into the area and Clarke powered a header towards goal. Allsopp palmed it away straight to Forsyth, his header at the near post was deflected just wide.
However, it was Wycombe who drew level with ten minutes left to play when Bloomfield struck from close range.
The visitors almost nicked the victory in the final minute Garath McCleary’s effort struck the underside of the cross bar before Curtis Davies strong headed clearance on the bounce.
The Rams will look to build on the point on Tuesday night when they host Coventry City at Pride Park Stadium.
Derby County: Marshall, Wisdom, Forsyth, Shinnie, Lawrence, Kazim-Richards (Waghorn, 67), Clarke, Sibley (Jozwiak, 77), Evans (Stretton 90), Holmes (Knight, 67), Davies (C).
Unused Substitutes: Roos, Bielik, Bird, Byrne, Buchanan.
Wycombe Wanderers: Allsop, Grimmer, Jacobson (C), Stewart, Kashket, Knight, Horgan, Thompson (Pattison, 17), McCleary, Adeniran, Mehmeti.
Unused Substitutes: Stockdale, Wheeler, Bloomfield, Akinfenwa, Freeman, Onyedinma, Samuel, McCarthy.