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Live Reporting

Rob Stevens

All times stated are UK

  1. Goodbye


    That is it for our coverage of Good Friday's English Football League action.

    However, there are two Championship games tomorrow - with Birmingham hosting Ipswich and Aston Villa travelling to Hull.

    Meanwhile, Portsmouth travel to Walsall in League One.

    Do join us then but until the next time, goodbye.

  2. Recap: Sunderland end winless run

    FT: Derby County 1-4 Sunderland

    Sunderland moved off the bottom of the Championship table with a clinical win at out-of-form Derby County.

    Clink the link below to read a report of tonight's match.

    Derby County 1-4 Sunderland

    John O'Shea celebrates his goal for Sunderland

    Sunderland capitalise on defensive errors by Derby to win at Pride Park and move off the bottom of the Championship table.

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  3. Sunderland boost survival hopes

    FT: Derby 1-4 Sunderland

    Victory at Pride Park boosts Sunderland's hopes of survival.

    They are now three points from safety.

    But Bolton's recent upturn in form and Reading's win against QPR earlier today means only Barnsley are in touching distance of the Black Cats.

    Championship bottom half
  4. Derby under pressure

    FT: Derby 1-4 Sunderland

    Here's how the play-off race looks in the Championship.

    Derby County may have a game in hand on all the teams below them, but they are on their worst run of form this season.

    Championship play-offs

    Derby 1-4 Sunderland

    Referee James Linington blows the final whistle, and Sunderland have a vital win in the battle for survival.

    They record their first win in 10 league games and move up to 23rd in the table.

    They are now three points from safety.

    Derby, meanwhile, have not won in eight but remain fifth in the table.

    The Rams are only in the play-off places on goal difference, and there are five sides within touching distance of them.


    Derby 1-4 Sunderland

    Derby midfielder Bradley Johnson goes into the book for a foul on the newcomer Josh Maja.

    Not much time left for Sunderland to see out.


    Derby 1-4 Sunderland

    There will be three minutes of injury time.

    Sunderland eat up some of it by bringing on Josh Maja in place of Lynden Gooch.

  8. Get Involved


    Dan Bell: Derby making Sunderland look like Barcelona!

    It's been a night to forget for the Rams, and one to remember for the travelling fans at Pride Park.

    John O'Shea
  9. Post update

    Derby 1-4 Sunderland

    Lynden Gooch is fouled on the right hand side and Sunderland will surely see this out. There will be no dramatic comeback.

  10. Post update

    Derby 1-4 Sunderland

    Right-back Chris Baird swings a ball into the Sunderland box, but it is overhit and far too high for David Nugent.

    The striker is then caught offside from a long punt forward.


    Derby 1-4 Sunderland

    Derby goalscorer Matej Vydra goes into the book for a challenge on Aiden McGeady.

    Pure frustration from the forward there.

  12. CLOSE!

    Derby 1-4 Sunderland

    Derby midfielder Bradley Johnson unleashes a fierce effort from range, and the ball whistles narrowly wide of the right-hand upright.

    Joe Ledley comes on for Cameron Jerome as the hosts make their last change.

    The Rams' winless run is set to be extended to eight games, during which time they've dropped from second to fifth in the table.


    Derby 1-4 Sunderland

    The travelling fans are enjoying this, with the ole's out as they pass the ball around in midfield.

    There's a second sub for the visitors, as Adam Matthews comes on for Bryan Oviedo.

    The Wearsiders are closing in on a first win in 11 league games.

  14. Post update

    Derby 1-4 Sunderland

    This is not a scoreline many would have expected, but Sunderland were pretty clinical in the first half and have put in a very disciplined display since the break.

    Chris Coleman has made his first change, with Marc Wilson replacing Paddy McNair in midfield.

    The Irishman was impressive on his return to the starting line-up.

  15. GOAL: Derby 1-4 Sunderland

    John O'Shea

    John O'Shea

    Sunderland have their fourth of the evening, and it is not a surprise.

    Paddy McNair flicks on a left-wing corner and finds an unmarked Lamine Kone at the back post.

    The centre-back puts the ball back across goal, Derby fail to clear their lines and John O'Shea turns home the loose ball.

    That's his first club goal since December 2013, and the Black Cats are well on their way to a vital three points in the battle for survival.

  16. Post update

    Derby 1-3 Sunderland

    Derby midfielder Bradley Johnson almost scores an own goal, badly slicing a clearance across his own goal from a cross from the left.

    The rain continues to lash down at Pride Park.

    Sunderland are threatening pretty much every time they come forward in this second half - they are playing well.

  17. Post update

    Derby 1-3 Sunderland

    Derby starting to get a bit more desperate in search of a second goal and a route back into the match.

    In the meantime, Sunderland defender John O'Shea has picked up a yellow card.

    That's three of the Black Cats back four in the book, along with Lee Cattermole.

  18. CLOSE!

    Derby 1-3 Sunderland

    A big, big miss at the other end.

    Rams forward Cameron Jerome bustles through the defence and crosses.

    Matej Vydra is the man you'd want on the end of it, but the Czech forward blasts high over the bar on the half-volley from just in front of the penalty spot.

    The ball was rising but you'd expect a man of Vydra's quality to hit the target from there.


    Derby 1-3 Sunderland

    Sunderland hit the woodwork again.

    Paddy McNair's header from a corner is deflected off a Derby defender and dros onto the bar and away from goal.

    Another sigh of relief for Derby.

  20. Post update

    Derby 1-3 Sunderland

    Derby v Sunderland

    Sunderland are defending well at the moment, timing their challenges right and frustrating the hosts.

    I say that, but midfielder Lee Cattermole has gone into the book for persistent fouling.