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Derby County 3-1 West Bromwich Albion: Frank Lampard's Rams seal play-off spot

Martyn Waghorn scores for Derby against West Brom
Martyn Waghorn headed Derby ahead against West Bromwich Albion

Derby County boss Frank Lampard described himself as "proud" after the Rams secured a Championship play-off place with victory over West Bromwich Albion.

Two goals in three second-half minutes from Mason Bennett and Harry Wilson saw the Rams finish sixth, to set up a play-off semi-final against Leeds United.

"Pride is probably the main emotion, to see the team play from 1-1 onwards, with the quality and the work rate and the calm nature to play the football we played," he said.

"When we got our noses in front we kept moving the ball, it was brilliant.

"We need to try to carry that momentum - we'll be underdogs because we came sixth. There's a reason we've finished points behind Leeds, Villa and West Brom.

"The run-in has been good for us, so let's go into it with no fear and try to upset a few people.

"I'll plan to play the Leeds side that have been really strong all season."

The Rams needed a win to be certain of a sixth-place finish against a side who were already assured of ending their campaign in the top four.

Middlesbrough did beat Rotherham to ensure Lampard's side had to take all three points, and they did so in fine style at a packed-out Pride Park.

Martyn Waghorn's perfectly placed near-post header from Jayden Bogle's exquisite cross earned the hosts a half-time lead in an open game.

The Baggies deservedly levelled two minutes after the break through Stefan Johansen's superb curled strike, but Derby dominated from then on.

Substitute Bennett's close-range finish two minutes after coming on made it 2-1 after 70 minutes and Wilson's penalty sealed the victory.

Albion, who would have finished third with victory as a result of Leeds' unexpected defeat against Ipswich, had substitute Hal Robson-Kanu sent off in stoppage time for kicking out at Bradley Johnson.

Derby will face Leeds, who beat them in both league games this season, in the two-legged semi-final, while the Baggies will meet fierce local rivals Aston Villa.

Derby manager Frank Lampard (right) and assistant boss Jody Morris
Lampard (right) and assistant boss Jody Morris celebrate Derby's top-six finish

Lampard leads the way

The Rams have become accustomed to play-off heartache in some form or another over the past few seasons.

They suffered an agonising last-minute Wembley defeat in the 2014 final against QPR, missed out on the top six on the final day of the following season and have been beaten in two of the past three play-off semi-finals since.

But their performance against the Baggies was both stylish and brave, and their place in the top six in Lampard's first season was fully merited after a fine season and this impressive display.

Jacob Murphy and Dwight Gayle missed glorious chances for the visitors either side of Waghorn's stunning opener, but after Johansen's classy finish made it 1-1, Derby seized control.

With home pressure building and Mason Mount, Tom Lawrence and Wilson particularly impressive, Bennett followed up to poke the Rams back in front on the rebound.

And Wilson's penalty after Lawrence was deemed to have been fouled by Kyle Bartley after a mazy run, brought a 3-1 lead which was comfortably kept.

Baggies demonstrate attacking quality

Despite their defeat, the Baggies created the better chances until soon after Johansen's strike and looked sharp for their mouthwatering semi-final date with Villa.

A peculiar season saw Darren Moore sacked as manager in March with the Baggies fourth, but nine points off the top two following a 1-1 draw at home against bottom-of-the-table Ipswich.

However, a run of six wins in 10 matches under caretaker boss Jimmy Shan confirmed their top-six finish and they face Villa in encouraging form, led by a front pairing of Gayle and Jay Rodriguez who have 45 goals between them this season.

Shan was unhappy with his side's showing in the final stages of the game.

"After they scored the third, our level of application and work ethic was not acceptable," he said.

"However we dress up what's happened today, it's not the business end.

"There were some honest assessments from the players in there. There's no excuse now.

"We're going to have to play a lot better than that if we're going to have some success against Aston Villa."

Line-ups

Derby

  • 21Roos
  • 37Bogle
  • 6Keogh
  • 5Tomori
  • 46Malone
  • 23HolmesSubstituted forBennettat 65'minutesBooked at 71mins
  • 15Johnson
  • 8Mount
  • 7WilsonSubstituted forEvansat 90+1'minutes
  • 9WaghornSubstituted forNugentat 41'minutes
  • 10Lawrence

Substitutes

  • 1Carson
  • 14Marriott
  • 17Evans
  • 20Bennett
  • 28Nugent
  • 39MacDonald
  • 44Huddlestone

West Brom

  • 1JohnstoneBooked at 58mins
  • 25Dawson
  • 5BartleyBooked at 16minsSubstituted forRobson-Kanuat 78'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 26HegaziBooked at 83mins
  • 68Holgate
  • 34Harper
  • 6JohansenBooked at 59minsSubstituted forFieldat 75'minutes
  • 3Gibbs
  • 70MurphySubstituted forPhillipsat 60'minutes
  • 16Gayle
  • 19RodriguezBooked at 23mins

Substitutes

  • 4Robson-Kanu
  • 7Morrison
  • 10Phillips
  • 12Mears
  • 14Townsend
  • 23Bond
  • 28Field
Referee:
Tim Robinson
Attendance:
32,055

Match Stats

Home TeamDerbyAway TeamWest Brom
Possession
Home60%
Away40%
Shots
Home22
Away8
Shots on Target
Home12
Away2
Corners
Home5
Away2
Fouls
Home12
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Derby County 3, West Bromwich Albion 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Derby County 3, West Bromwich Albion 1.

Dismissal

Hal Robson-Kanu (West Bromwich Albion) is shown the red card for violent conduct.

Bradley Johnson (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Hal Robson-Kanu (West Bromwich Albion).

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. George Evans replaces Harry Wilson.

Foul by Harry Wilson (Derby County).

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

Foul by Mason Mount (Derby County).

Mason Holgate (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

Bradley Johnson (Derby County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Rekeem Harper (West Bromwich Albion).

Attempt saved. Scott Malone (Derby County) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Mason Bennett.

Foul by Harry Wilson (Derby County).

Kieran Gibbs (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Mason Mount (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Booking

Ahmed Hegazi (West Bromwich Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Attempt saved. David Nugent (Derby County) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Harry Wilson.

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Rekeem Harper.

Mason Mount (Derby County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Ahmed Hegazi (West Bromwich Albion).

Substitution

Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Hal Robson-Kanu replaces Kyle Bartley.

Foul by David Nugent (Derby County).

Sam Field (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Sam Field replaces Stefan Johansen.

Goal!

Goal! Derby County 3, West Bromwich Albion 1. Harry Wilson (Derby County) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Penalty Derby County. Tom Lawrence draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Kyle Bartley (West Bromwich Albion) after a foul in the penalty area.

Booking

Mason Bennett (Derby County) is shown the yellow card for excessive celebration.

Goal!

Goal! Derby County 2, West Bromwich Albion 1. Mason Bennett (Derby County) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Tom Lawrence (Derby County) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Mason Bennett.

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

Foul by Dwight Gayle (West Bromwich Albion).

Attempt missed. Mason Holgate (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Stefan Johansen.

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. Mason Bennett replaces Duane Holmes.

Scott Malone (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Mason Holgate (West Bromwich Albion).

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Ahmed Hegazi.

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

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Norwich462713693573694
2Sheff Utd462611978413789
3Leeds462581373502383
4West Brom4623111287622580
5Aston Villa4620161082612176
6Derby4620141269541574
7Middlesbrough462013134941873
8Bristol City461913145953670
9Nottm Forest461715146154766
10Swansea461811176562365
11Brentford4617131673591464
12Sheff Wed461616146062-264
13Hull461711186668-262
14Preston461613176767061
15Blackburn461612186469-560
16Stoke461122134552-755
17Birmingham461419136458652
18Wigan461313205164-1352
19QPR46149235371-1851
20Reading461017194966-1747
21Millwall461014224864-1644
22Rotherham46816225283-3140
23Bolton4688302978-4932
24Ipswich46516253677-4131
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