Derby picked up their first win in six Championship games thanks to three first-half goals against Portsmouth.

Craig Bryson opened the scoring for the Rams, controlling Theo Robinson's ball and netting from the edge of the box.

Chris Maguire doubled the lead from a rebound after Stephen Henderson parried Robinson's shot and Jamie Ward struck from 18 yards to make it 3-0.

Managerless Pompey had a consolation when Jason Pearce, who hit the bar at 1-0, headed home from close range.

The win lifts Derby up into the play-off places but Portsmouth, still seeking a replacement for Steve Cotterill, are now 16th.

The game was not without cost for Nigel Clough's Rams, who lost defender Mark O'Brien to injury and he was replaced by Kevin Kilbane for his 600th appearance at club level.

Pompey did have other chances apart from Pearce's headers, with Dave Kitson and David Norris heading wide from pinpoint Liam Lawrence balls.

First-team coaches Guy Whittingham and Stuart Gray have been taking charge of the visitors, who say they are hopeful of appointing a new manager soon.

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (6)

Derby

  • 01 Fielding
  • 03 Roberts
  • 06 Shackell Booked
  • 12 Anderson
  • 24 O'Brien (Kilbane - 30' )
  • 04 Bryson
  • 18 B Davies
  • 23 Hendrick
  • 10 Ward
  • 11 Maguire (Bennett - 69' )
  • 21 Robinson (Doyle - 73' )

Substitutes

  • 13 Legzdins
  • 17 Buxton
  • 26 Kilbane
  • 14 Doyle
  • 28 Bennett

Portsmouth

  • 13 Henderson
  • 03 Rocha
  • 05 Pearce
  • 15 Halford (Ward - 16' Booked )
  • 26 Ben-Haim
  • 07 Lawrence
  • 08 Mullins
  • 10 Huseklepp (Futacs - 62' )
  • 19 Norris (Razak - 62' )
  • 11 Varney Booked
  • 18 Kitson

Substitutes

  • 01 Ashdown
  • 02 Ward
  • 04 Mokoena
  • 14 Razak
  • 09 Futacs
Ref: Pawson
Att: 24,148

Match Stats

Shots

16 9

On target

13 3

Corners

7 7

Fouls

12 12

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:32 Full time

Full Time The referee blows for the end of the match.

90:00 +2:21

Hayden Mullins produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the target.

90:00 +1:43

Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Jamie Ward.

89:33

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Ben Davies from the right by-line, clearance by Liam Lawrence.

89:04

Marko Futacs takes a shot. Blocked by Kevin Kilbane.

85:52

Jamie Ward produces a cross, save by Stephen Henderson.

85:03

Direct free kick taken by Frank Fielding.

85:03 Booking

Booking Luke Varney is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

84:52

Jason Shackell fouled by Luke Varney, the ref awards a free kick.

82:44

Shot from just outside the penalty area by Mason Bennett misses to the left of the target.

80:26

The referee blows for offside against Luke Varney. Frank Fielding takes the free kick.

79:51

Tal Ben-Haim takes a shot. Save made by Frank Fielding.

78:18

Assist on the goal came from Liam Lawrence.

78:18 Goal scored

Goal! - Jason Pearce - Derby 3 - 1 Portsmouth Jason Pearce grabs a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Derby 3-1 Portsmouth.

77:55

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Liam Lawrence,

77:33

Corner taken by Liam Lawrence from the left by-line, clearance by Kevin Kilbane.

76:36

Joel Ward delivers the ball.

74:34

The official flags Ben Davies offside. Free kick taken by Stephen Henderson.

72:37 Substitution

Substitution Conor Doyle replaces Theo Robinson.

71:21

The ball is swung over by Joel Ward, Kevin Kilbane makes a clearance.

70:55

Free kick awarded for a foul by Gareth Roberts on Dave Kitson. Liam Lawrence takes the direct free kick.

69:32

Free kick awarded for a foul by Tal Ben-Haim on Mason Bennett. Russell Anderson takes the direct free kick.

67:07 Substitution

Substitution Chris Maguire goes off and Mason Bennett comes on.

67:07

Free kick awarded for a foul by Hayden Mullins on Jeff Hendrick. Jason Shackell takes the direct free kick.

65:17

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Jamie Ward.

64:48

The ball is swung over by Luke Varney, save by Frank Fielding.

63:11

Unfair challenge on Tal Ben-Haim by Chris Maguire results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Tal Ben-Haim. Foul by Jeff Hendrick on Hayden Mullins, free kick awarded. Stephen Henderson restarts play with the free kick.

62:43

Jamie Ward takes a shot. Save made by Stephen Henderson.

61:48 Substitution

Substitution Abdul Razak replaces David Norris.

61:48 Substitution

Substitution Marko Futacs replaces Erik Huseklepp.

61:27

Shot on goal by Luke Varney from just inside the area clears the crossbar.

59:44

Corner taken by Ben Davies from the right by-line to the near post, Jason Pearce manages to make a clearance.

59:05

Theo Robinson takes a shot. Save by Stephen Henderson.

56:21

Corner taken by Liam Lawrence from the left by-line, Unfair challenge on Kevin Kilbane by Dave Kitson results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Frank Fielding.

55:55

Theo Robinson takes a shot. Save by Stephen Henderson.

54:29

Jamie Ward takes a shot. Ricardo Rocha gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken by Ben Davies, clearance made by Tal Ben-Haim.

51:15

Headed effort from close range by David Norris goes wide left of the goal.

50:06

Luke Varney challenges Jason Shackell unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jason Shackell.

47:48

Ben Davies takes a shot. Save by Stephen Henderson.

45:54

The assistant referee flags for offside against Dave Kitson. Frank Fielding takes the direct free kick.

45:23

Chris Maguire challenges Jason Pearce unfairly and gives away a free kick. Stephen Henderson takes the direct free kick.

45:01

The match restarts for the second half.

45:00 +6:03 Half time

Half Time The first half comes to an end.

45:00 +5:10

Corner taken right-footed by Liam Lawrence from the left by-line, Headed effort from deep inside the area by Dave Kitson misses to the left of the goal.

45:00 +4:20

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Liam Lawrence from the left by-line, Jason Shackell manages to make a clearance.

44:17

Luke Varney is caught offside. Direct free kick taken by Jason Shackell.

43:47

Effort from the edge of the area by Joel Ward goes wide of the right-hand upright.

42:56

Chris Maguire concedes a free kick for a foul on Joel Ward. Direct free kick taken by Liam Lawrence.

42:22

Centre by Luke Varney.

41:12

Chris Maguire takes a shot. Blocked by Stephen Henderson. Gareth Roberts concedes a free kick for a foul on David Norris. Stephen Henderson takes the free kick.

39:52

David Norris fouled by Gareth Roberts, the ref awards a free kick. Liam Lawrence restarts play with the free kick.

38:53

Unfair challenge on Ben Davies by Tal Ben-Haim results in a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Ben Davies from right wing, save by Stephen Henderson.

38:17

Unfair challenge on Russell Anderson by Luke Varney results in a free kick. Frank Fielding takes the direct free kick.

37:22

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Ben Davies from the right by-line, Theo Robinson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jason Pearce. Stephen Henderson takes the direct free kick.

36:52

Chris Maguire takes a shot. Save by Stephen Henderson.

35:08

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Joel Ward by Jason Shackell. Liam Lawrence crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel, clearance made by Jason Shackell.

32:17

Assist on the goal came from Jeff Hendrick.

32:17 Goal scored

Goal! - Jamie Ward - Derby 3 - 0 Portsmouth Goal scored by Jamie Ward from the edge of the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Derby 3-0 Portsmouth.

31:34

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Ben Davies from the right by-line, Ricardo Rocha manages to make a clearance.

31:02

Jamie Ward takes a shot. Stephen Henderson makes a save.

29:27 Substitution

Substitution Kevin Kilbane joins the action as a substitute, replacing Mark O'Brien.

28:52

Corner taken right-footed by Liam Lawrence from the right by-line, Frank Fielding makes a save.

28:12

Chris Maguire challenges Ricardo Rocha unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ricardo Rocha takes the free kick.

27:20

Foul by Dave Kitson on Ben Davies, free kick awarded. Russell Anderson takes the direct free kick.

25:56

Long distance shot from Craig Bryson misses to the left of the net.

24:15

Jeff Hendrick takes a shot. Save by Stephen Henderson.

17:20

Unfair challenge on Chris Maguire by Ricardo Rocha results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Ben Davies.

16:42

Frank Fielding restarts play with the free kick.

16:42 Booking

Booking The referee shows Joel Ward a yellow card.

16:28

Joel Ward challenges Chris Maguire unfairly and gives away a free kick.

15:28

Tal Ben-Haim restarts play with the free kick.

15:28 Substitution

Substitution Joel Ward on for Greg Halford.

15:28

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Erik Huseklepp by Jeff Hendrick.

13:19

Assist on the goal came from Theo Robinson.

13:19 Goal scored

Goal! - Chris Maguire - Derby 2 - 0 Portsmouth A goal is scored by Chris Maguire from close in to the bottom left corner of the goal. Derby 2-0 Portsmouth.

13:04

Theo Robinson takes a shot. Save by Stephen Henderson.

11:32

Liam Lawrence takes the inswinging corner, Jason Pearce takes a shot.

8:59

Free kick crossed right-footed by Liam Lawrence from right wing, Mark O'Brien makes a clearance.

8:59 Booking

Booking Jason Shackell booked for unsporting behaviour.

8:45

Greg Halford fouled by Jason Shackell, the ref awards a free kick.

6:51

Ben Davies produces a left-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the target.

5:08

The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Jason Shackell.

2:13

The assist for the goal came from Theo Robinson.

2:13 Goal scored

Goal! - Craig Bryson - Derby 1 - 0 Portsmouth Craig Bryson scores a goal from just inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Derby 1-0 Portsmouth.

1:41

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Chris Maguire by Liam Lawrence. Free kick taken by Craig Bryson.

0:13

Foul by Dave Kitson on Jason Shackell, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Frank Fielding.

0:00

The game kicks-off.

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