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Derby 2-1 Wigan: Scott Malone gets winner as Rams battle back

Scott Malone
Scott Malone's goal was his second of the season

Mason Bennett's sublime volley and Scott Malone's strike saw Derby County come from behind to get their play-off push back on track with a gutsy win over Wigan Athletic.

The Latics led from a Derby corner when ex-Rams man Michael Jacobs surged forward on the left and slipped a fine pass to Gavin Massey who slotted the ball under keeper Scott Carson.

But the Rams, who had lost three league games in a row, levelled through Bennett's stunning volley as they improved after the interval.

And Scott Malone's simple close-range finish earned victory to put them level on points with sixth-placed Bristol City.

Wigan, who were five games unbeaten prior to their trip to Pride Park, have still only won once away from home in the league this season, but remain three points clear of the relegation zone.

However, they will feel they should have had at least a point despite a bright start by Derby in front of a noisy home support.

Derby, thumped 4-0 by Aston Villa on Saturday, began with decent urgency and threatened early on mainly through their lively top-scorer Harry Wilson.

But after Massey's brilliant breakaway goal they struggled to create chances for the rest of the half, in fact, Wigan very nearly doubled their advantage through Leon Clarke's back-post header.

He headed over again, this time from from five yards, when he should have scored and Derby then made Wigan pay through substitute's Bennett sumptuous improvised first-time finish.

Malone's strike, after some good work by Wilson, Jayden Bogle and Duane Holmes, earned a vital win, while Martyn Waghorn almost added a third with a shot from a tight angle that hit the post in injury time.

Derby boss Frank Lampard said:

"When you're in difficult form and things are going against you, it takes character and fight to get out of it. This is as proud as I've been this season.

"We have a young, transitional team. People expect it to be rosy and that we'll win every week, but it doesn't work like that.

"I massively appreciate the support and the players do as well. We have a responsibility to the fans and they stuck with us. If we're going to be successful, we all have to be together. The fans were great.

"Mason's goal was an incredible strike. The last time I felt like that was when Gareth Bale scored in the Champions League final [for Real Madrid against Liverpool last season]. The whole stadium gasped."

Wigan boss Paul Cook told BBC Radio Manchester:

"We go home with nothing so there are no positives to take for me.

"We move on and we have Reading on Saturday. To retain our status in the league we need to win games.

"I don't know if their first goal was a worldie or a fluke but the whole atmosphere and the momentum of the game changed with that moment."

Line-ups

Derby

  • 1Carson
  • 37Bogle
  • 6Keogh
  • 5TomoriBooked at 71mins
  • 46Malone
  • 15JohnsonBooked at 41mins
  • 44Huddlestone
  • 9Waghorn
  • 7WilsonBooked at 63minsSubstituted forNugentat 88'minutes
  • 11JozefzoonSubstituted forHolmesat 57'minutes
  • 14MarriottSubstituted forBennettat 57'minutesBooked at 59mins

Substitutes

  • 2Wisdom
  • 20Bennett
  • 21Roos
  • 23Holmes
  • 26Cole
  • 28Nugent
  • 41Bird

Wigan

  • 23Jones
  • 2Byrne
  • 22Dunkley
  • 21Kipre
  • 6FoxSubstituted forNaismithat 33'minutes
  • 12James
  • 11MasseySubstituted forPowellat 70'minutes
  • 36Evans
  • 5MorsyBooked at 37mins
  • 17JacobsSubstituted forWindassat 78'minutes
  • 28Clarke

Substitutes

  • 4Gibson
  • 10Windass
  • 20Naismith
  • 25Powell
  • 30Olsson
  • 40Evans
  • 41Garner
Referee:
Tony Harrington
Attendance:
23,655

Match Stats

Home TeamDerbyAway TeamWigan
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home17
Away13
Shots on Target
Home5
Away3
Corners
Home6
Away5
Fouls
Home16
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Derby County 2, Wigan Athletic 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Derby County 2, Wigan Athletic 1.

Attempt blocked. Sam Morsy (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Lee Evans with a headed pass.

Martyn Waghorn (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kal Naismith (Wigan Athletic).

Attempt missed. Leon Clarke (Wigan Athletic) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Kal Naismith with a cross following a set piece situation.

Foul by Jayden Bogle (Derby County).

Kal Naismith (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Martyn Waghorn (Derby County) hits the left post with a left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box. Assisted by Jayden Bogle with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. David Nugent replaces Harry Wilson.

Attempt missed. Nick Powell (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Leon Clarke.

Offside, Derby County. Harry Wilson tries a through ball, but Martyn Waghorn is caught offside.

Duane Holmes (Derby County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Reece James (Wigan Athletic).

Attempt missed. Nathan Byrne (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Lee Evans.

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

Foul by Reece James (Wigan Athletic).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Mason Bennett (Derby County) because of an injury.

Goal!

Goal! Derby County 2, Wigan Athletic 1. Scott Malone (Derby County) left footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jayden Bogle.

Attempt missed. Jayden Bogle (Derby County) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Harry Wilson.

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Josh Windass replaces Michael Jacobs.

Attempt blocked. Harry Wilson (Derby County) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jayden Bogle.

Attempt blocked. Harry Wilson (Derby County) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Duane Holmes.

Attempt missed. Leon Clarke (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Nathan Byrne with a cross.

Attempt saved. Lee Evans (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt blocked. Nick Powell (Wigan Athletic) header from the left side of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by Lee Evans with a cross.

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Richard Keogh.

Booking

Fikayo Tomori (Derby County) is shown the yellow card.

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Fikayo Tomori.

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Nick Powell replaces Gavin Massey.

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Kal Naismith.

Attempt blocked. Harry Wilson (Derby County) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Jamie Jones.

Attempt saved. Duane Holmes (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Mason Bennett with a headed pass.

Attempt missed. Michael Jacobs (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Leon Clarke.

Booking

Harry Wilson (Derby County) is shown the yellow card.

Harry Wilson (Derby County) has gone down, but that's a dive.

Attempt blocked. Tom Huddlestone (Derby County) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Duane Holmes.

Goal!

Goal! Derby County 1, Wigan Athletic 1. Mason Bennett (Derby County) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Scott Malone with a cross.

goal

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Tuesday 5th March 2019

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Norwich35209671452669
2Leeds35207859382167
3Sheff Utd35198859342565
4West Brom35179967472060
5Middlesbrough341513638241458
6Bristol City34159104436854
7Derby35159114543254
8Birmingham35121495345850
9Nottm Forest35121494740750
10Hull35148135048250
11Aston Villa35111596153848
12Preston351212115449548
13Sheff Wed351212114148-748
14Swansea34138134542347
15Brentford3412101258461246
16Stoke351014113742-544
17Blackburn351111134755-844
18QPR35126174255-1342
19Wigan3599173449-1536
20Millwall35810173853-1534
21Reading35712163751-1433
22Rotherham35615143756-1933
23Bolton3568212255-3326
24Ipswich35312202759-3221
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