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Blackpool 0-1 Derby County

Chris Martin
Chris Martin scored his ninth goal of the season from the penalty spot

Chris Martin scored a late penalty as Derby County overcame a battling Blackpool 1-0 to go top of the Championship table.

Martin converted an 81st-minute spot kick after Johnny Russell had been fouled by Tony McMahon.

Blackpool had the best opportunities in the first half but Delfouneso missed their best chance when he screwed a shot over the bar.

The result means Derby have won five out of their last seven games.

The Rams are also unbeaten in the last 10 matches, but were made to work for the win against a spirited Blackpool.

Jose Riga's side defied their lowly league position to shade the better of the first-half chances.

Ishmael Miller went close to opening the scoring on 10 minutes when he whistled a shot past the post with a long-range effort.

On-loan Derby goalkeeper Jack Butland was also forced in to a smart save to block a shot from McMahon at his near post four minutes later.

But Delfouneso spurned the clearest first-half opening as he shot over from the centre of the area on 25 minutes.

Derby began to grow into the game and Jeff Hendrick almost gave them the lead before half time, but Blackpool goalkeeper Joe Lewis tipped his header from Cyrus Christie's cross over the bar.

The visitors' Donervon Daniels had the first chance of the second half and headed wide from a corner.

Russell was denied by another smart save from Lewis when his 25-yard shot was tipped over the bar on 66 minutes.

But Russell was to play a part in the game's decisive moment as McMahon tripped him on the edge of the area as he looked to supply another cross from the right.

Martin stepped up to decisively smash a right-foot shot from the spot past Lewis.

Craig Bryson looked to be through on goal to seal the points for Derby with two minutes left, but was denied by some last-ditch Blackpool defending.

Blackpool manager Jose Riga: "The players I have at this moment, some of them have not a lot of experience in the Championship and I need some players to help all the team because everything will be easier then.

"It is not the first time this season (we've got nothing). We created the best opportunities during the first 25 minutes and we had to score.

"If you can't make the most of these moments when you are good but bottom of the table, you cannot hope a lot."

Derby manager Steve McClaren: "I believe the squad is stronger than last season. I mean we're leaving out players and bringing in internationals in the likes of Jeff Hendrick. That's pleasing.

"It's the maturity of the group too. We wouldn't have got six clean sheets on the bounce last season.

"We were very innocent, running about all over the place playing good football and sometimes not getting the results because of it.

"The maturity of the squad, knowing how to win and what it takes, there's determination in there. We were a young team, we still are a young team but they are showing that maturity."

Line-ups

Blackpool

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Lewis
  • 2Daniels
  • 28Rentmeister
  • 6Clarke
  • 29McMahonBooked at 73mins
  • 24LundstramSubstituted forMendyat 84'minutes
  • 4PerkinsBooked at 90mins
  • 14Delfouneso
  • 11OrlandiBooked at 17minsSubstituted forZokoat 67'minutes
  • 23OriolSubstituted forMellisat 67'minutes
  • 17Miller

Substitutes

  • 7Cywka
  • 8Mellis
  • 13Zoko
  • 15Mendy
  • 16Dielna
  • 36Milton
  • 39Blackman

Derby

Formation 4-3-3

  • 36Butland
  • 2ChristieBooked at 33mins
  • 6Keogh
  • 32Shotton
  • 3Forsyth
  • 8Hendrick
  • 33Mascarell
  • 19HughesSubstituted forBrysonat 75'minutes
  • 11Russell
  • 9Martin
  • 44IbeSubstituted forBestat 75'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Bryson
  • 5Buxton
  • 14Eustace
  • 17Whitbread
  • 21Roos
  • 27Calero
  • 30Best
Referee:
Kevin Wright
Attendance:
11,036

Match Stats

Home TeamBlackpoolAway TeamDerby
Possession
Home34%
Away66%
Shots
Home13
Away13
Shots on Target
Home4
Away6
Corners
Home9
Away10
Fouls
Home19
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Blackpool 0, Derby County 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Blackpool 0, Derby County 1.

  3. Booking

    David Perkins (Blackpool) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  4. Post update

    Jeff Hendrick (Derby County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  5. Post update

    Foul by David Perkins (Blackpool).

  6. Post update

    Foul by Chris Martin (Derby County).

  7. Post update

    Tony McMahon (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Craig Forsyth (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Jacob Mellis (Blackpool).

  10. Post update

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

  11. Post update

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

  12. Post update

    Foul by Nathan Delfouneso (Blackpool).

  13. Post update

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

  14. Post update

    Foul by Jeff Hendrick (Derby County).

  15. Post update

    Jacob Mellis (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Leon Best (Derby County).

  17. Post update

    Donervon Daniels (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Blackpool. Formose Mendy replaces John Lundstram.

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. John Lundstram (Blackpool) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

  20. Goal!

    Goal! Blackpool 0, Derby County 1. Chris Martin (Derby County) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.