Derby County 3 Wolverhampton Wanderers 3
Another day, another draw, but who says that Wolverhampton Wanderers are boring?
After four successive games of almost memorable drabness, suddenly Glenn Hoddle's men produced a performance that their manager described as their "best of the season" and found themselves involved in a contest that was a joy to behold.
Six goals, two more disallowed, a three times taken penalty and a string of other near misses. Sure, it was Hoddle's tenth draw in 13 games - "I must have run over six black cats," he joked - but what an extraordinary evening it was.
Promotion-chasing Derby County are renowned for playing flowing football and are bang in form after a run of 14 points out of 18. But, on a pitch a sight more suited to good football than their Molineux mudheap, Wolves were willing participants in an end-to-end contest that warmed a bitterly cold night.
What is more, they gave as good as they got after the sort of psychological doublesetback that would have left lesser teams flattened.
Only seven minutes had gone when Joleon Lescott dived full length to head home Carl Cort's misdirected shot, only to be thwarted by the linesman's flag
Then two minutes later, worse was to come for Lescott. Harshly adjudged to have pushed Derby top scorer Grzegorz Radiak in the back 25 yards out, from the resulting free kick, Spaniard Inigo Idiakez stepped up to curl a beauty just inside Michael Oakes' left upright.
Within three minutes, Wolves were level through Miller's 14th goal of the season. The Wolves top scorer rose highest on the goal-line to head home Rob Edwards' cross.
While Wolves remained a threat for the rest of the half on the break, Derby created most of the danger.
Marcus Tudgay headed against the foot of the post, and Oakes twice turned aside low shots from Junior and Tommy Smith. And it needed a great last-ditch tackle by the alert Edwards to halt Junior. But the closest shave came when, from Lescott's miscued clearing header, Junior touched home at the far post, only for that one to get mysteriously chalked off too.
The home side began the second half still in vibrant form when Paul Peschisolido, on as a half-time sub, fired just wide and Oakes saved athletically to deny Adam Bolder. But it was Wolves who should have gone ahead when, after seeing Miller's shot only parried by Derby keeper Lee Camp, Seol somehow scooped over from six yards.
Lescott got him off the hook when he bulleted home a near-post header from Paul Ince's cross to make it 2-1. But then came the night's real drama when Derby were given the chance to equalise from the spot - a controversial penalty in the first place after Edwards had appeared to win the ball in his attempt to tackle the slippery Peschisolido.
Idiakez, adopting a stuttering penalty technique, tucked the first one away confidently enough. But referee Iain Williamson had spotted an encroachment by Raziak.
The Spaniard produced a step-by-step repeat, and Oakes went full length to save, but Mr Williamson ruled Oakes had gone too soon, filling his notebook further with the name of an indignant Wolves keeper.
On the third time of asking, a marginally less stuttery Idiakez opted for the the other corner, sent Oakes the wrong way again and this one counted.
There was more to come though.
Cort thought he'd won it when he touched in Miller's cross, but just when Wolves thought they had a priceless three points in the bag, Derby substitute Marco Reich snatched the night's final equaliser.
Scorers: Idiakez (9) 1-0; Miller (12) 1-1; Lescott (72) 1-2; Idiakez pen (77) 2-2; Cort (89) 2-3; Reich (92) 3-3.
DERBY COUNTY (4-2-3-1): Camp; Kenna, Huddlestone, Mills, Makin; Bolder, Idiakez; Junior (Peschisolido ht), Smith, Tudgay (Taylor, h/t); Raziak.Subs: Grant (gk), Konjic
WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS (4-1-3-2): Oakes; Edwards, Craddock, Lescott, Naylor; Ince; Olofinjana, Kennedy Seol; Miller, Cort. Subs: Jones (gk), Andrews, Cooper, Clarke, Bjorklund.
Referee: I Williamson (Berkshire). Bookings: Wolves - Lescott (foul), Oakes (dissent).
Attendance: 24,109. Wolves man of the match: Michael Oakes - mighty.