Charlton Athletic 0-2 Derby County

Derby goalscorer Craig Bryson

Derby secured a sixth successive league win as they beat Charlton courtesy of goals from Jamie Ward and Craig Bryson.

Charlton started strongly but went behind when Ward's free-kick took a deflection and left keeper Ben Alnwick wrong-footed.

A Ward shot also hit the crossbar after a pull-back from Chris Martin.

Bryson secured the win late on when he when he latched onto Conor Sammon's pass and dinked the ball over Alnwick for his ninth goal of the season.

The Rams have lost just once in the 10 games since former England manager McClaren succeeded Nigel Clough and are five points off Championship leaders QPR.

Charlton have lost five in a row and are just above the relegation zone.

Steve McClaren

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Post-match: Derby coach Steve McClaren

The Addicks failed to make their early dominance count went behind through Ward's deflected free-kick.

Alnwick made a full-length save to deny Bryson as Derby seized the momentum following the goal.

Chris Powell's home side started the second half as they did the first though, and Dale Stephens was inches away from levelling with a low 20-yard effort.

Powell gambled by throwing on another striker in Marvin Sordell five minutes from the end, but it backfired two minutes later when midfielder Bryson scored as Charlton pushed forward.

Charlton manager Chris Powell:

Chris Powell

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Post-match: Charlton boss Powell

"I felt we got our shape and tactics right for half an hour before they scored with a deflected goal.

"They then had the impetus. Ben (Alnwick) made a great save to keep us in it at 1-0.

"We needed something to break the cycle but it just didn't happen."

Derby boss Steve McClaren:

"For the first 20 minutes we could not get hold of the ball. We showed resilience at the right times to defend resolutely and keep a clean sheet.

"We also showed we can score goals at the right time as well.

"You have to win in different ways in the Championship. We showed that in the way we scrapped to get the three points from a very difficult game.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1QPR2012621442
2Burnley2011721740
3Leicester2012351039
4Derby2011451637
5Reading20974734
6Leeds201037933
7Nottm Forest20884732
8Brighton20875731
9Blackpool20875031
10Ipswich20866630
11Blackburn20767127
12Huddersfield20758126
13Watford20677225
14Birmingham20659023
15Wigan18648-122
16Bolton19577-322
17Bournemouth206410-1422
18Millwall20569-1521
19Middlesbrough20488-120
20Doncaster205510-1720
21Charlton204610-918
22Sheff Wed19388-817
23Yeovil204511-1017
24Barnsley203611-1915
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