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Derby County 4-1 Bolton Wanderers

Johnny Russell
Johnny Russell fires Derby ahead from long range

Bolton Wanderers' relegation to League One was confirmed by a heavy defeat at promotion-chasing Derby County.

Johnny Russell's 30-yard effort put the Rams ahead, before Tom Ince's volley doubled the lead before half-time.

Jacob Butterfield's deflected shot and Russell's close-range finish, either side of Zach Clough's consolation from the penalty spot, made sure of the win.

Bolton, without an away victory this season, have not played in the third tier of English football since 1992-93.

They looked bereft of confidence, having been in the Championship relegation zone since the start of October, and could have easily been six or seven goals down by the break.

Will Hughes Derby
Derby midfielder Will Hughes made his return from a knee injury suffered on the opening day of the season at Bolton

In a campaign featuring only one win before Christmas, Wanderers had a brief upturn in results in January and February, but are now without victory in 11 matches.

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Phillips on Derby v Bolton

Derby, on the back of Tuesday's 4-0 win against play-off rivals Hull, were at their fluent best as Ince, Cyrus Christie and Craig Bryson all had chances to put the game beyond Bolton's reach in the first half.

Clough's spot-kick - after Mark Davies was fouled by George Thorne - prevented the Rams from winning a fifth straight home game without conceding a goal, a feat unequalled by Derby since 1925.

But it made no difference to the result as Bolton's 23rd league defeat of the season moved the hosts up to fourth in the table.

Bolton's season of turmoil

Asides from the problems on the pitch, Bolton's relegation caps a tumultuous season behind the scenes, including staff wages being withheld, a winding-up petition issued and a takeover completed.

Neil Lennon
Former Celtic boss Lennon left Bolton Wanderers on 15 March

Manager Neil Lennon left the Macron Stadium by mutual consent last month, with academy boss Jimmy Phillips put in temporary charge.

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Post Match: Wassall on Bolton win

They were also £172.9m in debt, but it is believed the majority has been written off by former owner Eddie Davies.

Bolton's slide into the third tier comes just over a decade after they finished sixth in the Premier League and qualified for the UEFA Cup for the first time in their history.

They now need one point from their remaining five games left to avoid the ignominy of equalling the lowest-ever points total in the Championship, Blackpool's 26 last season.

At least we still have a football club - Phillips

Derby head coach Darren Wassall:

"After beating Hull on Tuesday, the message to the players was we have to do this all over again on Saturday and that it was going to be even harder because of the expectation.

"The most pleasing thing was, from the very first minute, our attitude, application, desire and passion and everything you need in football was there.

"We have a motto that talent alone is not enough and the last two games have shown that because we've won the games through our character and determination and earned the right to play.

"Having Will Hughes back was the icing on the cake. But I don't want to take the attention away from the performance of the rest of the players because they were magnificent from start to finish."

Bolton Wanderers caretaker manager Jimmy Phillips:

"This has just confirmed the sort of season the club's had. The only positive thing we can say is that we still have a football club because, at one stage during the season, that was looking very doubtful.

"Today was another very poor performance and that's something we will be working hard at on the training ground between now and the end of the season.

"It's one thing losing but there's a manner in which you might not gain a victory and that's been the hugely disappointing thing from my point of view.

"In four games, we've only scored penalties and in three of those games after half an hour we've given ourselves a mountain to climb - 2-0 down at Bristol City, three at Reading and then this."

Line-ups

Derby

  • 17Carson
  • 2Christie
  • 6Keogh
  • 14Shackell
  • 29Olsson
  • 4Bryson
  • 34ThorneBooked at 81mins
  • 18ButterfieldSubstituted forHughesat 87'minutes
  • 11Russell
  • 9Martin
  • 23InceSubstituted forWeimannat 89'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Buxton
  • 10Bent
  • 19Hughes
  • 22Blackman
  • 24Weimann
  • 26Hanson
  • 35Mitchell

Bolton

  • 1Amos
  • 15Derik
  • 45Holding
  • 31Wheater
  • 3MoxeyBooked at 63mins
  • 18Danns
  • 6VelaBooked at 21minsSubstituted forDaviesat 64'minutes
  • 21Pratley
  • 10Clough
  • 17TrotterSubstituted forHeskeyat 45'minutes
  • 30Woolery

Substitutes

  • 13Rachubka
  • 16Davies
  • 19Heskey
  • 23Dobbie
  • 25Wilson
  • 27Twardzik
  • 48Maher
Referee:
Andy Woolmer
Attendance:
29,674

Match Stats

Home TeamDerbyAway TeamBolton
Possession
Home70%
Away30%
Shots
Home25
Away8
Shots on Target
Home8
Away3
Corners
Home7
Away6
Fouls
Home15
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Derby County 4, Bolton Wanderers 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Derby County 4, Bolton Wanderers 1.

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Derik.

Attempt blocked. Andreas Weimann (Derby County) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Chris Martin.

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Scott Carson.

Attempt saved. Zach Clough (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Emile Heskey with a headed pass.

Offside, Derby County. George Thorne tries a through ball, but Craig Bryson is caught offside.

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

Foul by Emile Heskey (Bolton Wanderers).

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. Andreas Weimann replaces Tom Ince.

Foul by Cyrus Christie (Derby County).

Kaiyne Woolery (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Cyrus Christie (Derby County).

Kaiyne Woolery (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. Will Hughes replaces Jacob Butterfield.

Tom Ince (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Mark Davies (Bolton Wanderers).

Attempt missed. Zach Clough (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the right is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

Booking

George Thorne (Derby County) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by George Thorne (Derby County).

Kaiyne Woolery (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by George Thorne (Derby County).

Zach Clough (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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

Goal!

Goal! Derby County 4, Bolton Wanderers 1. Johnny Russell (Derby County) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Tom Ince.

Attempt blocked. Tom Ince (Derby County) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Craig Bryson (Derby County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Darren Pratley (Bolton Wanderers).

Attempt missed. Tom Ince (Derby County) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is just a bit too high.

Goal!

Goal! Derby County 3, Bolton Wanderers 1. Zach Clough (Bolton Wanderers) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the centre of the goal.

Penalty conceded by George Thorne (Derby County) after a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty Bolton Wanderers. Mark Davies draws a foul in the penalty area.

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Cyrus Christie.

Foul by Cyrus Christie (Derby County).

Emile Heskey (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Goal!

Goal! Derby County 3, Bolton Wanderers 0. Jacob Butterfield (Derby County) left footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Johnny Russell.

Foul by Richard Keogh (Derby County).

Emile Heskey (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Zach Clough.

Attempt blocked. Chris Martin (Derby County) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Tom Ince.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Burnley412214564333180
2Middlesbrough40247955253079
3Brighton402015556381875
4Hull4020101056292770
5Derby411913960382270
6Sheff Wed411814960411968
7Cardiff411615105244863
8Ipswich411612134747060
9Birmingham401611134539659
10Preston411414133939056
11QPR411316125248455
12Wolves411314144852-453
13Brentford40157185761-452
14Reading401312154546-151
15Leeds401115143949-1048
16Blackburn411114163940-147
17Fulham411114166367-447
18Bristol City411211184564-1947
19Huddersfield411210195459-546
20Nottm Forest401113163541-646
21Rotherham41137215164-1346
22MK Dons41910223459-2537
23Charlton41812213772-3536
24Bolton41414233876-3826
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