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Birmingham City 0-4 Derby County: Wayne Rooney's Rams enjoy St Andrew's romp

Wayne Rooney has lost one of his eight games since taking sole responsibility as Derby caretaker boss
Wayne Rooney has lost one of his eight games since taking sole responsibility as Derby caretaker boss

Birmingham City suffered a defensive nightmare at St Andrew's as grateful Derby County romped to their best win under Wayne Rooney.

Blues shipped three goals inside the first 25 minutes as Rooney's Rams bounced back from losing at home to Preston on Saturday - their first defeat since the Derby caretaker boss took sole charge.

Former Blues defender Krystian Bielik cashed in on home keeper Neil Etheridge's dropped clanger in the 15th minute to volley in from close range.

Inside two minutes, home captain Harlee Dean gave away a needless penalty, which was clinically tucked away by Graeme Shinnie.

Blues then let in a third when they made a shambles of clearing Shinnie's corner, allowing Colin Kazim-Richards to net from close range.

Youngster Jason Knight completed the scoring after 77 minutes when he neatly tucked away Kamil Jozwiak's right-wing cross.

It was Derby's biggest away league win since a 4-0 win at the same venue for Steve McClaren's team against Gary Rowett's Blues on Boxing Day 2014.

Derby move out of the Championship's bottom three for the first time in two months after stretching their unbeaten run in this fixture to nine matches.

Blues, who had also conceded four goals in their previous home game against Middlesbrough, had responded well with a clean sheet on Saturday at Nottingham Forest, another of boss Aitor Karanka's former clubs.

But any hopes of a repeat evaporated from the moment Etheridge committed his howler, allowing the ball to bounce tamely off his chest as he rose unmarked to gather Shinnie's right-wing corner.

Bielik was first to respond, lashing in a right-foot volley from 10 yards to mark his first goal for the club. And worse was to follow for the hosts.

Dean was in no danger on the right edge of the Blues box but his clumsy challenge on Louie Sibley gave the Derby youngster the chance to go down and Shinnie did the rest, firing a fine penalty.

Then, from another Shinnie corner from the right, the ball deflected off home midfielder Adam Clayton before Kazim-Richards lunged in to get the final touch from a yard.

Derby celebrate a goal at St Andrew's
It was curtains for Birmingham inside 25 minutes after Derby's three early strikes at behind-closed-doors St Andrew's

With the outcome already settled, the Blues added a fourth on 77 minutes when Jozwiak went down the right, cut back inside on to his left foot and curled over a cross. It dipped beyond the Blues defence at the far post, where the alert Knight crept in unmarked to guide home left-footed from close range.

After picking up six points from their first 11 games this season under Philip Cocu, then losing their next two, Derby have now amassed 13 in 10 under Rooney.

Karanka's Blues, by contrast, have picked up just one point out of a possible 15 - and are now just four ahead of Derby, who have a game in hand.

Derby next travel to face managerless Sheffield Wednesday on New Year's Day, while City's next game is at home to Blackburn Rovers the following day.

Birmingham City boss Aitor Karanka:

"It's like going to the cinema and watching the same film. One mistake, one goal. Two mistakes, two goals. Three mistakes, three goals.

"It's difficult to accept but it is something we are suffering. And it's hard to understand when one game you are perfect and the next game you make the same mistakes as a couple of games before.

"I apologise to the fans. But they must keep belief in the team. Three days ago we did well, so why not the same? I expected ups and downs this season, but not these same individual mistakes every single game."

Derby County caretaker boss Wayne Rooney:

"That performance has been coming over the last few weeks. I'm delighted for the players. I'm starting to see a team that believe in themselves. They have been putting in good performances.

"The results have been getting better, and even though we lost against Preston, the performance was excellent. You can see the confidence growing. They deserve that for the work they have put in.

"I'm not worried. We've got a lot of quality and hopefully with a few players coming in January, we can iron out some of the cracks and take us to that next level."

Line-ups

Birmingham

Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 30Etheridge
  • 2Colin
  • 12Dean
  • 5Friend
  • 3PedersenSubstituted forClarke-Salterat 45'minutes
  • 8Clayton
  • 17Sánchez
  • 20GardnerSubstituted forKieftenbeldat 61'minutes
  • 34SunjicSubstituted forLekoat 45'minutes
  • 11BelaSubstituted forSan Joséat 45'minutes
  • 9HoganSubstituted forJutkiewiczat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Prieto
  • 6Kieftenbeld
  • 10Jutkiewicz
  • 14Leko
  • 15Clarke-Salter
  • 18McGree
  • 19San José
  • 23Toral
  • 25Dacres-Cogley

Derby

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Marshall
  • 12Byrne
  • 2Wisdom
  • 16Clarke
  • 3Forsyth
  • 38KnightSubstituted forWatsonat 88'minutes
  • 5Bielik
  • 4ShinnieSubstituted forGordonat 89'minutes
  • 17SibleyBooked at 67minsSubstituted forBirdat 75'minutes
  • 13Kazim-RichardsSubstituted forHector-Ingramat 82'minutes
  • 7Jozwiak

Substitutes

  • 6te Wierik
  • 8Bird
  • 21Roos
  • 22Evans
  • 25Holmes
  • 26Buchanan
  • 40Watson
  • 41Gordon
  • 49Hector-Ingram
Referee:
Tony Harrington

Match Stats

Home TeamBirminghamAway TeamDerby
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home7
Away20
Shots on Target
Home1
Away9
Corners
Home2
Away7
Fouls
Home17
Away14

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Birmingham City 0, Derby County 4.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Birmingham City 0, Derby County 4.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Lukas Jutkiewicz (Birmingham City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Maxime Colin with a headed pass.

  4. Post update

    Offside, Derby County. Kaide Gordon tries a through ball, but Jahmal Hector-Ingram is caught offside.

  5. Post update

    Kamil Jozwiak (Derby County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Jonathan Leko (Birmingham City).

  7. Post update

    Nathan Byrne (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by George Friend (Birmingham City).

  9. Post update

    Louie Watson (Derby County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Iván Sánchez (Birmingham City).

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Derby County. Kaide Gordon replaces Graeme Shinnie.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Derby County. Louie Watson replaces Jason Knight.

  13. Post update

    Attempt saved. Lukas Jutkiewicz (Birmingham City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by George Friend.

  14. Post update

    Krystian Bielik (Derby County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Jake Clarke-Salter (Birmingham City).

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Derby County. Jahmal Hector-Ingram replaces Colin Kazim-Richards.

  17. Post update

    Offside, Derby County. Craig Forsyth tries a through ball, but Max Bird is caught offside.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Krystian Bielik (Derby County).

  19. Post update

    Lukas Jutkiewicz (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  20. Goal!

    Goal! Birmingham City 0, Derby County 4. Jason Knight (Derby County) left footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Kamil Jozwiak with a cross.