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Derby County 2-0 Blackburn Rovers

Derby striker Darren Bent
Darren Bent is on loan at Derby until the end of the season

Derby County moved up to second in the Championship after Darren Bent's second-half brace saw off a resilient Blackburn Rovers side.

Bent, on as a second-half substitute, latched onto Ryan Shotton's long throw to steer home the opener.

His second came from close range in stoppage time after Chris Martin's initial shot had been saved.

The victory moves the Rams level on points with leaders Bournemouth, but behind them on goal difference.

The top five teams in English football's second tier are now separated by only two points.

The double takes Bent to three goals in three appearances for Derby since signing on loan from Aston Villa.

Derby goalkeeper Lee Grant denied Chris Brown and Tom Cairney a second-half leveller as the hosts dominated for long periods but struggled to break down the Rovers defence.

It means Blackburn, who surprisingly left striker Jordan Rhodes on the substitutes' bench for most of the game, have only one win from their last nine Championship matches and are now 11 points adrift of the play-off places.

Despite reaching the fifth round of the FA Cup, Steve McClaren's Derby will remain focused on securing a top-two spot and automatic promotion to the Premier League.

Derby manager Steve McClaren: "Some people arrive in the box and the ball never finds them, but Darren Bent is a genuine finisher with the skill and composure to snap up chances.

"He could have gone somewhere else and had an easy time with a guaranteed starting place. But he chose to come here and fight for a place in a good team and he has given us the different edge that we needed.

"We had to dig deep because Rovers are a tough, strong, direct side but I thought our attitude was absolutely tremendous."

Blackburn manager Gary Bowyer: "It was a close game settled by two bits of shocking defending and two bits of Premiership-class finishing.

"Derby are a terrific team with a great manager and a brilliant set-up. But we matched them for most of the game and then gave it away with bad defending."

Line-ups

Derby

  • 1Grant
  • 32Shotton
  • 6Keogh
  • 5Buxton
  • 3Forsyth
  • 8Hendrick
  • 33Mascarell
  • 19HughesBooked at 90mins
  • 7DawkinsSubstituted forBentat 63'minutes
  • 9Martin
  • 10WardBooked at 82minsSubstituted forBennettat 86'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Christie
  • 4Bryson
  • 20Bennett
  • 21Roos
  • 36Albentosa
  • 37Warnock
  • 39Bent

Blackburn

  • 30Steele
  • 15Baptiste
  • 5HanleySubstituted forRhodesat 77'minutes
  • 4Kilgallon
  • 14OlssonBooked at 51mins
  • 12Marshall
  • 6Lowe
  • 29Evans
  • 32ConwayBooked at 82mins
  • 10CairneySubstituted forGestedeat 43'minutesSubstituted forBrownat 64'minutes
  • 7King

Substitutes

  • 9Brown
  • 11Rhodes
  • 13Eastwood
  • 17Williamson
  • 19Taylor
  • 22Duffy
  • 39Gestede
Referee:
Andy Davies
Attendance:
26,373

Match Stats

Home TeamDerbyAway TeamBlackburn
Possession
Home60%
Away40%
Shots
Home17
Away11
Shots on Target
Home6
Away2
Corners
Home8
Away3
Fouls
Home9
Away16

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Derby County 2, Blackburn Rovers 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Derby County 2, Blackburn Rovers 0.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Matthew Kilgallon.

  4. Post update

    Will Hughes (Derby County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Matthew Kilgallon (Blackburn Rovers).

  6. Goal!

    Goal! Derby County 2, Blackburn Rovers 0. Darren Bent (Derby County) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal following a fast break.

  7. Post update

    Attempt saved. Chris Martin (Derby County) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Mason Bennett.

  8. Post update

    Offside, Derby County. Chris Martin tries a through ball, but Darren Bent is caught offside.

  9. Post update

    Jeff Hendrick (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Joshua King (Blackburn Rovers).

  11. Booking

    Will Hughes (Derby County) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Will Hughes (Derby County).

  13. Post update

    Jason Lowe (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Chris Martin.

  15. Post update

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

  16. Post update

    Foul by Alex Baptiste (Blackburn Rovers).

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Derby County. Mason Bennett replaces Jamie Ward.

  18. Post update

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

  19. Post update

    Foul by Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers).

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Corry Evans (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Markus Olsson.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bournemouth27156657282951
2Derby27156650252551
3Middlesbrough27148542182450
4Ipswich27148546271950
5Brentford2715484436849
6Watford27145856312547
7Wolves2712873133-244
8Norwich27127850341643
9Sheff Wed2791172123-238
10Blackburn279993637-136
11Birmingham279993139-836
12Nottm Forest2781093739-234
13Cardiff2797113640-434
14Fulham27104134047-734
15Huddersfield2797113545-1034
16Bolton2796123137-633
17Charlton2761472434-1032
18Reading2787123142-1131
19Brighton27611103035-529
20Leeds2778122838-1029
21Rotherham27611102535-1029
22Millwall2759132544-1924
23Wigan2749142636-1021
24Blackpool2738162150-2917
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