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Derby County 1-0 Preston North End: Martyn Waghorn goal secures Rams win

Martyn Waghorn in action for Derby County
Martyn Waghorn's first-half goal was his first in eight matches

Substitute Martyn Waghorn grabbed the only goal as Derby County beat high-flying Preston North End to earn a fifth successive home win.

Waghorn, one of two enforced first-half replacements for the Rams, chested the ball in from almost on the line after Curtis Davies had flicked on a Duane Holmes corner.

Derby created the better opportunities throughout and should have had more to show for it than the striker's fifth goal of the season.

Holmes hit the bar with a first-half volley at 0-0, Waghorn went close on three occasions and the excellent Tom Lawrence was narrowly off target with a couple of fierce strikes.

Preston, who dropped a place to third in the Championship table following Leeds United's win over Luton, were below par in the first period but improved after the interval.

The closest they came to salvaging a point was when Tom Barkhuizen's tap-in following a corner was ruled out for offside.

The Rams, who climbed to 11th, should have been further ahead by the time Preston began to find the form that has seen them among the division's frontrunners.

Lawrence was the main attacking influence in a dominant opening period for the hosts, shooting wide early on and then linking up nicely with Chris Martin to tee up the Holmes chance that crashed against the bar.

Waghorn, one of two substitutes following injuries to Mason Bennett and Graeme Shinnie, should have opened the scoring with a glorious one-on-one chance, but saw his left-foot shot deflected over by Rudd.

But he made amends with his fifth goal of the season from close range soon after.

The second half proved more open, with Waghorn twice wasting chances to double the lead, and Lawrence, who remained the best attacking player on display, narrowly off target with a fierce strike.

Preston caused some nervy moments in the closing stages but could not find a leveller.

Derby manager Phillip Cocu:

"I think it was one of the best 45 minutes I have seen from the team. It was a great combination of tactical execution of the game plan and doing what we wanted to do.

"It's what you want to see and we could have made it a bit easier for ourselves and scored an extra goal, but the team recognises this more and more.

"You don't force it and go forward with everybody but just try to keep your organisation and if you don't score a second one you make sure you have a clean sheet, so this is a positive development because it would have been a shame if we had drawn after playing 60 minutes of great football."

Preston boss Alex Neil:

"I thought first half we lost too many headers, too many battles all over the pitch and Derby were faster, sharper and better than us.

"Like I said to them at half-time, it's quite easy for me to come in and start shouting and bawling and tell everybody how poor they've been but nothing is won at the moment and we are going to lose games along the way.

"The players understand and are frustrated for themselves, but at the end of the day, we win and lose as a team. Sometimes I'll get it wrong, sometimes they won't perform and that's part and parcel of it."

Line-ups

Derby

  • 21Roos
  • 37Bogle
  • 33Davies
  • 3Forsyth
  • 25Lowe
  • 5Bielik
  • 4ShinnieSubstituted forEvansat 15'minutes
  • 23Holmes
  • 10Lawrence
  • 20BennettSubstituted forWaghornat 28'minutes
  • 19MartinSubstituted forWisdomat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Wisdom
  • 7Paterson
  • 8Dowell
  • 9Waghorn
  • 12Hamer
  • 14Marriott
  • 17Evans

Preston

  • 1Rudd
  • 2FisherBooked at 23minsSubstituted forGallagherat 45'minutes
  • 21Bauer
  • 6DaviesSubstituted forStoreyat 72'minutes
  • 15RaffertyBooked at 41mins
  • 4Pearson
  • 8Browne
  • 29Barkhuizen
  • 11Johnson
  • 24Maguire
  • 20StockleySubstituted forBodinat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 12Gallagher
  • 14Storey
  • 18Ledson
  • 25Ripley
  • 35Nugent
  • 39Bodin
  • 44Potts
Referee:
Tim Robinson
Attendance:
27,417

Match Stats

Home TeamDerbyAway TeamPreston
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home13
Away12
Shots on Target
Home4
Away2
Corners
Home6
Away3
Fouls
Home15
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Derby County 1, Preston North End 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Derby County 1, Preston North End 0.

Alan Browne (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Tom Lawrence (Derby County).

Joseph Rafferty (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Martyn Waghorn (Derby County).

Offside, Derby County. Jayden Bogle tries a through ball, but Martyn Waghorn is caught offside.

Sean Maguire (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Krystian Bielik (Derby County).

Attempt missed. Daniel Johnson (Preston North End) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Tom Barkhuizen.

Jordan Storey (Preston North End) hits the left post with a right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box following a set piece situation.

Sean Maguire (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Duane Holmes (Derby County).

Foul by Joseph Rafferty (Preston North End).

Jayden Bogle (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Jayden Bogle (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by George Evans.

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. Andre Wisdom replaces Chris Martin.

Attempt missed. Tom Barkhuizen (Preston North End) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Daniel Johnson following a set piece situation.

Foul by Max Lowe (Derby County).

Sean Maguire (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Alan Browne (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Paul Gallagher with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Max Lowe.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Jordan Storey replaces Ben Davies because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Tom Lawrence (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Martyn Waghorn (Derby County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Joseph Rafferty (Preston North End).

Attempt blocked. Daniel Johnson (Preston North End) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by George Evans (Derby County).

Sean Maguire (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Martyn Waghorn (Derby County) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt missed. Jayden Bogle (Derby County) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Tom Lawrence.

Martyn Waghorn (Derby County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Ben Davies (Preston North End).

Offside, Preston North End. Ben Davies tries a through ball, but Tom Barkhuizen is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Ben Davies (Preston North End) left footed shot from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Sean Maguire (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Paul Gallagher with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Max Lowe.

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

Foul by Patrick Bauer (Preston North End).

Attempt saved. Martyn Waghorn (Derby County) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Krystian Bielik.

goal

As It Stood

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2Leeds17104323101334
3Preston1794431181331
4Fulham178542618829
5Nottm Forest168532013729
6Swansea178542217529
7Bristol City177822521429
8Brentford178362213927
9Sheff Wed177462216625
10Millwall176652022-224
11Derby176651921-224
12QPR177372732-524
13Charlton176562421323
14Birmingham177281722-523
15Hull166462321222
16Cardiff175752525022
17Blackburn176382326-321
18Reading165381921-218
19Huddersfield174581925-617
20Wigan1743101426-1215
21Luton1742112332-914
22Stoke1742111930-1114
23Middlesbrough162771321-813
24Barnsley1716101836-189
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