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Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-1 Derby County

George Saville
George Saville's goals against Derby were his first for Wolves since signing in the summer of 2014

George Saville scored twice as Wolves beat promotion-chasing Derby County to end their seven-game winless run.

The hosts, without victory since 12 January, edged the early stages and led through Saville's 18-yard curler.

The Rams, who themselves had endured an eight-match winless run prior to recent victories over Brentford and Blackburn, equalised through Chris Martin's free-kick from the edge of the area.

But Saville's header with four minutes left won it for Kenny Jackett's side.

The 22-year-old had never scored in 15 previous appearances for Wolves, and has spent time out on loan at Bristol City and Millwall since signing from Chelsea in 2014.

But his brace either side of Martin's goal on the stroke of half-time ended the home side's "rotten run" and kept Derby five points adrift of the automatic promotion places.

Wolves had carved out the better opportunities of an otherwise scrappy second half, with Matt Doherty having a goal correctly ruled out for offside and Bjorn Sigurdarson rattling the foot of the post.

Substitute Thomas Ince came closest for a disjointed Derby, curling a left-footed effort just wide, while two Jacob Butterfield sighters from long range stung the hands of home keeper Carl Ikeme.

Wolves manager Kenny Jackett:

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Jackett on Wolves v Derby

"I am pleased with the performance. I felt that it was a good response after losing at Brentford on Tuesday.

"You could see the passion that they had to play and hopefully now we can build on this win.

"With losing the last three games, you are quite often looking to scrap out a draw to try and stop the rot and turn the tide, and then build on that.

"We want to try and close the gap if we can between ourselves and the top sides. We will be looking up the table and trying to draw back some very good teams."

Derby County head coach Darren Wassall:

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Darren Wassall: Derby County head coach on Wolves defeat

"We certainly deserved at least a draw. It would have been a brilliant week if we had got a result, whether it was a win or a draw, as we wanted to remain unbeaten over the week.

"So it is bitterly disappointing as I don't think we deserved that. Full credit to Wolves as they kept going, but two shots on target from the home side is tough to take.

"But we have to take the positives as team performances over the last three games have been excellent.

"The biggest disappointment of today is that we have conceded late on."

George Saville
George Saville has only started four league games for Wolves this season

Line-ups

Wolves

  • 1Ikeme
  • 18Iorfa
  • 6BatthBooked at 51mins
  • 23Ebanks-Landell
  • 2Doherty
  • 11McDonaldBooked at 80mins
  • 25ByrneSubstituted forMasonat 76'minutes
  • 16Coady
  • 8SavilleBooked at 90mins
  • 3Helan
  • 22SigurdarsonBooked at 57mins

Substitutes

  • 10Mason
  • 15Rowe
  • 19Price
  • 26Martinez
  • 29Le Fondre
  • 30Hause
  • 35Hunte

Derby

  • 17Carson
  • 2ChristieBooked at 75mins
  • 6Keogh
  • 14Shackell
  • 29Olsson
  • 8Hendrick
  • 34ThorneSubstituted forInceat 56'minutes
  • 18Butterfield
  • 11RussellSubstituted forWeimannat 56'minutes
  • 9Martin
  • 15JohnsonSubstituted forBlackmanat 88'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Grant
  • 4Bryson
  • 5Buxton
  • 22Blackman
  • 23Ince
  • 24Weimann
  • 26Hanson
Referee:
Graham Scott
Attendance:
19,389

Match Stats

Home TeamWolvesAway TeamDerby
Possession
Home43%
Away57%
Shots
Home7
Away9
Shots on Target
Home2
Away4
Corners
Home3
Away3
Fouls
Home17
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, Derby County 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, Derby County 1.

Foul by Cyrus Christie (Derby County).

Jeremy Helan (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Booking

George Saville (Wolverhampton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Tom Ince (Derby County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by George Saville (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Foul by Chris Martin (Derby County).

Matt Doherty (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. Nick Blackman replaces Bradley Johnson.

Foul by Jeff Hendrick (Derby County).

George Saville (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, Derby County 1. George Saville (Wolverhampton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Matt Doherty with a cross.

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

Foul by Björn Sigurdarson (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Björn Sigurdarson (Wolverhampton Wanderers) hits the left post with a right footed shot from outside the box.

Booking

Kevin McDonald (Wolverhampton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card.

Jacob Butterfield (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kevin McDonald (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Matt Doherty.

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

Foul by Björn Sigurdarson (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Attempt missed. Björn Sigurdarson (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jeremy Helan.

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Joe Mason replaces Nathan Byrne.

Booking

Cyrus Christie (Derby County) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Cyrus Christie (Derby County).

Jeremy Helan (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt blocked. George Saville (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Jason Shackell (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Björn Sigurdarson (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Attempt blocked. Jacob Butterfield (Derby County) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Cyrus Christie (Derby County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Jeremy Helan (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Attempt saved. Bradley Johnson (Derby County) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt missed. Tom Ince (Derby County) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Bradley Johnson.

Offside, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conor Coady tries a through ball, but Matt Doherty is caught offside.

Booking

Björn Sigurdarson (Wolverhampton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Markus Olsson (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Björn Sigurdarson (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. Tom Ince replaces George Thorne.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Burnley341811553272665
2Hull33197748192964
3Middlesbrough32197644172764
4Brighton331612545341160
5Derby341512745301557
6Sheff Wed341413750351555
7Cardiff34131384538752
8Birmingham33149103932751
9Ipswich33149104140151
10Preston341212103332148
11QPR341014104140144
12Reading331110123836243
13Wolves341110134247-543
14Brentford34127154753-643
15Nottm Forest331012113230242
16Huddersfield34109154446-239
17Leeds32814103035-538
18Blackburn32813113130137
19Bristol City34910153153-2237
20Fulham34812145156-536
21MK Dons3488182848-2032
22Rotherham3485213859-2129
23Bolton34413173256-2425
24Charlton34510193065-3525
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