Derby all but booked their place in the Championship play-offs after coming from a goal down to beat nine-man Huddersfield 3-1.

Nahki Wells gave the visitors the lead, but Johnny Russell equalised before Joel Lynch was booked a second time.

Huddersfield goalkeeper Alex Smithies slapped the ball into his own net to give Derby the lead after the break.

Then Peter Clarke was also dismissed as Chris Martin penalty - his 21st goal of the season - sealed Derby's victory.

The win puts Steve McClaren's side 11 points clear of seventh place with four games to go.

Huddersfield, however, still have work to do to pull clear of the drop zone after a third consecutive defeat. The Terriers have not won any of their last eight, losing five.

That was perhaps reflected in their tentative start, with Derby almost scoring as early as the third minute when a Russell volley from outside the area was blocked by Smithies.

Clarke was booked two minutes later for halting a Will Hughes run and Huddersfield had a penalty claim waved aside by Darren Deadman after Danny Ward went over.

Ward would soon have his revenge, though, when he provided the cross which found Wells at the back post. The striker had a simple tap-in from two yards.

The joy would be short lived, though. Derby levelled just before the half hour when a George Thorne pass sliced Huddersfield open and Russell cleverly flicked the ball beyond Smithies from just inside the box.

The afternoon would get even worse for Huddersfield, who were reduced to 10 men two minutes before the interval when Lynch caught Patrick Bamford late on the left touchline and was shown a second yellow card. His first booked had been earned for time wasting.

The advantage was now with Derby and they were literally given a helping hand by Smithies in the 50th minute. A Craig Forsyth cross was totally misjudged by the goalkeeper, who palmed the ball into his own net.

From then on, the outcome was in little doubt and, after Clarke sent off for conceding a penalty, Martin converted to give Derby a third.

Derby manager Steve McClaren:

"[Goalkeeper Lee Grant] got us three points again today because 2-0 would have been a difficult one to come back from.

"We can only go and try and win our games and the first job we have to do is make sure we have two feet in the play-offs and keep our focus."

Huddersfield manager Mark Robins on Alex Smithies:

"It's a tough one to take for him and he's disappointed with it, but he's a top, top young man and he will bounce back from it.

"He's made a world-class save there at the end from a header and although it doesn't make up for it in his eyes, I think he's been fantastic for us this season and he's only a young goalkeeper."

Lineup, Bookings (6) & Substitutions (6)

Derby County

  • 01 Grant
  • 33 Wisdom
  • 03 Forsyth (Naylor - 70' )
  • 34 Thorne (Hendrick - 70' )
  • 06 Keogh
  • 25 Buxton
  • 04 Bryson
  • 19 Hughes
  • 09 Martin
  • 35 Bamford (Ward - 67' )
  • 11 Russell

Substitutes

  • 08 Hendrick
  • 10 Ward
  • 12 Naylor
  • 14 Eustace
  • 18 Sammon
  • 26 Legzdins
  • 27 Whitbread

Huddersfield Town

  • 01 Smithies
  • 12 Hammill (Smith - 45' )
  • 02 Woods
  • 33 Lynch Dismissed after an earlier booking
  • 39 Gerrard Booked
  • 05 Clarke Dismissed after an earlier booking
  • 08 Clayton
  • 06 Hogg Booked
  • 11 Ward
  • 21 Wells (Scannell - 74' )
  • 04 Norwood (Wallace - 59' )

Substitutes

  • 07 Scannell
  • 10 Gobern
  • 13 Bennett
  • 15 Wallace
  • 27 Smith
  • 38 Holmes
  • 44 Bunn
Ref: Darren Deadman
Att: 25,809

Match Stats

Shots

16 6

On target

6 4

Corners

9 0

Fouls

12 12

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Derby County 3, Huddersfield Town 1.

90:00 +3:06 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Derby County 3, Huddersfield Town 1.

89:51

Attempt missed. Jamie Ward (Derby County) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Andre Wisdom with a cross.

87:24

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Alex Smithies.

87:23

Attempt saved. Johnny Russell (Derby County) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Craig Bryson.

86:57

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Daniel Ward.

86:29

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Alex Smithies.

86:26

Attempt saved. Jamie Ward (Derby County) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Craig Bryson with a cross.

85:47

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Murray Wallace.

84:07

Attempt missed. Adam Clayton (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

82:34

Attempt missed. Richard Keogh (Derby County) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Jeff Hendrick with a cross following a corner.

81:52

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Tom Smith.

74:34

Foul by Will Hughes (Derby County).

74:34

Jonathan Hogg (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

73:57

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

73:57

Foul by Jonathan Hogg (Huddersfield Town).

73:27 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Sean Scannell replaces Nahki Wells.

69:40 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Derby County. Lee Naylor replaces Craig Forsyth.

69:17 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Derby County. Jeff Hendrick replaces George Thorne.

68:22

Foul by Johnny Russell (Derby County).

68:22

Tom Smith (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

66:04 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Derby County. Jamie Ward replaces Patrick Bamford.

62:54

Foul by Patrick Bamford (Derby County).

62:54

Calum Woods (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

61:03

Foul by Craig Forsyth (Derby County).

61:03

Adam Clayton (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

58:56 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Murray Wallace replaces Oliver Norwood.

58:36

Attempt missed. Craig Bryson (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Craig Forsyth.

56:56 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Derby County 3, Huddersfield Town 1. Chris Martin (Derby County) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

56:29 Booking

Booking Anthony Gerrard (Huddersfield Town) is shown the yellow card.

55:49 Dismissal

Dismissal Second yellow card to Peter Clarke (Huddersfield Town) for a bad foul.

55:28

Penalty Derby County. Will Hughes draws a foul in the penalty area.

55:28

Penalty conceded by Peter Clarke (Huddersfield Town) after a foul in the penalty area.

54:59

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

54:47

Attempt saved. Patrick Bamford (Derby County) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Will Hughes.

53:17

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Tom Smith.

51:53

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

51:53

Foul by Peter Clarke (Huddersfield Town).

49:42 Goal scored

Goal! Own Goal by Alex Smithies, Huddersfield Town. Derby County 2, Huddersfield Town 1.

47:08

Attempt saved. Daniel Ward (Huddersfield Town) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Oliver Norwood with a cross.

45:00

Second Half begins Derby County 1, Huddersfield Town 1.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Tom Smith replaces Adam Hammill.

45:00 +3:12 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Derby County 1, Huddersfield Town 1.

45:00 +2:15

Attempt missed. Chris Martin (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by George Thorne.

45:00 +1:05

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Anthony Gerrard.

44:48

Attempt missed. Patrick Bamford (Derby County) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by George Thorne.

42:29 Dismissal

Dismissal Second yellow card to Joel Lynch (Huddersfield Town) for a bad foul.

42:21

Patrick Bamford (Derby County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

42:21

Foul by Joel Lynch (Huddersfield Town).

39:59

Attempt missed. George Thorne (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

39:37

Offside, Huddersfield Town. Anthony Gerrard tries a through ball, but Nahki Wells is caught offside.

38:59

Foul by Patrick Bamford (Derby County).

38:59

Daniel Ward (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

38:36

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

38:36

Foul by Nahki Wells (Huddersfield Town).

37:15

Attempt missed. Nahki Wells (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left.

37:13

Attempt saved. Daniel Ward (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Nahki Wells with a headed pass.

33:07

George Thorne (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

33:07

Foul by Daniel Ward (Huddersfield Town).

30:54 Booking

Booking Joel Lynch (Huddersfield Town) is shown the yellow card.

29:46

Foul by Will Hughes (Derby County).

29:46

Adam Hammill (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

27:45 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Derby County 1, Huddersfield Town 1. Johnny Russell (Derby County) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by George Thorne with a through ball.

26:08

Foul by Johnny Russell (Derby County).

26:08

Calum Woods (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

25:29

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

24:19

Delay in match Adam Clayton (Huddersfield Town) because of an injury.

21:50

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

21:50

Foul by Nahki Wells (Huddersfield Town).

21:12

Attempt missed. Jake Buxton (Derby County) header from the left side of the six yard box is too high. Assisted by Johnny Russell with a cross following a corner.

20:46

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Peter Clarke.

20:18

Attempt saved. Nahki Wells (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

19:22

Foul by Chris Martin (Derby County).

19:22

Anthony Gerrard (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

17:06

Foul by George Thorne (Derby County).

17:06

Nahki Wells (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

16:11

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Adam Clayton.

13:04 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Derby County 0, Huddersfield Town 1. Nahki Wells (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Daniel Ward with a cross.

11:39

Foul by Johnny Russell (Derby County).

11:39

Adam Clayton (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

10:52

Offside, Derby County. Craig Forsyth tries a through ball, but Chris Martin is caught offside.

8:31

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

8:31

Foul by Joel Lynch (Huddersfield Town).

7:32

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

6:45

Patrick Bamford (Derby County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

6:45

Foul by Adam Clayton (Huddersfield Town).

5:15

Foul by Johnny Russell (Derby County).

5:15

Peter Clarke (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

4:11 Booking

Booking Peter Clarke (Huddersfield Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

4:01

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

4:01

Foul by Peter Clarke (Huddersfield Town).

2:26

Attempt missed. Richard Keogh (Derby County) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high following a set piece situation.

2:22

Attempt saved. Johnny Russell (Derby County) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

1:44

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

1:44

Foul by Jonathan Hogg (Huddersfield Town).

1:16

Foul by Adam Hammill (Huddersfield Town).

1:16

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

0:46

Adam Hammill (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

0:46

Foul by George Thorne (Derby County).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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