Jamie Ward's goal helped Derby edge a hard-fought game at Bournemouth.

After a lively but cagey first half, Ward broke the deadlock on the hour when he powered home Craig Forsyth's left-wing cross from close range.

Until then, Bournemouth's ex-Rams keeper Lee Camp had kept his old side at bay, saving from Ward, Chris Martin and on-loan Simon Dawkins.

Tokelo Rantie went close for the Cherries, while substitute Matt Ritchie nearly conjured a late equaliser.

The ex-Swindon winger, League One's player of the year last season, was making his first appearance of 2013-14 after a thigh injury.

Ritchie was nearly able to save the day for Eddie Howe's side, whipping in a cross which fellow substitute Ryan Fraser headed wide, and threatening Lee Grant's goal twice himself.

But as the Cherries pressed for a leveller, Camp was called upon twice more to deny Derby substitute Mason Bennett when the visitors threatened a second on the break.

Derby, who moved to within a point of the play-offs, had the better of the early exchanges, with reported Liverpool target Will Hughes setting up Ward, but Camp smothered his shot before tipping over Martin's volley.

Bournemouth gradually improved as South Africa striker Rantie surged forward and fired in a fierce shot from an acute angle which Grant had to block at his near post.

Camp proved equal to efforts from Ward and Dawkins, while the loud contingent of 1,391 away fans had a heart-stopping moment when Brett Pitman's swirling cross slipped out of the unchallenged Grant's gloves like a bar of soap, and Derby defender Jake Buxton was cautioned for scything down the lively Rantie as the first period drew to a close.

On loan from West Brom, Camp turned provider when he threw the ball out to Lewis Grabban, who scampered down the right and crossed but Pitman volleyed wide, while Marc Pugh's control let him down from another Grabban cross.

But after trying his luck with a 30-yard free-kick, Ward's fierce shot opened the scoring as Camp's goal was finally breached.

Bournemouth, playing in front of their highest home crowd of the season, introduced Ritchie and Fraser and that nearly paid dividends as Ritchie had a shot deflected for a corner and blasted another effort wide from the resulting flag-kick, while the other two Cherries replacements combined as Fraser headed Wes Thomas's cross wide.

But Steve McClaren's side were able to see out the victory, while Bournemouth finished with 10 men after defender Steve Cook was carried off on a stretcher in stoppage time.

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe:

"I thought Derby were good and the best team we have played this season.

"We don't like losing games as it is certainly something we are not used to.

"I said at the start of the year that any expectation other than survival is way out of what it should be."

Derby manager Steve McClaren:

"It is hard to say if we are play-off material. I said before the match we just go week to week and enjoy what we are doing.

"We could have had more goals but in the end our defenders and goalkeeper were great in helping us hold on when they threw the kitchen sink at us.

"It was an unbelievable team goal and it was just reward from what was a gritty performance and one that keeps our momentum going."

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (6)

AFC Bournemouth

  • 42 Camp
  • 02 Francis Booked
  • 11 Daniels
  • 16 MacDonald
  • 05 Elphick
  • 03 Cook Booked
  • 10 Pitman (Thomas - 74' )
  • 32 O'Kane
  • 28 Rantie (Ritchie - 64' )
  • 09 Grabban
  • 07 Pugh (Fraser - 63' )

Substitutes

  • 04 Surman
  • 14 Harte
  • 15 Thomas
  • 20 Fraser
  • 24 Addison
  • 25 Flahavan
  • 30 Ritchie

Derby County

  • 01 Grant
  • 33 Wisdom
  • 03 Forsyth
  • 14 Eustace
  • 06 Keogh
  • 25 Buxton Booked
  • 04 Bryson
  • 19 Hughes Booked
  • 09 Martin (Sammon - 88' )
  • 32 Dawkins (Bennett - 74' )
  • 10 Ward (Russell - 79' )

Substitutes

  • 02 Smith
  • 11 Russell
  • 16 Davies
  • 18 Sammon
  • 20 Bennett
  • 22 Ball
  • 24 Morch
Ref: Steve Martin
Att: 10,720

Match Stats

Shots

14 16

On target

3 8

Corners

8 6

Fouls

9 11

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Bournemouth 0, Derby County 1.

90:00 +9:58 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Bournemouth 0, Derby County 1.

90:00 +9:34

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

90:00 +9:16

Steve Cook went off injured after Bournemouth had used all subs.

90:00 +4:35

Delay in match Steve Cook (Bournemouth) because of an injury.

90:00 +4:24

Attempt saved. Steve Cook (Bournemouth) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Matt Ritchie with a headed pass.

90:00 +4:01

Offside, Derby County. Jake Buxton tries a through ball, but Conor Sammon is caught offside.

87:48 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Derby County. Conor Sammon replaces Chris Martin.

87:13

Offside, Derby County. Johnny Russell tries a through ball, but Chris Martin is caught offside.

85:53

Attempt saved. Mason Bennett (Derby County) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Johnny Russell.

84:51

Offside, Derby County. Chris Martin tries a through ball, but Mason Bennett is caught offside.

84:31 Booking

Booking Steve Cook (Bournemouth) is shown the yellow card.

84:17

Attempt saved. Mason Bennett (Derby County) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Johnny Russell.

83:21

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Andre Wisdom.

83:20

Attempt blocked. Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Matt Ritchie.

82:08

Foul by Johnny Russell (Derby County).

82:08

Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

81:15

Attempt missed. Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Wes Thomas with a cross.

79:39

Attempt missed. Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth) left footed shot from outside the box is too high following a corner.

79:16

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Jake Buxton.

79:14

Attempt blocked. Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Simon Francis.

78:59 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Derby County. Johnny Russell replaces Jamie Ward because of an injury.

78:27

Foul by Jamie Ward (Derby County).

78:27

Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

77:08

Craig Forsyth (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

77:08

Foul by Eunan O'Kane (Bournemouth).

76:20 Booking

Booking Will Hughes (Derby County) is shown the yellow card.

75:22

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Simon Francis.

73:49 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Derby County. Mason Bennett replaces Simon Dawkins.

73:27 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bournemouth. Wes Thomas replaces Brett Pitman.

72:57

Attempt missed. Eunan O'Kane (Bournemouth) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Matt Ritchie with a cross.

72:09

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

71:05

Delay in match Jamie Ward (Derby County) because of an injury.

70:55

Foul by Jamie Ward (Derby County).

70:55

Charlie Daniels (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

67:44

Attempt saved. Jamie Ward (Derby County) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Chris Martin.

64:47

Attempt missed. Brett Pitman (Bournemouth) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Ryan Fraser with a cross.

63:33 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bournemouth. Matt Ritchie replaces Tokelo Rantie.

62:58 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bournemouth. Ryan Fraser replaces Marc Pugh.

62:42

Attempt missed. Will Hughes (Derby County) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Chris Martin following a corner.

62:03

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Simon Francis.

60:49 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Bournemouth 0, Derby County 1. Jamie Ward (Derby County) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Craig Forsyth with a cross.

58:04

Attempt saved. Jamie Ward (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

57:05

Craig Bryson (Derby County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

57:05

Foul by Shaun MacDonald (Bournemouth).

56:11

Foul by Jamie Ward (Derby County).

56:11

Steve Cook (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

55:10

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Jamie Ward.

51:15

Offside, Bournemouth. Brett Pitman tries a through ball, but Marc Pugh is caught offside.

48:25

Attempt missed. Chris Martin (Derby County) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Simon Dawkins.

47:47

Attempt missed. Brett Pitman (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Lewis Grabban with a cross.

46:20

Chris Martin (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

46:20

Foul by Tommy Elphick (Bournemouth).

45:00

Second Half begins Bournemouth 0, Derby County 0.

45:00 +1:18 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Bournemouth 0, Derby County 0.

45:00 +0:48 Booking

Booking Simon Francis (Bournemouth) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

45:00 +0:35

Will Hughes (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00 +0:35

Foul by Simon Francis (Bournemouth).

43:51

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Shaun MacDonald.

43:50

Attempt blocked. Simon Dawkins (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Craig Bryson.

43:22

Attempt blocked. Chris Martin (Derby County) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

41:37 Booking

Booking Jake Buxton (Derby County) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

41:25

Foul by Jake Buxton (Derby County).

41:25

Tokelo Rantie (Bournemouth) wins a free kick on the right wing.

40:01

Will Hughes (Derby County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

40:01

Foul by Shaun MacDonald (Bournemouth).

38:53

Will Hughes (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

38:53

Foul by Eunan O'Kane (Bournemouth).

38:00

Hand ball by Craig Forsyth (Derby County).

37:07

Chris Martin (Derby County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

37:07

Foul by Shaun MacDonald (Bournemouth).

34:23

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Andre Wisdom.

33:40

Hand ball by Jamie Ward (Derby County).

32:06

Foul by Chris Martin (Derby County).

32:06

Lee Camp (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

31:49

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Eunan O'Kane.

31:04

Simon Dawkins (Derby County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

31:04

Foul by Simon Francis (Bournemouth).

29:48

Foul by Chris Martin (Derby County).

29:48

Eunan O'Kane (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

27:31

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Craig Forsyth.

27:00

Attempt saved. Jamie Ward (Derby County) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Simon Dawkins.

23:13

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Andre Wisdom.

22:49

Attempt blocked. Charlie Daniels (Bournemouth) left footed shot from more than 40 yards on the right wing is blocked.

22:08

Foul by Simon Dawkins (Derby County).

22:08

Simon Francis (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

20:20

Attempt blocked. Jamie Ward (Derby County) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Andre Wisdom.

19:19

Offside, Bournemouth. Marc Pugh tries a through ball, but Tokelo Rantie is caught offside.

17:54

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Lee Grant.

17:52

Attempt saved. Tokelo Rantie (Bournemouth) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Lewis Grabban.

16:56

Foul by Richard Keogh (Derby County).

16:56

Tommy Elphick (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

16:40

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Charlie Daniels.

16:13

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Lee Camp.

16:05

Attempt saved. Chris Martin (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

12:48

Attempt blocked. Craig Bryson (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Simon Dawkins.

11:05

Attempt saved. Jamie Ward (Derby County) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Will Hughes.

9:35

Chris Martin (Derby County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

9:35

Foul by Simon Francis (Bournemouth).

5:00

Attempt missed. Brett Pitman (Bournemouth) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Charlie Daniels.

4:09

Attempt missed. Simon Dawkins (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Jamie Ward.

2:36

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Jake Buxton.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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