Derby strengthened their grip on a play-off place with a convincing win over Championship strugglers Charlton.

Patrick Bamford set up Johnny Russell to score the Rams' first goal and then pounced on a poor back-header by Johnny Jackson to squeeze home their second.

Charlton forced Derby keeper Lee Grant into several excellent stops.

But it was the home side who sealed victory six minutes from time when Chris Martin met a Craig Bryson corner with a glancing header past Ben Hamer.

Derby's win keeps them in fourth place in the table, and closes the gap to second-placed Burnley to 10 points.

It also means Steve McClaren's side have an 11-point lead over Nottingham Forest and Ipswich, the two teams closest to the play-off places, with six games remaining.

Charlton, who are only out of the relegation zone on goal difference, created the first clear chance when Reza Ghoochannejhad let fly from the edge of the area, but Grant pushed it behind to make his first significant stop of the day.

Derby scored with their first meaningful attack, which saw Jeff Hendrick play the ball in from the right before Bamford found Russell to turn and fire home a low shot.

Bamford made it 2-0 before half-time after Jackson's error and only an excellent Hamer save stopped Andre Wisdom adding a third.

Grant made further stops to deny Callum Harriott and Joe Piggott after the break but Derby's top scorer Martin made sure of victory with his 19th goal of the season.

Derby head coach Steve McClaren:

"I was pleased that the front three scored and we've got back to scoring goals, that's nine in a week and we've had two clean sheets as well.

"There's a good balance to the team which has shown its mettle and quality and shown it's ready for the run-in.

"We've got to keep this momentum going now and keep doing what we are doing."

Charlton head coach Jose Riga:

"We were not in the game at all in the first half and we had many difficulties.

"We were not able to play as we can and also we made some defensive mistakes but in the second half we created chances but we must be more efficient at good moments in the game.

"But the main thing is still to believe because I believe for sure that we can avoid relegation. It will not be an easy story but the players have to believe in it as well because we have put something in place.

"The important thing now is that we have a good recovery before we play Leeds on Tuesday. But I do believe and I want to be able, with the players, to write the last chapter in the way that we hope it will be."

Lineup, Bookings (0) & Substitutions (6)

Derby County

  • 01 Grant
  • 33 Wisdom
  • 03 Forsyth
  • 34 Thorne (Eustace - 70' )
  • 06 Keogh
  • 25 Buxton
  • 04 Bryson
  • 08 Hendrick
  • 09 Martin
  • 35 Bamford (Sammon - 71' )
  • 11 Russell (Naylor - 87' )

Substitutes

  • 12 Naylor
  • 14 Eustace
  • 15 O'Brien
  • 18 Sammon
  • 26 Legzdins
  • 27 Whitbread
  • 30 Bailey

Charlton Athletic

  • 01 Hamer
  • 23 Wilson
  • 16 Wiggins
  • 39 Poyet
  • 05 Morrison
  • 15 Wood
  • 08 Ghoochanneijhad (Harriott - 45' )
  • 24 Cousins
  • 10 Sordell (Pigott - 58' )
  • 04 Jackson (Petrucci - 82' )
  • 12 Obika

Substitutes

  • 02 Hughes
  • 11 Harriott
  • 18 Petrucci
  • 21 Thuram-Ulien
  • 25 Nego
  • 31 Lennon
  • 35 Pigott
Ref: Mark Haywood
Att: 24,429

Match Stats

Shots

24 12

On target

7 4

Corners

10 7

Fouls

5 8

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Derby County 3, Charlton Athletic 0.

90:00 +3:01 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Derby County 3, Charlton Athletic 0.

90:00 +2:18

Attempt missed. Jeff Hendrick (Derby County) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Craig Bryson.

89:33

Foul by Andre Wisdom (Derby County).

89:33

Callum Harriott (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

86:12 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Derby County. Lee Naylor replaces Johnny Russell.

85:44

Attempt missed. Davide Petrucci (Charlton Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Diego Poyet.

83:43 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Derby County 3, Charlton Athletic 0. Chris Martin (Derby County) header from the right side of the six yard box to the top left corner. Assisted by Craig Bryson with a cross following a corner.

83:06

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Rhoys Wiggins.

81:41

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

81:41

Foul by Diego Poyet (Charlton Athletic).

81:06 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Charlton Athletic. Davide Petrucci replaces Johnnie Jackson.

80:33

Attempt missed. Johnny Russell (Derby County) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Conor Sammon.

76:43

Corner, Charlton Athletic. Conceded by Richard Keogh.

76:12

Attempt saved. Richard Keogh (Derby County) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Jeff Hendrick with a cross.

75:44

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Richard Wood.

74:02

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Callum Harriott.

70:23 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Derby County. Conor Sammon replaces Patrick Bamford.

70:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Derby County. John Eustace replaces George Thorne.

63:11

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

60:59

Attempt saved. Joe Pigott (Charlton Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jonathan Obika.

59:49

Corner, Charlton Athletic. Conceded by Craig Forsyth.

58:58

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

58:58

Foul by Callum Harriott (Charlton Athletic).

58:31

Corner, Charlton Athletic. Conceded by George Thorne.

58:27

Attempt blocked. Jordan Cousins (Charlton Athletic) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Johnnie Jackson.

57:55 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Charlton Athletic. Joe Pigott replaces Marvin Sordell.

53:57

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

53:57

Foul by Marvin Sordell (Charlton Athletic).

52:18

Corner, Charlton Athletic. Conceded by Lee Grant.

52:17

Attempt saved. Callum Harriott (Charlton Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Richard Wood with a headed pass.

52:04

Attempt blocked. Callum Harriott (Charlton Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Marvin Sordell with a headed pass.

51:03

Corner, Charlton Athletic. Conceded by Richard Keogh.

51:02

Attempt blocked. Michael Morrison (Charlton Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jonathan Obika.

48:26

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

48:26

Foul by Diego Poyet (Charlton Athletic).

45:32

Attempt saved. Johnny Russell (Derby County) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Craig Bryson.

45:16

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

45:16

Foul by Johnnie Jackson (Charlton Athletic).

45:00

Second Half begins Derby County 2, Charlton Athletic 0.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Charlton Athletic. Callum Harriott replaces Reza Ghoochanneijhad.

45:00 +1:28 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Derby County 2, Charlton Athletic 0.

45:00 +1:00

Attempt saved. Andre Wisdom (Derby County) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Patrick Bamford.

44:31

Foul by Johnny Russell (Derby County).

44:31

Johnnie Jackson (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

44:08

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

44:08

Foul by Lawrie Wilson (Charlton Athletic).

42:00

Foul by Patrick Bamford (Derby County).

42:00

Diego Poyet (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

39:37

Attempt blocked. Reza Ghoochanneijhad (Charlton Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Lawrie Wilson.

37:37 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Derby County 2, Charlton Athletic 0. Patrick Bamford (Derby County) left footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner.

35:20

Corner, Charlton Athletic. Conceded by Jake Buxton.

35:13

Attempt blocked. Reza Ghoochanneijhad (Charlton Athletic) left footed shot from more than 35 yards is blocked. Assisted by Marvin Sordell.

34:20

Attempt missed. Patrick Bamford (Derby County) header from very close range is too high. Assisted by George Thorne following a corner.

33:49

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Diego Poyet.

30:11

Attempt saved. Johnnie Jackson (Charlton Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

29:22

Foul by Jake Buxton (Derby County).

29:22

Jonathan Obika (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

28:49

Attempt blocked. Richard Keogh (Derby County) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Craig Bryson with a cross.

28:15

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Diego Poyet.

28:14

Attempt saved. George Thorne (Derby County) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Patrick Bamford.

26:29

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Richard Wood.

25:37

Attempt missed. Jeff Hendrick (Derby County) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

24:49

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Diego Poyet.

24:47

Attempt blocked. Jeff Hendrick (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by George Thorne.

23:03

Attempt blocked. Reza Ghoochanneijhad (Charlton Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jonathan Obika.

21:55

Attempt missed. Johnny Russell (Derby County) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right from a direct free kick.

21:04

Patrick Bamford (Derby County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

21:04

Foul by Richard Wood (Charlton Athletic).

19:25

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

17:39 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Derby County 1, Charlton Athletic 0. Johnny Russell (Derby County) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Patrick Bamford.

16:44

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

16:44

Foul by Jonathan Obika (Charlton Athletic).

16:13

Attempt missed. Craig Bryson (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right following a corner.

15:45

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Michael Morrison.

15:35

Attempt missed. Patrick Bamford (Derby County) left footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left.

15:30

Attempt blocked. Craig Forsyth (Derby County) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Craig Bryson.

14:30

Attempt missed. Johnny Russell (Derby County) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

14:26

Attempt blocked. Craig Bryson (Derby County) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Chris Martin.

13:28

Corner, Charlton Athletic. Conceded by Lee Grant.

13:24

Attempt saved. Johnnie Jackson (Charlton Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Marvin Sordell.

11:54

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Lawrie Wilson.

9:13

Foul by Jeff Hendrick (Derby County).

9:13

Reza Ghoochanneijhad (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

7:32

Attempt missed. George Thorne (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Craig Forsyth following a corner.

6:47

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Rhoys Wiggins.

4:24

Attempt blocked. Craig Forsyth (Derby County) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Patrick Bamford.

1:50

Attempt missed. Craig Bryson (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by George Thorne.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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