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West Bromwich Albion 1-4 Derby County: Ruthless Rams thrash Baggies at The Hawthorns

Derby's Harry Wilson celebrates
Harry Wilson has now scored three goals for Derby during his season-long loan from Liverpool

Derby County delivered a demonstration of their Championship promotion credentials as they thrashed West Bromwich Albion.

Frank Lampard's Rams scored twice in each half - through Jack Marriott and Tom Lawrence in the first, then Harry Wilson and Scott Malone in the second.

Jay Rodriguez pulled one back for Albion late on, but it was his awful early error with a loose backpass that set Derby on their way to an impressive win.

Already without suspended midfielder Jake Livermore, Albion lost joint-top scorer Dwight Gayle to injury at half-time, on a night when anything that could have gone wrong for them did.

But in truth, they were outclassed by Lampard's slick outfit.

The home side would have gone top if they had won, but were taken apart by a fifth-placed Derby side, whose best win under Lampard took them level on points with Albion and within two points of new leaders Leeds United.

Goals aplenty for Lampard

Lampard enjoyed plenty of goal-filled games against Albion in his days as a Chelsea player, while he once scored four times in a 6-0 win over a Derby side containing Darren Moore, now the Baggies boss.

But even he surely cannot have been prepared for just how easy a victory this would be against a West Brom side that had netted 19 times in their previous five home league matches.

It took a big helping hand to set the Rams on their way, with Rodriguez's error letting in Marriott to slide a shot under goalkeeper Sam Johnstone.

Lawrence then drilled in the second goal with a low right-foot shot off the foot of the post, and it could have been more before the break as it needed top saves from Johnstone to deny Malone, Tom Huddlestone and Jayden Bogle.

Rodriguez almost cashed in when the Derby defence also briefly got in a tangle but his tame low cross to Gayle was cut out by keeper Scott Carson, while Albion's only other near miss came when Gayle tripped with Malone in close pursuit and the home penalty claims were waved away.

Even a half-time switch to a back four could not stem the tide, with Liverpool's on-loan Wales international Wilson adding a third when his lovely low left-foot shot found the bottom corner.

Malone than waltzed through the West Brom defence for the fourth, before Rodriguez cut in to wrap up the scoring.

West Bromwich Albion head coach Darren Moore told BBC Sport:

"Derby were clinical in their finishing but it was a bizarre game.

"They gave the ball away too at times but we just didn't capitalise, and it turned into a bad day at the office.

"The incident with Dwight Gayle changed it. He had a chance to score and he had his heel clipped in full flow.

"He had to come off because of that. He tried to run it off and we had to work on him at half-time. The medical team will take a look."

Derby manager Frank Lampard:

"We should be pleased to beat a team who I fully expect to challenge for promotion, but there's more work to be done.

"It's the best result we've had but not the best performance. I'm not playing mind games. I just thought we played fantastically well against Brentford and at Manchester United.

"Big parts of our game were great, especially the finishing, but I think we can still improve.

"We're two points off the top boys but it's an unforgiving league and a long season. If we listen to any talk, that's our problem."

Line-ups

West Brom

  • 1Johnstone
  • 25DawsonBooked at 25mins
  • 24Adarabioyo
  • 5Bartley
  • 10PhillipsSubstituted forMorrisonat 62'minutes
  • 28Field
  • 11Brunt
  • 3GibbsSubstituted forMearsat 45'minutes
  • 15Barnes
  • 19Rodriguez
  • 16GayleSubstituted forRobson-Kanuat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Robson-Kanu
  • 6Sako
  • 7Morrison
  • 12Mears
  • 13Myhill
  • 21Edwards
  • 22Hoolahan

Derby

  • 1Carson
  • 37Bogle
  • 6Keogh
  • 5Tomori
  • 46MaloneBooked at 72minsSubstituted forForsythat 81'minutes
  • 7Wilson
  • 44HuddlestoneBooked at 44mins
  • 8Mount
  • 9WaghornSubstituted forNugentat 73'minutes
  • 14MarriottSubstituted forBennettat 68'minutes
  • 10Lawrence

Substitutes

  • 3Forsyth
  • 15Johnson
  • 20Bennett
  • 21Roos
  • 23Holmes
  • 28Nugent
  • 33Davies
Referee:
Robert Jones
Attendance:
22,848

Match Stats

Home TeamWest BromAway TeamDerby
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home16
Away20
Shots on Target
Home5
Away9
Corners
Home4
Away2
Fouls
Home9
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, West Bromwich Albion 1, Derby County 4.

Full Time

Second Half ends, West Bromwich Albion 1, Derby County 4.

Hand ball by Kyle Bartley (West Bromwich Albion).

Attempt saved. Tosin Adarabioyo (West Bromwich Albion) header from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Chris Brunt with a cross.

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Craig Forsyth.

Attempt missed. David Nugent (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Harry Wilson.

Chris Brunt (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Fikayo Tomori (Derby County).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Fikayo Tomori (Derby County) because of an injury.

Attempt saved. Harvey Barnes (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Tyrone Mears.

Attempt missed. Mason Bennett (Derby County) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high. Assisted by David Nugent with a headed pass.

Foul by Jay Rodriguez (West Bromwich Albion).

Harry Wilson (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! West Bromwich Albion 1, Derby County 4. Jay Rodriguez (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Harvey Barnes.

Attempt blocked. Harvey Barnes (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Harvey Barnes (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jayden Bogle (Derby County).

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. Craig Forsyth replaces Scott Malone because of an injury.

Attempt blocked. Mason Mount (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Harry Wilson.

Attempt saved. Tom Lawrence (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Tom Huddlestone.

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. David Nugent replaces Martyn Waghorn.

Hand ball by Sam Field (West Bromwich Albion).

Tyrone Mears (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Martyn Waghorn (Derby County).

Booking

Scott Malone (Derby County) is shown the yellow card for excessive celebration.

Goal!

Goal! West Bromwich Albion 0, Derby County 4. Scott Malone (Derby County) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Mason Bennett following a fast break.

Attempt blocked. Hal Robson-Kanu (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Tyrone Mears.

Attempt blocked. Jay Rodriguez (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Hal Robson-Kanu.

Hand ball by Sam Field (West Bromwich Albion).

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. Mason Bennett replaces Jack Marriott.

Tyrone Mears (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Martyn Waghorn (Derby County).

Attempt missed. James Morrison (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Harvey Barnes.

Foul by Tosin Adarabioyo (West Bromwich Albion).

Tom Huddlestone (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Hal Robson-Kanu (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Scott Malone (Derby County).

Substitution

Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. James Morrison replaces Matt Phillips.

Attempt missed. Harvey Barnes (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Matt Phillips following a fast break.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leeds1475225111426
2Middlesbrough14752167926
3Sheff Utd148242316726
4West Brom1473432221024
5Derby147342115624
6Norwich147341917224
7Nottm Forest145722115622
8Bristol City146441814422
9Blackburn145631719-221
10Swansea145541511420
11Birmingham144821613320
12Wigan146261618-220
13QPR146261419-520
14Sheff Wed145452023-319
15Brentford144642319418
16Aston Villa144642222018
17Stoke144551820-217
18Bolton144461119-816
19Preston143472328-513
20Millwall143471623-713
21Rotherham143471020-1013
22Reading143381923-412
23Hull142391121-109
24Ipswich141671122-119
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