Derby County inflicted a fourth straight league defeat on Fulham with a thumping win that sent Felix Magath's side to the bottom of the Championship.

Jamie Ward had the Rams in front at the break when he volleyed home Johnny Russell's right-wing cross.

The visitors drew level through Scott Parker's low drive.

But Craig Bryson converted a Ward lay-off, Chris Martin fired in twice and Simon Dawkins' neat finish gave the hosts a resounding win.

The defeat leaves Fulham without a victory their 1-0 Premier League victory over fellow relegated side Norwich on 12 April, and increases the pressure on Magath.

In contrast, Steve McClaren's side, beaten play-off finalists last season, moved up to seventh after a match in which Ward opened the scoring by volleying into the roof of the net at the near post from Russell's whipped ball.

Fulham under Magath

Fulham have only won three of their 15 games, losing nine, since former Bayern Munich and Wolfsburg manager Magath replaced Rene Meulensteen at Craven Cottage.

The closest the visitors came in the first half was when Ross McCormack, still seeking his first Fulham goal since his £11m move from Leeds, tried an audacious effort from his own half which was gathered by Lee Grant underneath the bar.

But shortly after half-time they were level when Ryan Williams laid back McCormack's centre to Parker, who drove low beyond Grant.

Magath on Derby v Fulham

Derby almost immediately responded, but Martin blazed over with the goal at his mercy when at full stretch from Jeff Hendrick's cross.

However they were soon back in front when Russell touched a forward ball from Hendrick into the path of Bryson to strike home, and, in the next minute, Martin expertly turned defender Cameron Burgess and struck left-footed into the bottom left-hand corner.

The hosts wrapped up victory with two late goals. First, Will Hughes laid off to fellow substitute Dawkins, who struck the post but Martin was there to follow up before Dawkins rolled into the net from a neat pass from Hughes.

Derby manager Steve McClaren said: "In the last 15 minutes we were totally dominant.

"We wanted to make sure we put a marker down and we've done that but it's no good doing it in one game, we've got to do it consistently."

Fulham boss Felix Magath said: "That was the worst performance but the good thing about today is that it is clear we have to change something.

"A few minutes after the game is not the time to talk about what we will change but for sure there will be new players in."

Lineup, Bookings (0) & Substitutions (6)

Derby County

  • 01 Grant
  • 02 Christie
  • 06 Keogh
  • 05 Buxton
  • 03 Forsyth
  • 08 Hendrick
  • 14 Eustace
  • 04 Bryson (Hughes - 84' )
  • 10 Ward (Best - 89' )
  • 09 Martin
  • 11 Russell (Dawkins - 83' )

Substitutes

  • 07 Dawkins
  • 12 Naylor
  • 17 Whitbread
  • 19 Hughes
  • 21 Roos
  • 30 Best
  • 33 Mascarell

Fulham

  • 41 Joronen
  • 02 Hoogland (Voser - 67' )
  • 06 Bodurov
  • 38 Burgess
  • 32 Kavanagh
  • 14 Roberts (Eisfeld - 80' )
  • 39 Williams
  • 08 Parker
  • 03 Stafylidis (Kacaniklic - 60' )
  • 16 Woodrow
  • 44 McCormack

Substitutes

  • 04 Hutchinson
  • 07 Eisfeld
  • 11 Kacaniklic
  • 15 Voser
  • 25 Dembele
  • 28 Hyndman
  • 40 Bettinelli
Ref: Oliver Langford
Att: 26,577

Match Stats

Shots

18 9

On target

9 4

Corners

4 5

Fouls

12 6

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Derby County 5, Fulham 1.

90:00 +4:01 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Derby County 5, Fulham 1.

90:00 +3:29

Jesse Joronen (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +3:29

Foul by Chris Martin (Derby County).

90:00 +3:27

Attempt saved. Simon Dawkins (Derby County) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Chris Martin.

90:00 +1:38

Alexander Kacaniklic (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90:00 +1:38

Foul by Will Hughes (Derby County).

90:00 +0:24

Attempt blocked. Cauley Woodrow (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Kay Voser.

89:22

Attempt saved. Scott Parker (Fulham) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Cameron Burgess.

88:39 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Derby County. Leon Best replaces Jamie Ward.

87:35 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Derby County 5, Fulham 1. Simon Dawkins (Derby County) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Will Hughes.

86:35 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Derby County 4, Fulham 1. Chris Martin (Derby County) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

86:32

Simon Dawkins (Derby County) hits the right post with a left footed shot from the centre of the box. Assisted by Will Hughes.

84:39

Alexander Kacaniklic (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.

84:39

Foul by Jamie Ward (Derby County).

83:33 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Derby County. Will Hughes replaces Craig Bryson.

82:15 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Derby County. Simon Dawkins replaces Johnny Russell.

81:50

Offside, Derby County. Craig Forsyth tries a through ball, but Johnny Russell is caught offside.

79:35 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Fulham. Thomas Eisfeld replaces Patrick Roberts.

77:28

Foul by Scott Parker (Fulham).

77:28

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

74:32

Attempt blocked. Chris Martin (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Craig Bryson.

70:39

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Cyrus Christie.

69:44

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

68:49

Delay in match Ross McCormack (Fulham) because of an injury.

66:54

Scott Parker (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

66:54

Foul by Jamie Ward (Derby County).

66:28 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Fulham. Kay Voser replaces Tim Hoogland.

65:57

Attempt missed. Tim Hoogland (Fulham) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Ross McCormack with a cross following a corner.

65:35

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Craig Forsyth.

64:38

Cauley Woodrow (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.

64:38

Foul by John Eustace (Derby County).

63:52

Attempt missed. Chris Martin (Derby County) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Jamie Ward with a cross.

60:22 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Derby County 3, Fulham 1. Chris Martin (Derby County) left footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Cyrus Christie.

59:58

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

59:58

Foul by Ryan Williams (Fulham).

59:20 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Fulham. Alexander Kacaniklic replaces Konstantinos Stafylidis.

58:51 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Derby County 2, Fulham 1. Craig Bryson (Derby County) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Johnny Russell.

58:18

Attempt saved. Ross McCormack (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Cauley Woodrow.

57:38

Attempt saved. Chris Martin (Derby County) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jeff Hendrick with a cross.

55:15

Attempt missed. Chris Martin (Derby County) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is too high. Assisted by Jeff Hendrick with a cross.

53:08 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Derby County 1, Fulham 1. Scott Parker (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Tim Hoogland following a set piece situation.

53:02

Attempt blocked. Ross McCormack (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

52:25

Ross McCormack (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

52:25

Foul by John Eustace (Derby County).

51:39

Attempt missed. Johnny Russell (Derby County) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high. Assisted by John Eustace.

50:01

Attempt missed. Richard Keogh (Derby County) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Jamie Ward with a cross following a set piece situation.

49:03

Hand ball by Konstantinos Stafylidis (Fulham).

45:00

Second Half begins Derby County 1, Fulham 0.

45:00 +1:49 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Derby County 1, Fulham 0.

45:00 +1:00

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

45:00 +1:00

Foul by Sean Kavanagh (Fulham).

44:29

Offside, Fulham. Cameron Burgess tries a through ball, but Cauley Woodrow is caught offside.

42:03

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Cameron Burgess.

42:01

Attempt blocked. Jake Buxton (Derby County) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Johnny Russell with a cross.

41:17

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Cameron Burgess.

40:14

Foul by Johnny Russell (Derby County).

40:14

Sean Kavanagh (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.

37:50

Foul by John Eustace (Derby County).

37:50

Cauley Woodrow (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.

36:56

Attempt saved. Ross McCormack (Fulham) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is saved in the top left corner.

36:04

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Jake Buxton.

36:01

Attempt missed. Konstantinos Stafylidis (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Ryan Williams.

33:04

Foul by Craig Forsyth (Derby County).

33:04

Ryan Williams (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

32:10

Foul by Craig Bryson (Derby County).

32:10

Scott Parker (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.

31:09

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Richard Keogh.

30:33

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Cyrus Christie.

30:10

Foul by Cyrus Christie (Derby County).

30:10

Konstantinos Stafylidis (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.

29:23

Offside, Derby County. Cyrus Christie tries a through ball, but Chris Martin is caught offside.

26:39

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

26:39

Foul by Nikolay Bodurov (Fulham).

24:47

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

23:49

Offside, Fulham. Jesse Joronen tries a through ball, but Cauley Woodrow is caught offside.

22:51 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Derby County 1, Fulham 0. Jamie Ward (Derby County) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Johnny Russell with a cross.

19:28

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

19:28

Foul by Cameron Burgess (Fulham).

18:40

Attempt blocked. Johnny Russell (Derby County) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Craig Bryson.

18:11

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Cameron Burgess.

16:48

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Nikolay Bodurov.

14:01

Foul by John Eustace (Derby County).

14:01

Ross McCormack (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.

12:23

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

4:26

Attempt missed. Cauley Woodrow (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Scott Parker.

2:29

Attempt missed. Johnny Russell (Derby County) left footed shot from the left side of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Cyrus Christie with a cross.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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