Derby's impressive form under Steve McClaren continued against Doncaster as they recorded seven consecutive league wins for the first time since 1995.

Goals from Jamie Ward, Simon Dawkins and Craig Bryson secured the points for the Rams who are now just three points outside the automatic promotion spots.

The hosts could even afford the luxury of a missed penalty from Chris Martin and a Jake Buxton own goal.

Derby have lost once since McClaren replaced Nigel Clough in charge.

Doncaster handed Derby the initiative early on when Luke McCullough failed to deal with a bouncing ball on the edge of his area which allowed Martin to pounce and play in Ward, who rolled the ball past Ross Turnbull from eight yards.

Striker Theo Robinson, who left Derby for Doncaster in August, had a shot deflected over in the 22nd minute and ex-England boss McClaren was forced to make a change in defence three minutes later when skipper Richard Keogh was replaced by Michael Keane.

McClaren impact

The Rams have earned 28 points from the 33 available since Steve McClaren replaced Nigel Clough as Derby manager

The Rams were then awarded a penalty when McCullough barged over Martin after Bryson's pass opened up Doncaster's defence. However, Turnbull guessed correctly and dived to his right to save Martin's spot-kick.

Doncaster, without a win since a 2-1 victory over QPR last month, had played some neat passing football in the first half without seriously threatening the Derby goal but they had two chances to equalise at the start of the second.

Those misses cost the visitors in the 50th minute when Derby increased their lead.

Dawkins, on loan from Tottenham, picked up the ball just outside the centre circle and ran at a retreating defence before firing low past Turnbull from just inside the area.

Doncaster pulled one back when Buxton headed a cross into his own net under pressure but Derby restored their two-goal cushion when a clever pass by Martin sent Bryson into the area and the midfielder placed his shot inside Turnbull's left-hand post from 12 yards.

Derby manager Steve McClaren:

"I don't want to dampen expectations. I want there to be a buzz because that's what fans want but in the dressing room and the training ground, it's business as normal.

"As long as we stay that way and keep our feet on the ground, we can continue winning but the time we get sloppy and think we've made it, this game has a habit of cutting your legs off.

"It's a big concern [captain Richard Keogh's knee injury] because he's been terrific for us. He locked and jarred his knee but hopefully it's not too serious and we'll know more on Monday or Tuesday."

Doncaster manager Paul Dickov:

"That's two weeks running that we've played ever so well. We came to a team whose form shows they are the best in the division at the minute and really took the game to them and caused them problems.

"Some of our football, especially in the second half, was top class. You talk about game defining moments and Theo [Robinson] was clean through and within seconds we are two nil down.

"There are lots of positives, they are one of the best passing teams in this division and we have more than matched them and out-passed them at times."

Lineup, Bookings (0) & Substitutions (6)

Derby County

  • 01 Grant
  • 33 Wisdom
  • 03 Forsyth
  • 14 Eustace (Hendrick - 67' )
  • 06 Keogh (Keane - 25' )
  • 25 Buxton
  • 04 Bryson
  • 19 Hughes
  • 09 Martin
  • 10 Ward (Russell - 77' )
  • 32 Dawkins

Substitutes

  • 08 Hendrick
  • 11 Russell
  • 18 Sammon
  • 20 Bennett
  • 26 Legzdins
  • 34 Cissé
  • 38 Keane

Doncaster Rovers

  • 01 Turnbull
  • 02 Quinn (Wakefield - 67' )
  • 31 Stevens
  • 19 Wellens
  • 14 Khumalo
  • 12 McCullough
  • 07 Duffy
  • 04 Furman
  • 09 Brown (Macheda - 41' )
  • 22 Robinson
  • 17 Woods (Forrester - 57' )

Substitutes

  • 10 Macheda
  • 11 Cotterill
  • 13 Maxted
  • 15 Wakefield
  • 21 De Val
  • 25 Forrester
  • 27 Yun Suk-young
Ref: Nigel Miller
Att: 26,314

Match Stats

Shots

13 12

On target

6 4

Corners

4 4

Fouls

11 11

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Derby County 3, Doncaster Rovers 1.

90:00 +4:07 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Derby County 3, Doncaster Rovers 1.

90:00 +2:08

Attempt saved. Mark Duffy (Doncaster Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

90:00 +0:50

Attempt blocked. Will Hughes (Derby County) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Craig Bryson.

83:34

Johnny Russell (Derby County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

83:34

Foul by Enda Stevens (Doncaster Rovers).

82:03

Foul by Simon Dawkins (Derby County).

82:03

Mark Duffy (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

81:09

Foul by Will Hughes (Derby County).

81:09

Richard Wellens (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

79:58

Foul by Will Hughes (Derby County).

79:58

Harry Forrester (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

79:00

Attempt blocked. Richard Wellens (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Harry Forrester.

77:01 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Derby County 3, Doncaster Rovers 1. Craig Bryson (Derby County) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Chris Martin.

76:36 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Derby County. Johnny Russell replaces Jamie Ward.

72:53

Will Hughes (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

72:53

Foul by Dean Furman (Doncaster Rovers).

71:58

Attempt missed. Mark Duffy (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Federico Macheda.

71:34

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

68:40

Foul by Michael Keane (Derby County).

68:40

Dean Furman (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

66:27

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

66:26 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Doncaster Rovers. Liam Wakefield replaces Paul Quinn because of an injury.

66:03 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Derby County. Jeff Hendrick replaces John Eustace.

65:05

Delay in match Paul Quinn (Doncaster Rovers) because of an injury.

64:44

Attempt missed. Federico Macheda (Doncaster Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Theo Robinson with a headed pass.

63:34 Goal scored

Goal! Own Goal by Jake Buxton, Derby County. Derby County 2, Doncaster Rovers 1.

62:55

Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Craig Forsyth.

61:51

Attempt blocked. Harry Forrester (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Mark Duffy.

61:39

Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Craig Bryson.

60:42

Jamie Ward (Derby County) hits the left post with a right footed shot from the centre of the box. Assisted by Craig Forsyth with a cross.

60:03

Attempt saved. Mark Duffy (Doncaster Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Federico Macheda.

57:54

Attempt missed. Simon Dawkins (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Will Hughes.

56:31 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Doncaster Rovers. Harry Forrester replaces Martin Woods.

55:38

Foul by Chris Martin (Derby County).

55:38

Bongani Khumalo (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

54:30

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Bongani Khumalo.

52:55

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

52:49

Attempt blocked. Michael Keane (Derby County) header from the left side of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by Craig Bryson with a cross.

52:28

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Paul Quinn.

49:08 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Derby County 2, Doncaster Rovers 0. Simon Dawkins (Derby County) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Chris Martin.

48:42

Attempt saved. Theo Robinson (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Enda Stevens.

48:03

Attempt missed. Theo Robinson (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Paul Quinn with a headed pass.

47:28

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

46:39

Will Hughes (Derby County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

46:39

Foul by Enda Stevens (Doncaster Rovers).

46:04

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

46:04

Foul by Richard Wellens (Doncaster Rovers).

45:00

Second Half begins Derby County 1, Doncaster Rovers 0.

45:00 +4:31 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Derby County 1, Doncaster Rovers 0.

45:00 +1:07

John Eustace (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00 +1:07

Foul by Richard Wellens (Doncaster Rovers).

42:38

Foul by John Eustace (Derby County).

42:38

Federico Macheda (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

41:43

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

41:25

Delay in match Chris Martin (Derby County) because of an injury.

40:47

Foul by Simon Dawkins (Derby County).

40:47

Dean Furman (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

40:39

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

40:19 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Doncaster Rovers. Federico Macheda replaces Chris Brown because of an injury.

39:21

Delay in match Chris Brown (Doncaster Rovers) because of an injury.

35:40

Craig Forsyth (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

35:40

Foul by Mark Duffy (Doncaster Rovers).

35:24

Penalty saved! Chris Martin (Derby County) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom left corner.

34:26

Penalty Derby County. Chris Martin draws a foul in the penalty area.

34:26

Penalty conceded by Luke McCullough (Doncaster Rovers) after a foul in the penalty area.

29:42

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

29:42

Foul by Richard Wellens (Doncaster Rovers).

27:03

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Paul Quinn.

24:27 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Derby County. Michael Keane replaces Richard Keogh because of an injury.

23:32

Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Richard Keogh.

23:22

Attempt blocked. Theo Robinson (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Mark Duffy.

21:51

Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Andre Wisdom.

21:49

Attempt blocked. Chris Brown (Doncaster Rovers) header from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Paul Quinn with a headed pass.

21:07

Foul by Richard Keogh (Derby County).

21:07

Chris Brown (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

19:50

Attempt saved. Richard Wellens (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Chris Brown with a headed pass.

19:41

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

18:14

Delay in match Richard Keogh (Derby County) because of an injury.

16:02

Foul by John Eustace (Derby County).

16:02

Richard Wellens (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

12:11 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Derby County 1, Doncaster Rovers 0. Jamie Ward (Derby County) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Chris Martin.

10:42

Richard Wellens (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

10:42

Foul by Craig Bryson (Derby County).

9:10

Foul by Jake Buxton (Derby County).

9:10

Luke McCullough (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

8:57

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Enda Stevens.

8:11

Foul by Luke McCullough (Doncaster Rovers).

8:11

Chris Martin (Derby County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

7:49

Foul by Chris Brown (Doncaster Rovers).

7:49

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

7:14

Attempt missed. Chris Martin (Derby County) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Jamie Ward following a set piece situation.

6:14

Foul by Richard Wellens (Doncaster Rovers).

6:14

Will Hughes (Derby County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

5:25

Offside, Derby County. John Eustace tries a through ball, but Jamie Ward is caught offside.

4:44

Attempt missed. Mark Duffy (Doncaster Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Theo Robinson.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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