West Bromwich Albion coach Eddie Newton challenged the team to turn up the heat on Coca-Cola Championship leaders Newcastle after their 3-1 win against Derby moved them back into the automatic promotion places.

The Baggies, who had picked up just a point from their previous two games, looked to be heading for defeat when Chris Porter gave Derby a 49th-minute lead.

But a double from Chris Brunt and a strike from substitute Simon Cox in the space of 15 minutes dramatically turned the game in Albion's favour and they returned to second place after Nottingham Forest lost at Leicester.

They are now six points behind Newcastle and Newton said: "It is the push towards the end of the season and at the end of the day it is all about winning.

"We know it will be a hard slog because everyone is fighting for something so there are no easy games left. We need to try and get away from Forest and keep putting Newcastle under pressure.

"We have to keep concentrating and take one game at a time. That is all you can do. It is in our hands at the moment and we will now try and get on a run."

Despite finding themselves trailing against Derby, Newton always felt confident Albion could turn the game around. He added: "We saw Derby's level start to drop off in the latter stages of the game and we know we can keep going to the 90 minutes and we knew we would create chances.

"It helps the spirit in the dressing room when you have worked so hard and you get your just rewards."

The hosts were stunned when Derby struck just four minutes after the interval.

Albion failed to deal with a neat chip into the area by Robbie Savage and when the loose ball found its way to Porter he made no mistake with a low drive at the far post.

Albion boss Roberto Di Matteo responded to falling behind by sending on Cox and James Morrison for Luke Moore and Robert Koren and it proved an inspired move as Cox set up Brunt's 67th-minute equaliser.

His pass picked out Brunt on the edge of the Derby area and the Northern Ireland international winger beat goalkeeper Stephen Bywater with a low left-foot drive.

Brunt then put Albion in control from close range 10 minutes later when he forced home a corner from Graham Dorrans at the second attempt.
Cox gave the final scoreline a more resounding look in the 82nd minute when he raced on to a pass from Morrison to score at the near post.