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Derby County 3-1 Doncaster Rovers

Derby's impressive form under Steve McClaren continued against Doncaster as they recorded seven consecutive league wins for the first time since 1995.

Goals from Jamie Ward, Simon Dawkins and Craig Bryson secured the points for the Rams who are now just three points outside the automatic promotion spots.

The hosts could even afford the luxury of a missed penalty from Chris Martin and a Jake Buxton own goal.

Derby have lost once since McClaren replaced Nigel Clough in charge.

Doncaster handed Derby the initiative early on when Luke McCullough failed to deal with a bouncing ball on the edge of his area which allowed Martin to pounce and play in Ward, who rolled the ball past Ross Turnbull from eight yards.

Striker Theo Robinson, who left Derby for Doncaster in August, had a shot deflected over in the 22nd minute and ex-England boss McClaren was forced to make a change in defence three minutes later when skipper Richard Keogh was replaced by Michael Keane.

The Rams were then awarded a penalty when McCullough barged over Martin after Bryson's pass opened up Doncaster's defence. However, Turnbull guessed correctly and dived to his right to save Martin's spot-kick.

Doncaster, without a win since a 2-1 victory over QPR last month, had played some neat passing football in the first half without seriously threatening the Derby goal but they had two chances to equalise at the start of the second.

Those misses cost the visitors in the 50th minute when Derby increased their lead.

Dawkins, on loan from Tottenham, picked up the ball just outside the centre circle and ran at a retreating defence before firing low past Turnbull from just inside the area.

Doncaster pulled one back when Buxton headed a cross into his own net under pressure but Derby restored their two-goal cushion when a clever pass by Martin sent Bryson into the area and the midfielder placed his shot inside Turnbull's left-hand post from 12 yards.

Derby manager Steve McClaren:

"I don't want to dampen expectations. I want there to be a buzz because that's what fans want but in the dressing room and the training ground, it's business as normal.

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Post-match: Derby coach McClaren

"As long as we stay that way and keep our feet on the ground, we can continue winning but the time we get sloppy and think we've made it, this game has a habit of cutting your legs off.

"It's a big concern [captain Richard Keogh's knee injury] because he's been terrific for us. He locked and jarred his knee but hopefully it's not too serious and we'll know more on Monday or Tuesday."

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Doncaster Rovers boss Paul Dickov

Doncaster manager Paul Dickov:

"That's two weeks running that we've played ever so well. We came to a team whose form shows they are the best in the division at the minute and really took the game to them and caused them problems.

"Some of our football, especially in the second half, was top class. You talk about game defining moments and Theo [Robinson] was clean through and within seconds we are two nil down.

"There are lots of positives, they are one of the best passing teams in this division and we have more than matched them and out-passed them at times."

Line-ups

Derby

  • 1Grant
  • 33Wisdom
  • 3Forsyth
  • 14EustaceSubstituted forHendrickat 67'minutes
  • 6KeoghSubstituted forKeaneat 25'minutes
  • 25Buxton
  • 4Bryson
  • 19Hughes
  • 9Martin
  • 10WardSubstituted forRussellat 77'minutes
  • 32Dawkins

Substitutes

  • 8Hendrick
  • 11Russell
  • 18Sammon
  • 20Bennett
  • 26Legzdins
  • 34Cissé
  • 38Keane

Doncaster

  • 1Turnbull
  • 2QuinnSubstituted forWakefieldat 67'minutes
  • 31Stevens
  • 19Wellens
  • 14Khumalo
  • 12McCullough
  • 7Duffy
  • 4Furman
  • 9BrownSubstituted forMachedaat 41'minutes
  • 22Robinson
  • 17WoodsSubstituted forForresterat 57'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Macheda
  • 11Cotterill
  • 13Maxted
  • 15Wakefield
  • 21De Val
  • 25Forrester
  • 27Yun Suk-young
Referee:
Nigel Miller
Attendance:
26,314

Match Stats

Home TeamDerbyAway TeamDoncaster
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home13
Away12
Shots on Target
Home6
Away4
Corners
Home4
Away4
Fouls
Home11
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Derby County 3, Doncaster Rovers 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Derby County 3, Doncaster Rovers 1.
Attempt saved. Mark Duffy (Doncaster Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Attempt blocked. Will Hughes (Derby County) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Craig Bryson.
Johnny Russell (Derby County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Enda Stevens (Doncaster Rovers).
Foul by Simon Dawkins (Derby County).
Mark Duffy (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Will Hughes (Derby County).
Richard Wellens (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Will Hughes (Derby County).
Harry Forrester (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt blocked. Richard Wellens (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Harry Forrester.

Goal!

Goal! Derby County 3, Doncaster Rovers 1. Craig Bryson (Derby County) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Chris Martin.

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. Johnny Russell replaces Jamie Ward.
Will Hughes (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Dean Furman (Doncaster Rovers).
Attempt missed. Mark Duffy (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Federico Macheda.
Attempt missed. Simon Dawkins (Derby County) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left.
Foul by Michael Keane (Derby County).
Dean Furman (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Doncaster Rovers. Liam Wakefield replaces Paul Quinn because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. Jeff Hendrick replaces John Eustace.
Delay in match Paul Quinn (Doncaster Rovers) because of an injury.
Attempt missed. Federico Macheda (Doncaster Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Theo Robinson with a headed pass.

Goal!

Own Goal by Jake Buxton, Derby County. Derby County 2, Doncaster Rovers 1.
Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Craig Forsyth.
Attempt blocked. Harry Forrester (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Mark Duffy.
Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Craig Bryson.
Jamie Ward (Derby County) hits the left post with a right footed shot from the centre of the box. Assisted by Craig Forsyth with a cross.
Attempt saved. Mark Duffy (Doncaster Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Federico Macheda.
Attempt missed. Simon Dawkins (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Will Hughes.

Substitution

Substitution, Doncaster Rovers. Harry Forrester replaces Martin Woods.
Foul by Chris Martin (Derby County).
Bongani Khumalo (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Bongani Khumalo.
Attempt saved. Jamie Ward (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.
Attempt blocked. Michael Keane (Derby County) header from the left side of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by Craig Bryson with a cross.
Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Paul Quinn.
goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Burnley2112721843
2QPR2112631342
3Leicester2113351142
4Derby2112451840
5Leeds211047934
6Reading21975634
7Nottm Forest21894733
8Brighton21885732
9Ipswich21876631
10Blackpool21876-131
11Blackburn21867230
12Wigan20848128
13Huddersfield21768127
14Watford21687226
15Bournemouth217410-1325
16Birmingham21669024
17Middlesbrough21588123
18Bolton21588-423
19Millwall215610-1721
20Doncaster215511-1920
21Charlton214710-919
22Sheff Wed20389-917
23Yeovil214512-1117
24Barnsley213711-1916
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