Derby preserved their Championship status with a 3-1 win over Peterborough, who remain in trouble.

Relegation-threatened Posh were the form side but conceded to Craig Bryson five minutes before half-time.

Chris Martin and Richard Keogh added to the visitors' woes before Grant McCann scored a consolation penalty following keeper Frank Fielding's dismissal.

Derby's remaining games

  • 27 April: Blackpool (A)
  • 4 May: Millwall (H)

The result leaves Darren Ferguson's men a place outside the relegation zone on goal difference alone.

It was Derby who started stronger, with former Posh midfielder Paul Coutts' mishit cross smashing against a post after just two minutes.

The Rams dominated the first half and should have taken the lead earlier but for missed opportunities from Martin, Keogh and Conor Sammon.

But Bryson netted just before the break - leading scorer Jamie Ward and Sammon combining well down the left then picking out the Scotland international to blast the ball home from close range.

Peterborough's remaining games

  • 27 April: Sheffield Wednesday (H)
  • 4 May: Crystal Palace (A)

After the interval Derby stretched their lead with two goals in three minutes - Martin crashing home a drive then Keogh heading in a third at the far post.

The hosts' day was dampened when, just after the hour, keeper Fielding brought down Dwight Gayle, who was clean through on goal.

The red card for the stopper, and McCann's successful conversion from the spot, made little impact on the final result with Peterborough now facing two crucial games against Sheffield Wednesday and Crystal Palace before the end of the season.

Peterborough manager Darren Ferguson:

"I'm absolutely delighted. We are out of the bottom three which is the best thing that's happened all day.

"Nothing else positive did happen so it's still in our own hands with two games to go and after the start we had to the season, losing our first seven games, I would have taken that.

"Sometimes as a manager you have to hold your hands up and praise the opposition and today I thought Derby were magnificent. They were outstanding and thoroughly deserved the win."

Derby coach Andy Garner:

"We were totally in command as soon as the first whistle went.

"The first 20 minutes we were absolutely superb, dominated the game and were in their half constantly.

"We didn't get the goal our play justified but we stuck at it and when it came, it was a brilliant goal, a training ground goal really. Great hold up play from Conor Sammon and a typical Craig Bryson run and a good finish."

Lineup, Bookings (6) & Substitutions (6)

Derby

  • 01 Fielding Dismissed
  • 02 Brayford Booked
  • 05 Buxton
  • 06 Keogh
  • 04 Bryson (Hughes - 85' )
  • 07 Coutts Booked
  • 08 Hendrick
  • 24 Forsyth
  • 10 Ward Booked (Davies - 76' )
  • 25 Martin (Legzdins - 62' )
  • 32 Sammon

Substitutes

  • 13 Legzdins
  • 21 Gjokaj
  • 23 Freeman
  • 12 Jacobs
  • 18 Davies
  • 19 Hughes
  • 20 Bennett

Peterborough

  • 01 Olejnik
  • 03 Alcock
  • 04 Brisley
  • 05 Zakuani (McCann - 46' Booked )
  • 07 Swanson Booked (Pritchard - 64' )
  • 14 Rowe
  • 18 Ferdinand (Mendez-Laing - 46' )
  • 20 Knight-Percival
  • 26 Payne
  • 08 Tomlin
  • 34 Gayle

Substitutes

  • 13 Day
  • 24 Ntlhe
  • 11 McCann
  • 33 Pritchard
  • 38 Cuvelier
  • 44 Mendez-Laing
  • 09 Barnett
Ref: Haywood
Att: 23,753

Match Stats

Shots

17 8

On target

12 5

Corners

19 2

Fouls

11 10

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +7:46 Full time

Full Time The referee signals the end of the game.

90:00 +7:01

Lee Tomlin takes a shot. Save by Adam Legzdins.

90:00 +6:51

Craig Alcock delivers the ball, Jeff Hendrick makes a clearance.

90:00 +6:04

Unfair challenge on Adam Legzdins by Shaun Brisley results in a free kick. Adam Legzdins takes the free kick.

90:00 +5:35

Corner from right by-line taken by Grant McCann.

90:00 +5:17

Grant McCann takes a shot. Craig Forsyth manages to make a clearance.

90:00 +4:08

The ball is swung over by Grant McCann.

90:00 +3:39

The ball is swung over by Paul Coutts, clearance by Conor Sammon.

90:00 +3:27

Craig Alcock sends in a cross, Richard Keogh manages to make a clearance.

90:00 +2:06 Booking

Booking Paul Coutts goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.

90:00 +1:56

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nathaniel Knight-Percival by Paul Coutts. Nathaniel Knight-Percival takes the free kick.

90:00 +1:30

Conor Sammon takes a shot. Robert Olejnik makes a save.

90:00 +0:40

Nathaniel Knight-Percival produces a cross.

90:00 +0:26

Ben Davies gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Lee Tomlin. Lee Tomlin restarts play with the free kick.

87:37

Foul by Ben Davies on Grant McCann, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Jack Payne.

84:40 Substitution

Substitution Will Hughes comes on in place of Craig Bryson.

84:12

Dwight Gayle is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Adam Legzdins.

83:17 Booking

Booking The referee shows Grant McCann a yellow card for dissent.

82:58

Alex Pritchard gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jeff Hendrick. Richard Keogh restarts play with the free kick.

81:43

Unfair challenge on Nathaniel Mendez-Laing by Craig Bryson results in a free kick. Craig Alcock takes the free kick.

80:28

Nathaniel Mendez-Laing sends in a cross.

77:15

Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Paul Coutts, clearance by Lee Tomlin.

76:56

Shot on goal by Paul Coutts from just inside the area clears the crossbar.

75:31 Substitution

Substitution Ben Davies comes on in place of Jamie Ward.

74:14

Dwight Gayle takes a shot. Save made by Adam Legzdins.

72:29

Lee Tomlin produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.

71:45

Paul Coutts is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Robert Olejnik.

71:27

Jamie Ward challenges Lee Tomlin unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Craig Alcock.

65:42

Jamie Ward fouled by Nathaniel Mendez-Laing, the ref awards a free kick. Adam Legzdins restarts play with the free kick.

64:00 Substitution

Substitution Alex Pritchard is brought on as a substitute for Danny Swanson.

63:49 Goal scored

Goal! - Grant McCann - Derby 3 - 1 Peterboro Grant McCann scores a penalty. Derby 3-1 Peterborough.

61:37 Substitution

Substitution Chris Martin leaves the field to be replaced by Adam Legzdins.

61:37 Dismissal

Dismissal The referee red cards Frank Fielding for professional foul.

60:52

Penalty awarded for an unfair challenge on Dwight Gayle by Frank Fielding.

58:44

Inswinging corner taken by Paul Coutts, Richard Keogh takes a shot. Robert Olejnik makes a save.

57:52

Lee Tomlin takes a shot. Blocked by Richard Keogh.

53:52

Craig Alcock takes the free kick.

53:52 Booking

Booking Jamie Ward receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.

53:45

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jamie Ward on Grant McCann.

53:16

Craig Forsyth challenges Dwight Gayle unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Craig Alcock.

51:40

The assist for the goal came from Craig Forsyth.

51:40 Goal scored

Goal! - Richard Keogh - Derby 3 - 0 Peterboro Richard Keogh grabs a headed goal from close in. Derby 3-0 Peterborough.

51:13

Corner taken right-footed by Jamie Ward to the near post,

50:39

Centre by Craig Forsyth.

49:20 Booking

Booking Booking for Danny Swanson.

49:02

Assist on the goal came from Paul Coutts.

49:02 Goal scored

Goal! - Chris Martin - Derby 2 - 0 Peterboro A goal is scored by Chris Martin from just inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Derby 2-0 Peterborough.

48:21

Conor Sammon takes a shot. Save by Robert Olejnik.

47:25

Grant McCann takes a shot. Blocked by Paul Coutts.

46:23

The ball is crossed by Craig Alcock, clearance by Jamie Ward.

45:58

Jack Payne takes a shot. Jake Buxton gets a block in.

45:01

The second half begins.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Grant McCann replaces Gabriel Zakuani.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Nathaniel Mendez-Laing replaces Kane Ferdinand.

45:00 +2:39 Half time

Half Time The players leave the pitch at half time.

45:00 +2:21

The ball is delivered by Paul Coutts, Danny Swanson makes a clearance.

45:00 +0:38

Dwight Gayle has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the goal.

42:45

Inswinging corner taken by Jamie Ward, Richard Keogh takes a shot. Short corner taken by Paul Coutts. Save made by Robert Olejnik.

42:31

Paul Coutts crosses the ball, Craig Alcock makes a clearance.

40:21

Assist on the goal came from Conor Sammon.

40:21 Goal scored

Goal! - Craig Bryson - Derby 1 - 0 Peterboro Craig Bryson scores a goal from inside the six-yard box high into the middle of the goal. Derby 1-0 Peterborough.

40:13

Conor Sammon delivers the ball,

38:13

Paul Coutts takes a shot. Craig Alcock manages to make a clearance.

36:33

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Craig Forsyth by Dwight Gayle. Jamie Ward takes the free kick.

34:56

Kane Ferdinand fouled by Conor Sammon, the ref awards a free kick. Jack Payne takes the free kick.

31:45

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Paul Coutts from the right by-line, Richard Keogh produces a header from inside the area that goes over the crossbar.

30:20

Corner taken by Jamie Ward from the left by-line, Header from deep inside the penalty area by Richard Keogh goes harmlessly over the crossbar.

28:54

Corner from the right by-line taken by Paul Coutts, Jeff Hendrick takes a shot. Save by Robert Olejnik.

28:42

The ball is delivered by Paul Coutts, Gabriel Zakuani manages to make a clearance.

27:54

Free kick awarded for a foul by Craig Bryson on Danny Swanson. Lee Tomlin takes the direct free kick.

26:25

Short corner taken by Conor Sammon from the right by-line, Craig Forsyth produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the net.

22:57

The referee blows for offside against Conor Sammon. Free kick taken by Nathaniel Knight-Percival.

22:21

Shot from just outside the box by Conor Sammon misses to the right of the target.

21:00

Paul Coutts takes a shot. Save made by Robert Olejnik.

18:45

Corner taken by Paul Coutts, Kane Ferdinand manages to make a clearance.

17:15 Booking

Booking John Brayford booked.

16:57

Unfair challenge on Danny Swanson by John Brayford results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Lee Tomlin.

16:36

Jamie Ward takes the outswinging corner, clearance made by Shaun Brisley.

16:25

John Brayford produces a cross, Jack Payne manages to make a clearance.

15:57

Unfair challenge on Craig Forsyth by Kane Ferdinand results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Craig Bryson.

15:36

Craig Bryson takes a shot. Robert Olejnik makes a save.

15:13

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Jamie Ward from the right by-line to the near post, Nathaniel Knight-Percival manages to make a clearance.

14:35

Free kick awarded for a foul by Nathaniel Knight-Percival on Jamie Ward. Direct free kick taken by Jamie Ward.

13:33

Dwight Gayle gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Craig Bryson. Free kick taken by Frank Fielding.

12:56

Outswinging corner taken by Lee Tomlin from the right by-line played to the near post, Craig Bryson manages to make a clearance.

9:55

Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Paul Coutts. Outswinging corner taken by Paul Coutts from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance by Lee Tomlin. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Paul Coutts from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Craig Alcock. Paul Coutts takes the outswinging corner, Lee Tomlin manages to make a clearance.

9:29

The ball is crossed by Chris Martin, Tommy Rowe makes a clearance.

8:56

Corner taken by Paul Coutts from the right by-line, Gabriel Zakuani manages to make a clearance.

7:51

Free kick awarded for a foul by Kane Ferdinand on Craig Bryson. Direct free kick taken by Richard Keogh.

6:57

Craig Alcock gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jamie Ward. Craig Forsyth restarts play with the free kick.

6:36

Paul Coutts takes a shot. Gabriel Zakuani gets a block in.

4:51

Centre by Paul Coutts, Jack Payne makes a clearance.

4:30

Short corner worked by Paul Coutts.

4:10

Short corner taken by Paul Coutts.

3:36

Gabriel Zakuani gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Craig Bryson. Jamie Ward takes the free kick.

1:39

Paul Coutts crosses the ball, clearance by Danny Swanson.

0:20

Chris Martin is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Robert Olejnik takes the free kick.

0:00

The referee gets the match started.

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