McClaren, unveiled as Nigel Clough's successor on Tuesday morning, watched from the stands that night as academy manager Darren Wassall took charge of the first team.
He will have known that Derby have struggled at home this season but the former England boss was probably not prepared for what he witnessed during the opening 45 minutes. Ipswich scored three times in the first quarter of an hour through Christophe Berra, Daryl Murphy and Aaron Cresswell. Zak Whitbread had reduced the deficit to two with a goal on his debut before Murphy made it 4-1 with his second goal of the night.
However, McClaren would have been delighted with what he saw after the break. Captain for the night Craig Bryson gave Derby hope early in the second half and Jamie Ward pulled another goal back on the hour. Bryson then completed the comeback with the equaliser in the 88th minute to send Pride Park wild.
Marvin Sordell's first league goal for Charlton secured a 1-1 draw against high-flying Nottingham Forest.
Chris Powell's freefalling side looked destined for a fourth straight defeat after Andy Reid's early strike against his old club. But Sordell, on loan from Bolton, levelled just after the interval to secure a much-needed point for the Addicks.
Sean Dyche's unfancied Burnley side climbed to the top of the Championship for the first time in seven years as they silenced the in-form Federico Macheda and won 2-0 at Doncaster.
They were given little chance of mounting a serious promotion push in the wake of Charlie Austin's transfer to QPR, but in the form of Sam Vokes and Danny Ings they have more than replaced his goals. The pair have now scored 17 between them this season and Vokes' 45th-minute penalty looked like being the difference in this one until Rob Jones, who gave the spot kick away, put through his own goal late on to seal it.
Dominic Poleon volleyed home his first league goal of the season to clinch Leeds an unconvincing 2-1 win over 10-man Bournemouth.
Bournemouth keeper Ryan Allsop was shown a straight red card after being adjudged to have brought down Leeds striker Noel Hunt. Replacement keeper Darryl Flahavan saved Ross McCormack's subsequent penalty and although Leeds struck through McCormack early in the second half, Bournemouth striker Lewis Grabban fired the visitors level. Second-half substitute Poleon lashed home a knockdown in the 80th minute to secure Leeds their first win in four matches.
Middlesbrough's winless run was extended to eight matches but young defender Ben Gibson's 79th-minute header secured a deserved point against Huddersfield.
Luckless Boro looked on course for defeat when James Vaughan got the final touch on Oscar Gobern's strike just before the hour for a fortuitous goal that was very much against the run of play. The home side, who last won on August 10, had overcome a sluggish start to dominate for large spells and they were finally rewarded when Gibson powered a header home from a corner to ensure a 1-1 draw.
David Murphy's brace helped end Millwall's recent resurgence and extended the London club's 45-year hoodoo at St Andrew's as Birmingham claimed a 4-0 win.
The left-back, making only his third appearance since returning from almost a year on the sidelines following knee surgery, fired home a first half double - the second of which was a superb free-kick - to put Birmingham on their way to a comfortable victory. Tom Adeyemi added a third after the break before Jesse Lingard got in on the act with an 89th-minute header to wrap up a routine night.
David Nugent's penalty prowess sealed a fifth successive win for Leicester as they edged past Yeovil 2-1.
The one-time England international netted his sixth spot-kick of the campaign and his fifth in his last five Sky Bet Championship games as the in-form Foxes made it 13 points from their last five matches. After a lively and even opening 45 minutes it was Nugent, their two-goal hero on Saturday, who broke clear of the offside trap to tee up Lloyd Dyer to break the deadlock. And 11 minutes later he continued his impressive goalscoring form from the spot after Ritchie De Laet was fouled. Referee Brandan Malone then awarded his second spot-kick of the half which saw Yeovil substitute James Hayter set up a nervy finale, though Leicester were able to hold out for the win.
Chris O'Grady rescued a deserved point for Barnsley as they ended a run of four successive defeats with a 1-1 draw against Reading.
Despite dominating most of the match, it looked as if the Reds were going to slip to another loss after Hal Robson-Kanu fired Nigel Adkins' men in front early into the second half. However, after missing a raft of chances, they finally came good in the 79th minute when O'Grady found the bottom corner from 18 yards.
Keith Andrews rescued a point for Brighton with an 89th-minute leveller to deny Sheffield Wednesday their first win of the season in a 1-1 draw at the Amex Stadium.
Matty Fryatt, making his debut in a month-long loan deal from Hull, had fired Wednesday into a first-half lead, before Andrews hit a last-gasp equaliser from six yards. Under-fire Owls boss Dave Jones has remained upbeat about his team's start to the season - despite overseeing their worst start to a campaign since 1999.
Jordan Rhodes bagged his ninth goal of the season as Blackburn won 1-0 to make it back-to-back wins while also ending Watford's three-match winning streak.
The Scotland international pounced midway through the second half with a powerful header from a long throw that earned Rovers their fourth win in their last seven league outings, a run in which they have tasted defeat just once.
Bolton's winless run was extended into double figures, but they picked up another point in a goalless draw with Blackpool to inch closer to leaving the relegation zone.
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