Derby moved up to ninth in the Championship with a comfortable win over struggling Sheffield Wednesday.

Jake Buxton put the home side ahead just before half time with a close-range finish.

Highly-rated midfielder Will Hughes added a second shortly after the restart when he slotted in Craig Forsyth's low cross at the far post.

Chris Martin then turned home Jamie Ward's cross to condemn Wednesday to their fifth defeat of the season.

The result was rarely in question after Derby quickly took a grip of the game and went close when a deflected Craig Bryson free-kick went narrowly wide.

Simon Dawkins dragged a shot wide of the Owls goal when well-placed before Derby finally broke the deadlock just before half-time.

Buxton headed in a Ward corner and, shortly after the break, Derby doubled their lead.

The Rams made the most of a swift counter-attack, with Hughes applying the finishing touch as he stole in at the far post convert Forsyth's cross.

England Under-21 international Hughes then played a part in Derby's third as he released Ward, who crossed to set up Martin for a simple tap-in.

Derby handed a debut to Mali international midfielder Kalifa Cisse, 29, after he signed on non-contract terms following a successful trial.

Derby manager Steve McClaren: "This was one of those happy Saturdays when everything you have done in the week works out the way you want.

"There were times when it was simply beautiful to watch.

"The quality of the football for the second and third goals was fabulous and it all stemmed from having the right balance and attitude."

Sheffield Wednesday manager Dave Jones: "Unfortunately, far too many of our players lost their personal battles. Too many seemed to think that after putting five Past Reading a week ago we only had to turn up for it to happen again.

"I am as angry as I have been in a long time. Derby didn't have to earn it, we gave it to them.

"There was a complete absence of communication for their second and third goals. Derby were allowed to walk the ball into our net."

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (6)

Derby County

  • 01 Grant
  • 33 Wisdom
  • 03 Forsyth
  • 34 Cissé Booked
  • 06 Keogh
  • 25 Buxton
  • 04 Bryson
  • 19 Hughes
  • 09 Martin (Sammon - 87' )
  • 32 Dawkins (Bennett - 78' )
  • 10 Ward (Davies - 90' )

Substitutes

  • 02 Smith
  • 12 Jacobs
  • 16 Davies
  • 17 Freeman
  • 18 Sammon
  • 20 Bennett
  • 24 Morch

Sheffield Wednesday

  • 01 Kirkland
  • 02 Buxton
  • 03 Johnson Booked
  • 27 McPhail Booked (Coke - 53' )
  • 08 Johnson Booked
  • 05 Zayatte
  • 07 Antonio
  • 35 Olofinjana (Palmer - 77' Booked )
  • 28 Fryatt
  • 29 Wickham
  • 17 Helan (Johnson - 53' )

Substitutes

  • 11 Johnson
  • 14 Coke
  • 19 Mattock
  • 22 Palmer
  • 26 Martinez
  • 32 Llera
  • 34 Nuhiu
Ref: David Webb
Att: 26,421

Match Stats

Shots

23 10

On target

5 1

Corners

10 5

Fouls

17 11

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Derby County 3, Sheffield Wednesday 0.

90:00 +4:36 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Derby County 3, Sheffield Wednesday 0.

90:00 +3:25

Attempt blocked. Craig Bryson (Derby County) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Craig Forsyth with a cross.

90:00 +2:16 Booking

Booking Liam Palmer (Sheffield Wednesday) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

90:00 +2:10

Will Hughes (Derby County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

90:00 +2:10

Foul by Liam Palmer (Sheffield Wednesday).

89:27 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Derby County. Ben Davies replaces Jamie Ward.

89:14

Kalifa Cissé (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

89:14

Foul by Connor Wickham (Sheffield Wednesday).

86:17 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Derby County. Conor Sammon replaces Chris Martin.

85:39

Attempt missed. Connor Wickham (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

84:47

Attempt missed. Craig Bryson (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Will Hughes.

83:08

Jamie Ward (Derby County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

83:08

Foul by Kamil Zayatte (Sheffield Wednesday).

81:29

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Lee Grant.

81:27

Attempt saved. Connor Wickham (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Roger Johnson with a headed pass.

80:22

Foul by Will Hughes (Derby County).

80:22

Reda Johnson (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

79:26

Foul by Chris Martin (Derby County).

79:26

Kamil Zayatte (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

78:30

Foul by Jamie Ward (Derby County).

78:30

Connor Wickham (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

77:58

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Connor Wickham.

77:45 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Derby County. Mason Bennett replaces Simon Dawkins.

76:45

Will Hughes (Derby County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

76:45

Foul by Reda Johnson (Sheffield Wednesday).

76:13 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Liam Palmer replaces Seyi Olofinjana.

76:08

Attempt missed. Jamie Ward (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Craig Bryson following a corner.

75:20

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Chris Kirkland.

75:18

Attempt saved. Jamie Ward (Derby County) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Craig Bryson.

72:28

Attempt missed. Matty Fryatt (Sheffield Wednesday) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Reda Johnson with a cross.

72:12

Attempt blocked. Michail Antonio (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Seyi Olofinjana.

70:45

Foul by Andre Wisdom (Derby County).

70:45

Connor Wickham (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the left wing.

70:17

Foul by Andre Wisdom (Derby County).

70:17

Michail Antonio (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the left wing.

69:49

Attempt missed. Simon Dawkins (Derby County) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

69:45

Attempt blocked. Chris Martin (Derby County) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Will Hughes.

69:13

Attempt missed. Will Hughes (Derby County) left footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

68:13

Craig Bryson (Derby County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

68:13

Foul by Giles Coke (Sheffield Wednesday).

67:40

Offside, Derby County. Andre Wisdom tries a through ball, but Will Hughes is caught offside.

67:11

Foul by Chris Martin (Derby County).

67:11

Roger Johnson (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

62:12

Attempt missed. Jermaine Johnson (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high following a corner.

61:48

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Kalifa Cissé.

61:21

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Craig Forsyth.

60:47 Booking

Booking Kalifa Cissé (Derby County) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

60:28

Foul by Kalifa Cissé (Derby County).

60:28

Seyi Olofinjana (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

58:52

Offside, Derby County. Craig Forsyth tries a through ball, but Jamie Ward is caught offside.

57:44 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Derby County 3, Sheffield Wednesday 0. Chris Martin (Derby County) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jamie Ward with a cross.

55:01

Attempt missed. Michail Antonio (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Jermaine Johnson with a cross.

54:21

Foul by Simon Dawkins (Derby County).

54:21

Giles Coke (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

52:51 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Giles Coke replaces Stephen McPhail.

52:38 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Jermaine Johnson replaces Jeremy Helan.

52:12

Attempt missed. Craig Bryson (Derby County) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Simon Dawkins.

49:47

Foul by Simon Dawkins (Derby County).

49:47

Connor Wickham (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the right wing.

48:11 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Derby County 2, Sheffield Wednesday 0. Will Hughes (Derby County) right footed shot from very close range to the top left corner. Assisted by Craig Forsyth with a cross.

47:23

Attempt missed. Jake Buxton (Derby County) header from the left side of the six yard box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Jamie Ward with a cross.

46:51

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Michail Antonio.

46:24

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Lewis Buxton.

45:50

Craig Bryson (Derby County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

45:50

Foul by Seyi Olofinjana (Sheffield Wednesday).

45:00

Second Half begins Derby County 1, Sheffield Wednesday 0.

45:00 +2:57 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Derby County 1, Sheffield Wednesday 0.

45:00 +1:54

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Jake Buxton.

45:00 +1:52

Attempt blocked. Michail Antonio (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

45:00 +1:12

Foul by Will Hughes (Derby County).

45:00 +1:12

Stephen McPhail (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

44:48 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Derby County 1, Sheffield Wednesday 0. Jake Buxton (Derby County) header from very close range to the top left corner following a corner.

44:19

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Lewis Buxton.

41:38

Attempt missed. Craig Forsyth (Derby County) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Jamie Ward with a cross following a set piece situation.

40:49

Will Hughes (Derby County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

40:49

Foul by Jeremy Helan (Sheffield Wednesday).

40:11

Attempt blocked. Michail Antonio (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Connor Wickham with a cross.

38:25

Foul by Jake Buxton (Derby County).

38:25

Chris Kirkland (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

37:27 Booking

Booking Reda Johnson (Sheffield Wednesday) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

37:22

Simon Dawkins (Derby County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

37:22

Foul by Reda Johnson (Sheffield Wednesday).

35:47

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Jeremy Helan.

34:05

Foul by Chris Martin (Derby County).

34:05

Lewis Buxton (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

32:10

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

32:10

Foul by Matty Fryatt (Sheffield Wednesday).

31:03

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Kalifa Cissé.

31:02

Attempt blocked. Connor Wickham (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Matty Fryatt.

30:29

Foul by Andre Wisdom (Derby County).

30:29

Connor Wickham (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

29:13

Attempt blocked. Kalifa Cissé (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

28:30 Booking

Booking Roger Johnson (Sheffield Wednesday) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

28:17

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

28:17

Foul by Roger Johnson (Sheffield Wednesday).

27:13 Booking

Booking Stephen McPhail (Sheffield Wednesday) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

27:06

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Chris Kirkland.

25:25

Attempt saved. Will Hughes (Derby County) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Craig Bryson.

24:29

Attempt missed. Seyi Olofinjana (Sheffield Wednesday) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Michail Antonio with a cross.

23:56

Foul by Simon Dawkins (Derby County).

23:56

Kamil Zayatte (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

23:28

Attempt missed. Simon Dawkins (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Jamie Ward.

20:12

Attempt missed. Simon Dawkins (Derby County) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

18:16

Attempt missed. Craig Bryson (Derby County) right footed shot from very close range is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Craig Forsyth with a cross.

16:51

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Kamil Zayatte.

16:46

Attempt blocked. Simon Dawkins (Derby County) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jamie Ward.

16:21

Attempt blocked. Simon Dawkins (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jamie Ward.

15:25

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Connor Wickham.

15:22

Attempt blocked. Craig Bryson (Derby County) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is blocked.

14:09

Jamie Ward (Derby County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

14:09

Foul by Roger Johnson (Sheffield Wednesday).

13:07

Foul by Chris Martin (Derby County).

13:07

Roger Johnson (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

10:45

Foul by Chris Martin (Derby County).

10:45

Jeremy Helan (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

9:27

Attempt blocked. Jamie Ward (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Simon Dawkins.

8:12

Attempt missed. Simon Dawkins (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Jamie Ward.

3:39

Foul by Kalifa Cissé (Derby County).

3:39

Matty Fryatt (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

1:48

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Jeremy Helan.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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