Derby maintained their hopes of automatic promotion with Chris Martin's late goal sealing victory over Bournemouth.

The visitors were the better side in the first half but wasted chances, the best when Matt Ritchie hit a post.

But Martin curled a 20-yard free-kick into the top corner to clinch another three Championship points.

The result keeps them two points behind second-placed Burnley, who they play next Saturday.

Bournemouth are now just nine points clear of the relegation places after the bottom three all won but could have taken more from the game.

Ritchie was close to giving the visitors a shock lead in the 16th minute when he smashed a low shot from 18 yards against the foot of Lee Grant's left post.

There was another scare for Derby in the 20th minute when Tokelo Rantie set up Lewis Grabban, who drifted across the box before firing just wide. Rantie's pace then created danger when Richard Keogh almost divert the ball into his own net three minutes later.

Bournemouth had another opportunity in the 27th minute when Grabban cleverly turned Andre Wisdom and raced clear on the right, but his finish lacked the power to beat Grant.

Derby had been flat and Steve McClaren made two changes at the start of the second half with Connor Sammon replacing Patrick Bamford and John Eustace giving way for Simon Dawkins.

There was certainly more urgency about the home side after that and the substitutes combined in the 53rd minute when Dawkins pulled the ball back from the left and Sammon was foiled at the near post by former Derby goalkeeper Lee Camp.

The promotion chasers were starting to pressurise the Bournemouth defence and they almost scored in the 67th minute when Martin's low cross found Johnny Russell at the back post but he was denied by a goal-line clearance.

However, the goal Derby had been threatening finally arrived in the 85th minute when Will Hughes was tripped just outside the box and Martin curled his free-kick from 20 yards over the wall and into the top-left corner of Camp's goal.

Post-match: Derby boss McClaren

Derby head coach Steve McClaren:

"It was a game of two halves and 0-0 at half-time was a great score for us.

"They had kind of missed their chance and we knew that and knew we would have ours. We were waiting for that one moment of quality and in the end we got it.

"We took a risk to win the game, other days it won't work but today it did. It depends what kind of team you've got and with this team, we can open it right up, we have the quality in the squad.

"This team is attacking and scores goals and sometimes, you have to let them loose."

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe:

Post-match: Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe

"We performed really well in the first half and should have been ahead.

"It was more backs to the wall in the second but I thought we defended really well and couldn't see Derby scoring from open play, it was a really good rearguard display.

"We feel hard done by with the goal and how it came about but that's life for us today I'm afraid.

"My immediate reaction was that it wasn't a foul, I thought Tommy (Elphick) took the ball, he's an honest player and his reaction spoke volumes.

"But we created good chances and had good situations we didn't make the most of but the pleasing thing for me today was the never-say-die attitude, the players never gave up, even late into the game when we were trying to get a point."

Lineup, Bookings (6) & Substitutions (5)

Derby County

  • 01 Grant
  • 33 Wisdom
  • 03 Forsyth Booked
  • 14 Eustace (Sammon - 45' )
  • 06 Keogh
  • 25 Buxton Booked
  • 08 Hendrick
  • 19 Hughes
  • 09 Martin
  • 35 Bamford (Dawkins - 45' )
  • 11 Russell

Substitutes

  • 15 O'Brien
  • 18 Sammon
  • 26 Legzdins
  • 27 Whitbread
  • 30 Bailey
  • 32 Dawkins
  • 34 Thorne

AFC Bournemouth

  • 42 Camp Booked
  • 02 Francis Booked
  • 14 Harte
  • 08 Arter Booked
  • 05 Elphick Booked
  • 03 Cook
  • 30 Ritchie (Fraser - 70' )
  • 04 Surman
  • 28 Rantie (Kermorgant - 58' )
  • 09 Grabban
  • 07 Pugh (MacDonald - 75' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Allsop
  • 10 Pitman
  • 15 Smith
  • 16 MacDonald
  • 18 Kermorgant
  • 20 Fraser
  • 21 Coulibaly
Ref: Mark Heywood
Att: 27,306

Match Stats

Shots

13 10

On target

2 1

Corners

8 4

Fouls

10 10

Live Text Commentary

Full time

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

90:00 +6:25 Full time

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

90:00 +6:12

Attempt missed. Ian Harte (Bournemouth) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

90:00 +4:50

Foul by Simon Dawkins (Derby County).

90:00 +4:50

Andrew Surman (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

88:30 Booking

Booking Simon Francis (Bournemouth) is shown the yellow card.

88:09

Conor Sammon (Derby County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

88:09

Foul by Steve Cook (Bournemouth).

84:35 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Derby County 1, Bournemouth 0. Chris Martin (Derby County) from a free kick with a right footed shot to the top right corner.

83:35 Booking

Booking Tommy Elphick (Bournemouth) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

83:03

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

83:03

Foul by Tommy Elphick (Bournemouth).

80:46 Booking

Booking Harry Arter (Bournemouth) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

80:20

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

80:20

Foul by Harry Arter (Bournemouth).

79:30

Foul by Chris Martin (Derby County).

79:30

Shaun MacDonald (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

78:31 Booking

Booking Craig Forsyth (Derby County) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

78:20

Foul by Craig Forsyth (Derby County).

78:20

Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth) wins a free kick on the right wing.

77:08

Attempt blocked. Conor Sammon (Derby County) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is blocked. Assisted by Jeff Hendrick with a cross.

74:48 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bournemouth. Shaun MacDonald replaces Marc Pugh.

73:40

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Steve Cook.

73:38

Attempt blocked. Chris Martin (Derby County) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Simon Dawkins.

72:15

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

72:15

Foul by Marc Pugh (Bournemouth).

71:29

Attempt missed. Yann Kermorgant (Bournemouth) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Marc Pugh with a cross.

70:54

Foul by Will Hughes (Derby County).

70:54

Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth) wins a free kick on the right wing.

69:55 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bournemouth. Ryan Fraser replaces Matt Ritchie.

67:19

Attempt blocked. Johnny Russell (Derby County) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

66:08

Hand ball by Chris Martin (Derby County).

65:47

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

63:51

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

63:36

Offside, Derby County. Conor Sammon tries a through ball, but Chris Martin is caught offside.

61:09

Attempt missed. Jeff Hendrick (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Simon Dawkins.

59:33 Booking

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

59:01

Foul by Jake Buxton (Derby County).

59:01

Yann Kermorgant (Bournemouth) wins a free kick on the right wing.

58:11

Attempt missed. Steve Cook (Bournemouth) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Ian Harte with a cross following a set piece situation.

57:49 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bournemouth. Yann Kermorgant replaces Tokelo Rantie.

56:59

Foul by Jake Buxton (Derby County).

56:59

Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth) wins a free kick on the right wing.

55:24

Offside, Bournemouth. Harry Arter tries a through ball, but Tokelo Rantie is caught offside.

54:43

Offside, Derby County. Conor Sammon tries a through ball, but Andre Wisdom is caught offside.

53:15

Attempt blocked. Conor Sammon (Derby County) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Simon Dawkins with a cross.

51:47

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Simon Francis.

51:00

Attempt missed. Chris Martin (Derby County) header from a difficult angle on the left is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Jeff Hendrick with a cross following a corner.

50:50

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

50:24 Booking

Booking Lee Camp (Bournemouth) is shown the yellow card.

49:40

Delay in match Harry Arter (Bournemouth) because of an injury.

49:35

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Tommy Elphick.

47:30

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Marc Pugh.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Derby County. Simon Dawkins replaces Patrick Bamford.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Derby County. Conor Sammon replaces John Eustace.

45:00

Second Half begins Derby County 0, Bournemouth 0.

45:00 +1:16 Half time

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

45:00 +1:09

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Craig Forsyth.

45:00 +0:55

Attempt blocked. Tokelo Rantie (Bournemouth) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Marc Pugh.

45:00 +0:42

Attempt blocked. Johnny Russell (Derby County) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jeff Hendrick.

44:57

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Tommy Elphick.

44:40

Attempt missed. Tommy Elphick (Bournemouth) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Marc Pugh with a cross.

43:41

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Johnny Russell.

42:59

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

40:45

Attempt missed. Lewis Grabban (Bournemouth) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Ian Harte.

36:04

Offside, Bournemouth. Ian Harte tries a through ball, but Lewis Grabban is caught offside.

33:23

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

33:23

Foul by Ian Harte (Bournemouth).

32:36

Foul by Will Hughes (Derby County).

32:36

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

30:36

Attempt blocked. Jeff Hendrick (Derby County) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

30:05

Richard Keogh (Derby County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

30:05

Foul by Lewis Grabban (Bournemouth).

29:08

Attempt missed. Lewis Grabban (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left following a corner.

28:37

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Chris Martin.

27:40

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Jake Buxton.

26:53

Attempt saved. Lewis Grabban (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Harry Arter.

25:33

Foul by Will Hughes (Derby County).

25:33

Andrew Surman (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

23:50

Foul by Harry Arter (Bournemouth).

23:50

Jeff Hendrick (Derby County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

22:17

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Richard Keogh.

19:49

Attempt missed. Lewis Grabban (Bournemouth) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Tokelo Rantie.

16:17

Richard Keogh (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

16:17

Foul by Tokelo Rantie (Bournemouth).

15:48

Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth) hits the right post with a left footed shot from the right side of the box. Assisted by Tokelo Rantie.

15:02

Hand ball by (Bournemouth).

14:49

Attempt missed. Patrick Bamford (Derby County) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box misses to the left. Assisted by John Eustace following a corner.

14:48

Attempt missed. John Eustace (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a corner.

14:24

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Marc Pugh.

13:59

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Simon Francis.

13:55

Attempt blocked. Will Hughes (Derby County) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Patrick Bamford.

13:11

Foul by Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth).

13:11

Johnny Russell (Derby County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

4:14

Andrew Surman (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

4:14

Foul by Andre Wisdom (Derby County).

0:51

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Andrew Surman.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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