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Derby County 2-0 Huddersfield Town

Chris Martin
Chris Martin has scored 13 goals this season

Derby County remain in fifth place in the Championship after a win over Huddersfield.

Chris Martin headed the hosts into the lead from Cyrus Christie's cross after Tom Ince had earlier seen a deflected effort hit the Town post.

The Terriers had chances to get back in the game but Jamie Paterson dragged a shot just off target from 15 yards.

Ince's shot struck the crossbar before sub Johnny Russell wrapped up the victory with a smart curling finish.

It was just a third win in 11 matches for the Rams but victory maintains their hopes of pushing for an automatic promotion place.

Darren Wassall's men are seven points behind second-placed Middlesbrough having played a game more.

Huddersfield were competitive throughout but defeat means they drop to 18th in the table, seven points clear of the relegation zone.

The Rams travel to QPR on Tuesday while Huddersfield host Reading, looking for their first win in four matches.

Derby head coach Darren Wassall: "We believe in Chris Martin but what we did do at Brentford [on 20 February] was have a long chat before the game and say we wanted him firing on all cylinders because he's a great asset to the club.

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Wassall on Derby v Huddersfield

"He hadn't scored in open play since October so we decided to leave him out for the Brentford game and he agreed with that decision. Since then, I think it was a weight off his shoulders and his attitude was great.

"He came on at Brentford and scored a wonder goal and he's not looked back since. That's all we've done, we told him we really rate him as a player and he's responded which is full credit to him."

Huddersfield head coach David Wagner: "Derby had to produce one of their best performances today to be able to beat us and so we can leave the stadium with our head up.

"I think there were only some small key points that decided this game and those were in Derby's direction which is why we lost.

"It's important that you trust and believe in yourself and sometimes you get what you deserve and sometimes not. Today I think we didn't get what we probably deserved, which was a draw or maybe more.

Line-ups

Derby

  • 17Carson
  • 2Christie
  • 6Keogh
  • 14Shackell
  • 29Olsson
  • 18ButterfieldSubstituted forBrysonat 64'minutes
  • 26HansonBooked at 59minsSubstituted forThorneat 78'minutes
  • 8Hendrick
  • 22BlackmanSubstituted forRussellat 63'minutes
  • 9Martin
  • 23Ince

Substitutes

  • 1Grant
  • 4Bryson
  • 5Buxton
  • 10Bent
  • 11Russell
  • 24Weimann
  • 34Thorne

Huddersfield

  • 1Steer
  • 2Smith
  • 5HudsonBooked at 90mins
  • 14Cranie
  • 15Husband
  • 22Dempsey
  • 4WhiteheadBooked at 36mins
  • 18LolleySubstituted forManuat 77'minutes
  • 8PatersonSubstituted forBojajat 90'minutes
  • 17BunnSubstituted forMatmourat 64'minutes
  • 21Wells

Substitutes

  • 3Davidson
  • 10Matmour
  • 11Miller
  • 19Holmes
  • 26Allinson
  • 28Manu
  • 36Bojaj
Referee:
Eddie Ilderton
Attendance:
29,698

Match Stats

Home TeamDerbyAway TeamHuddersfield
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home17
Away15
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home5
Away5
Fouls
Home6
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Derby County 2, Huddersfield Town 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Derby County 2, Huddersfield Town 0.

Foul by Mark Hudson (Huddersfield Town).

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

Offside, Huddersfield Town. Tommy Smith tries a through ball, but Karim Matmour is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Richard Keogh (Derby County) header from the left side of the six yard box misses to the left. Assisted by Chris Martin with a headed pass following a corner.

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Kyle Dempsey.

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

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Mark Hudson.

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

Booking

Mark Hudson (Huddersfield Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Mark Hudson (Huddersfield Town).

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

Foul by Nahki Wells (Huddersfield Town).

Scott Carson (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Florent Bojaj replaces Jamie Paterson.

Offside, Derby County. Craig Bryson tries a through ball, but Tom Ince is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Chris Martin (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Jeff Hendrick.

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

Foul by Nahki Wells (Huddersfield Town).

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

Foul by James Husband (Huddersfield Town).

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

Attempt missed. Jamie Paterson (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Karim Matmour.

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by George Thorne.

Attempt blocked. Karim Matmour (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Nahki Wells with a headed pass.

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. George Thorne replaces Jamie Hanson.

Substitution

Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Elvis Manu replaces Joe Lolley.

Foul by James Husband (Huddersfield Town).

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

Attempt missed. Karim Matmour (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Jamie Paterson.

Goal!

Goal! Derby County 2, Huddersfield Town 0. Johnny Russell (Derby County) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Chris Martin.

Tom Ince (Derby County) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box. Assisted by Richard Keogh.

Joe Lolley (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Tom Ince (Derby County).

Joe Lolley (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Markus Olsson (Derby County).

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

Dean Whitehead (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Chris Martin (Derby County).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Burnley351911554272768
2Middlesbrough34207747202767
3Hull34197848202864
4Brighton351713549341564
5Derby351612747301760
6Sheff Wed351413850361455
7Cardiff35141384738955
8Birmingham34159104032854
9Ipswich34159104240254
10Preston351213103332149
11Reading341111124038244
12QPR351014114142-144
13Wolves351110144349-643
14Brentford35127164855-743
15Nottm Forest341012123231142
16Leeds34914113240-841
17Blackburn34913123332140
18Huddersfield35109164448-439
19Fulham35813145358-537
20Bristol City35910163155-2437
21MK Dons3598183048-1835
22Rotherham3595213959-2032
23Charlton35610193266-3428
24Bolton35413183358-2525
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