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Derby County 4-0 Blackpool

Tom Ince celebrates scoring with Richard Keogh
Tom Ince is on loan at Derby from Hull, who signed him from Blackpool last summer

Derby put their poor recent form behind them by hammering already-relegated Blackpool to stay firmly in the race for promotion from the Championship.

The Rams, who had only won one of their last nine, led in the third minute through Craig Bryson's strike.

And they sealed the win before half-time through Tom Ince's driven goal and Darren Bent's curling finish.

Bent added his second from the penalty spot after Ryan Shotton was pulled back in the box.

Derby's remaining games
18 April: Huddersfield (away)
25 April: Millwall (away)
2 May: Reading (home)

With three games to go and a seven-point gap between the Rams and second place a late push for automatic promotion is highly unlikely.

But this win does strengthen their position in the play-offs, leaving them fifth, four points ahead of seventh-placed Brentford, who lost 1-0 at Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday.

Blackpool are now guaranteed to finish bottom of the table and appear broken by a turbulent season, but Derby were still ruthlessly efficient in picking them off.

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McClaren on Derby v Blackpool

Bryson was given acres of space but still had to pull out a precise and powerful shot to score the opener.

Ince was not tracked but his curling finish to double the lead against his former club was still of the highest quality.

Bent benefitted from an under-hit Charles Dunne back-pass for the third and his finish was emphatic.

With the game won, Derby were able to ease off, although they still managed to add a fourth when Peter Clarke dragged back the charging Shotton and Bent fired home from the spot for his 12th goal in 15 matches since joining on loan from Aston Villa.

Derby boss Steve McClaren: "This was the genuine article. We kept a clean sheet, we worked, we passed and moved, we played at a good tempo and we got our reward."

Blackpool manager Lee Clark: "We need to change everything and restructure the whole club. This will mean a very busy summer but we have already started talking about players and I have never been knocked back whenever I have asked for support in bringing people in."

Line-ups

Derby

  • 1Grant
  • 6Keogh
  • 32Shotton
  • 17Whitbread
  • 37Warnock
  • 4Bryson
  • 8HendrickSubstituted forThomasat 78'minutes
  • 7Dawkins
  • 23InceSubstituted forWardat 74'minutes
  • 39BentSubstituted forRussellat 68'minutes
  • 16Lingard

Substitutes

  • 2Christie
  • 3Forsyth
  • 10Ward
  • 11Russell
  • 21Roos
  • 29Thomas
  • 36Albentosa

Blackpool

  • 21Parish
  • 3MaherSubstituted forBarkhuizenat 54'minutes
  • 6Clarke
  • 48O'Dea
  • 18Dunne
  • 22Cubero Loria
  • 4Perkins
  • 31O'Hara
  • 11Orlandi
  • 24Madine
  • 40CameronSubstituted forOsavi-Samuelat 69'minutes

Substitutes

  • 20Oliver
  • 25Ferguson
  • 27Barkhuizen
  • 34Telford
  • 41Higham
  • 42Boney
  • 43Osavi-Samuel
Referee:
Oliver Langford
Attendance:
27,227

Match Stats

Home TeamDerbyAway TeamBlackpool
Possession
Home61%
Away39%
Shots
Home18
Away10
Shots on Target
Home8
Away0
Corners
Home5
Away4
Fouls
Home9
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Derby County 4, Blackpool 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Derby County 4, Blackpool 0.

Attempt missed. José Cubero (Blackpool) header from the right side of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Andrea Orlandi following a set piece situation.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Jamie O'Hara (Blackpool) because of an injury.

Foul by Richard Keogh (Derby County).

Jamie O'Hara (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jesse Lingard (Derby County).

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

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Andrea Orlandi.

Foul by Jamie Ward (Derby County).

Bright Samuel (Blackpool) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Jesse Lingard (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Stephen Warnock following a set piece situation.

Craig Bryson (Derby County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by José Cubero (Blackpool).

Kwame Thomas (Derby County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Darren O'Dea (Blackpool).

Attempt missed. Jesse Lingard (Derby County) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Attempt blocked. Charles Dunne (Blackpool) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. Kwame Thomas replaces Jeff Hendrick.

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

Foul by Charles Dunne (Blackpool).

Attempt missed. Andrea Orlandi (Blackpool) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Jamie O'Hara following a set piece situation.

Foul by Zak Whitbread (Derby County).

Tom Barkhuizen (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. Jamie Ward replaces Tom Ince.

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Zak Whitbread.

Foul by Zak Whitbread (Derby County).

Gary Madine (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Offside, Blackpool. Charles Dunne tries a through ball, but Gary Madine is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackpool. Bright Samuel replaces Henry Cameron.

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. Johnny Russell replaces Darren Bent.

Foul by Craig Bryson (Derby County).

Tom Barkhuizen (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Offside, Derby County. Jeff Hendrick tries a through ball, but Jesse Lingard is caught offside.

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Peter Clarke.

Attempt blocked. Darren Bent (Derby County) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Tom Ince with a through ball.

Goal!

Goal! Derby County 4, Blackpool 0. Darren Bent (Derby County) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the top left corner.

Penalty Derby County. Ryan Shotton draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Andrea Orlandi (Blackpool) after a foul in the penalty area.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bournemouth432411890434783
2Norwich432410983443982
3Middlesbrough432491064333181
4Watford422471184483679
5Derby4321121078463275
6Ipswich4321111167491874
7Brentford432181471571471
8Wolves4320111264531171
9Blackburn421514135652459
10Nottm Forest421513146559658
11Sheff Wed431416133944-558
12Charlton431318125255-357
13Cardiff431413165258-655
14Birmingham421315145163-1254
15Leeds431410194758-1152
16Huddersfield431313175269-1752
17Bolton431311195261-950
18Reading421211194464-2047
19Brighton431016174350-746
20Fulham42129215475-2145
21Rotherham421013194264-2243
22Millwall42912213767-3039
23Wigan43812233759-2236
24Blackpool43413263487-5325
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