Derby County scored three times in the opening 29 minutes to beat Wigan Athletic and move up to fifth position in the Championship.

Scotland international midfielder Craig Bryson powered home a 20-yard free kick early on before Tottenham loanee Simon Dawkins pounced on a defensive error.

Steve McClaren's side sealed the win when Chris Martin converted a penalty after he was fouled by James McClean.

Nick Powell's header reduced the deficit but Derby claimed the victory.

The Latics have now lost three consecutive games including a 2-1 defeat to SV Zulte Waregem in the Europa League on Thursday.

Wigan were never in this contest as confident Derby took the game to the hosts from the off and were rewarded when Bryson's superbly-placed set piece beat Lee Nicholls.

The Wigan keeper picked the ball out of his own net again 12 minutes later when Dawkins collected a loose ball from Ben Watson's error before finishing well.

Derby's away turnaround

Steve McClaren's side have now won six away games in the league this term. They claimed victory only four times away from Pride Park in the whole of last season.

Richard Keogh headed wide from another Bryson free kick for Derby, who continued to dominate, before Martin's ninth goal of the season put the league's top scorers further in front.

Wigan could have reduced the arrears moments before the break when Stephen Crainey's free kick came back off the crossbar.

But after being jeered off at half-time and bringing on Grant Holt and Roger Espinoza, Wigan improved in the second 45 minutes.

They scored immediately through Powell's header, his sixth goal of the campaign, from Emmerson's Boyce cross and had numerous chances to set up a grandstand finish.

Jake Buxton sliced a clearance against his own bar from Holt's cross before Lee Grant made a fine save to keep out on-loan Manchester United midfielder Powell's volley.

Wigan manager Owen Coyle on the club's fans:

"The expectation can only come from being in the Premier League because it's not as if Wigan Athletic have been winning games every week for four or five years, far from it.

"If people want to be ultra critical that's the nature of football these days. I'm old enough to deal with that. If they think there's something better that's all well and good."

Derby head coach Steve McClaren:

"I've played many Sunday games after Europe and they are so hard.

"Normally you play the first half to get to the second half, that's what we call it. So we said we have to play a high tempo first half, squeeze, press, and the team did that.

"I think we took Wigan by surprise and the goals were terrific, the football was terrific and we controlled the game from start to finish."

Lineup, Bookings (7) & Substitutions (6)

Wigan Athletic

  • 13 Nicholls
  • 17 Boyce
  • 03 Crainey
  • 16 McArthur Booked
  • 21 Ramis
  • 25 Barnett
  • 11 McClean Booked
  • 08 Watson Booked (Espinoza - 45' )
  • 19 Powell Booked
  • 31 Keane (Holt - 45' )
  • 15 McManaman (Fortuné - 84' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Carson
  • 04 Shotton
  • 07 McCann
  • 09 Holt
  • 14 Jordi Gómez
  • 18 Espinoza
  • 32 Fortuné

Derby County

  • 01 Grant Booked
  • 33 Wisdom
  • 03 Forsyth
  • 14 Eustace Booked (Hendrick - 62' )
  • 06 Keogh
  • 25 Buxton
  • 04 Bryson
  • 19 Hughes (Cissé - 85' )
  • 09 Martin
  • 32 Dawkins Booked
  • 11 Russell (Bennett - 58' )

Substitutes

  • 08 Hendrick
  • 16 Davies
  • 18 Sammon
  • 20 Bennett
  • 26 Legzdins
  • 34 Cissé
  • 35 Keane
Ref: David Coote
Att: 15,097

Match Stats

Shots

15 7

On target

7 3

Corners

8 2

Fouls

22 23

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Wigan Athletic 1, Derby County 3.

90:00 +5:01 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Wigan Athletic 1, Derby County 3.

90:00 +3:27

Offside, Wigan Athletic. Roger Espinoza tries a through ball, but Grant Holt is caught offside.

90:00 +2:55

Attempt saved. Grant Holt (Wigan Athletic) with an attempt from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Nick Powell with a cross.

90:00 +1:34

Roger Espinoza (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +1:34

Foul by Jeff Hendrick (Derby County).

90:00 +1:00

Attempt saved. Leon Barnett (Wigan Athletic) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Stephen Crainey with a cross.

90:00 +0:01

Attempt missed. Grant Holt (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by James McArthur.

89:30

Leon Barnett (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

89:30

Foul by Simon Dawkins (Derby County).

88:16

Attempt missed. Nick Powell (Wigan Athletic) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Stephen Crainey following a set piece situation.

87:57

Grant Holt (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

87:57

Foul by Kalifa Cissé (Derby County).

87:38

Attempt missed. Chris Martin (Derby County) left footed shot from the left side of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Jeff Hendrick.

86:53

Foul by Leon Barnett (Wigan Athletic).

86:53

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

85:33

Attempt saved. Leon Barnett (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Stephen Crainey.

85:09

Grant Holt (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

85:09

Foul by Craig Forsyth (Derby County).

84:33 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Derby County. Kalifa Cissé replaces Will Hughes.

83:39

Offside, Derby County. Chris Martin tries a through ball, but Will Hughes is caught offside.

83:12 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Marc-Antoine Fortuné replaces Callum McManaman.

77:38

Foul by James McArthur (Wigan Athletic).

77:38

Craig Bryson (Derby County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

75:42

Attempt missed. Will Hughes (Derby County) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Mason Bennett.

74:09

Callum McManaman (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

74:09

Foul by Simon Dawkins (Derby County).

73:51 Booking

Booking James McArthur (Wigan Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

73:20

Foul by James McArthur (Wigan Athletic).

73:20

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

71:35

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Andre Wisdom.

71:05

Callum McManaman (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

71:05

Foul by Will Hughes (Derby County).

70:37

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Lee Grant.

70:35

Attempt saved. Nick Powell (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner.

69:22

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Iván Ramis.

68:09

Attempt missed. Nick Powell (Wigan Athletic) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Grant Holt with a headed pass.

67:06

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Andre Wisdom.

66:43

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Craig Forsyth.

65:22

Foul by Iván Ramis (Wigan Athletic).

65:22

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

63:37

Foul by Iván Ramis (Wigan Athletic).

63:37

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

63:08

Attempt missed. Roger Espinoza (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Nick Powell.

62:26

Offside, Derby County. Jeff Hendrick tries a through ball, but Will Hughes is caught offside.

61:31 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Derby County. Jeff Hendrick replaces John Eustace.

59:35 Booking

Booking Simon Dawkins (Derby County) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

59:31

Emmerson Boyce (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

59:31

Foul by Simon Dawkins (Derby County).

57:47 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Derby County. Mason Bennett replaces Johnny Russell.

57:16

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

57:16 Booking

Booking John Eustace (Derby County) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

56:46

Delay in match Nick Powell (Wigan Athletic) because of an injury.

56:35

Nick Powell (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

56:35

Foul by John Eustace (Derby County).

54:48

Leon Barnett (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

54:48

Foul by Chris Martin (Derby County).

54:11

Offside, Derby County. Craig Forsyth tries a through ball, but Craig Bryson is caught offside.

53:09

Foul by Nick Powell (Wigan Athletic).

53:09

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

52:56

Iván Ramis (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

52:56

Dangerous play by Chris Martin (Derby County).

52:09

Hand ball by Craig Bryson (Derby County).

51:09

Foul by Roger Espinoza (Wigan Athletic).

51:09

John Eustace (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

50:30

Attempt missed. James McArthur (Wigan Athletic) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by James McClean with a cross.

49:34 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Wigan Athletic 1, Derby County 3. Nick Powell (Wigan Athletic) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Emmerson Boyce with a cross.

48:49

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Johnny Russell.

48:03

Attempt saved. Leon Barnett (Wigan Athletic) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Stephen Crainey with a cross.

47:22

Roger Espinoza (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

47:22

Foul by Will Hughes (Derby County).

46:22

Foul by Nick Powell (Wigan Athletic).

46:22

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

45:00

Second Half begins Wigan Athletic 0, Derby County 3.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Roger Espinoza replaces Ben Watson.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Grant Holt replaces William Keane.

45:00 +3:21 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Wigan Athletic 0, Derby County 3.

45:00 +2:45 Booking

Booking James McClean (Wigan Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

45:00 +2:21

Foul by James McClean (Wigan Athletic).

45:00 +2:21

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

45:00 +1:13

Foul by Emmerson Boyce (Wigan Athletic).

45:00 +1:13

John Eustace (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00 +0:42

James McArthur (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

45:00 +0:42

Foul by Chris Martin (Derby County).

45:00 +0:02

Stephen Crainey (Wigan Athletic) hits the bar with a left footed shot from outside the box from a direct free kick.

44:06

James McClean (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

44:06

Foul by John Eustace (Derby County).

42:00

Foul by Iván Ramis (Wigan Athletic).

42:00

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

41:17

James McArthur (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

41:17

Foul by Will Hughes (Derby County).

40:35

Offside, Wigan Athletic. Callum McManaman tries a through ball, but William Keane is caught offside.

39:58

Foul by Callum McManaman (Wigan Athletic).

39:58

Craig Bryson (Derby County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

38:39

Foul by William Keane (Wigan Athletic).

38:39

Jake Buxton (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

35:41

Offside, Wigan Athletic. Leon Barnett tries a through ball, but William Keane is caught offside.

35:05

Attempt missed. Will Hughes (Derby County) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

34:34

Foul by Nick Powell (Wigan Athletic).

34:34

Craig Forsyth (Derby County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

32:38 Booking

Booking Ben Watson (Wigan Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

32:15

Foul by Ben Watson (Wigan Athletic).

32:15

Johnny Russell (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

31:14

Foul by James McArthur (Wigan Athletic).

31:14

Johnny Russell (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

30:17

Emmerson Boyce (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

30:17

Foul by Simon Dawkins (Derby County).

30:06

Emmerson Boyce (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

30:06

Foul by Chris Martin (Derby County).

28:33 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Wigan Athletic 0, Derby County 3. Chris Martin (Derby County) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

27:34

Penalty conceded by James McClean (Wigan Athletic) after a foul in the penalty area.

27:34

Penalty Derby County. Chris Martin draws a foul in the penalty area.

26:04

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Craig Forsyth.

24:20

Attempt missed. Craig Forsyth (Derby County) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Craig Bryson following a set piece situation.

23:35

Foul by Iván Ramis (Wigan Athletic).

23:35

Johnny Russell (Derby County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

23:12

Attempt saved. Leon Barnett (Wigan Athletic) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Callum McManaman with a cross.

22:49

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Craig Bryson.

20:04

Nick Powell (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

20:04

Foul by John Eustace (Derby County).

19:37

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Craig Forsyth.

18:37

James McArthur (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

18:37

Foul by Chris Martin (Derby County).

18:08

Foul by Leon Barnett (Wigan Athletic).

18:08

Andre Wisdom (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

16:17

Attempt missed. Nick Powell (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by William Keane.

14:13 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Wigan Athletic 0, Derby County 2. Simon Dawkins (Derby County) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner.

13:11

Ben Watson (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

13:11

Foul by Simon Dawkins (Derby County).

11:01

Nick Powell (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

11:01

Foul by John Eustace (Derby County).

10:30

Dangerous play by William Keane (Wigan Athletic).

10:30

John Eustace (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

9:52

Nick Powell (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

9:52

Foul by Craig Forsyth (Derby County).

8:28

Foul by James McClean (Wigan Athletic).

8:28

Johnny Russell (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

7:43

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Stephen Crainey.

5:59

Attempt missed. Ben Watson (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by William Keane.

3:42

Foul by John Eustace (Derby County).

3:42

Emmerson Boyce (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

2:22 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Wigan Athletic 0, Derby County 1. Craig Bryson (Derby County) from a free kick with a right footed shot to the top right corner.

1:59

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

1:13 Booking

Booking Nick Powell (Wigan Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

1:02

Delay in match Iván Ramis (Wigan Athletic) because of an injury.

0:47

Simon Dawkins (Derby County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

0:47

Foul by Nick Powell (Wigan Athletic).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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