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Derby County 4-1 Bolton Wanderers

Thomas Ince
Thomas Ince failed to scored in six appearances on loan for Derby County's neighbours Nottingham Forest earlier this season

Thomas Ince scored twice on his Derby County debut as the Rams eased to victory over Bolton to remain level with Championship leaders Bournemouth.

With the game's first effort on goal, transfer deadline-day loan arrival Ince curled a free-kick into the top corner.

Jeff Hendrick coolly finished to double the advantage, before Ince made it 3-0 early in the second half.

Filip Twardzik pulled a goal back, only for Hendrick to nod in a second of his own, while Ince also hit the post.

Derby's Jeff Hendrick (far r) scores his second goal against Bolton Wanderers
Jeff Hendrick's two goals against Bolton were his first since netting a brace against Wolverhampton Wanderers on 8 November

The victory is Derby County's eighth in nine matches in all competitions and sees Steve McClaren's men maintain their position in the automatic promotion places.

Defeat for Bolton comes three days after they were knocked out of the FA Cup by Liverpool and leaves the Trotters winless in five games and 14th in the table.

Wanderers were the first to threaten, with defender Dorian Dervite heading over the bar. But it was the closest they came to troubling the high-flying hosts early on.

Ince, who joined from Hull City, was lively going forward and opened the scoring in superb fashion after Liam Trotter fouled Chris Martin.

While Ince was off target soon after with a neat lofted effort over advancing Trotters keeper Andy Lonergan, Hendrick met a Will Hughes pass to make it 2-0 with a low finish from 12 yards.

Bolton's faltering form
Bolton Wanderers' last win came against Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough on 17 January. Neil Lennon's side has since been beaten by Rotherham and Derby and shared the spoils with Wolves in the league.
And while they forced an FA Cup fourth round replay with Liverpool, they were eventually beaten 2-1 in the return tie at the Macron Stadium.

Ince netted his second of the afternoon less than two minutes after the interval, firing home after good build-up play from Hendrick, Martin and Hughes.

A free-kick whipped in from Barry Bannan saw Twardzik get the final touch to score on his debut, just five days after arriving from Celtic.

Lonergan denied Ward and Omar Mascarell, only to be beaten by Hendrick for a second time at the iPro Stadium, with the midfielder nodding home after Jake Buxton directed his header back across goal.

Zach Clough tested Derby keeper Lee Grant on 72 minutes and the woodwork denied Ince a hat-trick in stoppage time.

Derby manager Steve McClaren:

"It was a beautiful goal to start off from Tom Ince. The first goal was always going to be important and it was a cracker. He's slotted into our team and he's done that in training since day one. It looked like Tom had been in the team all season.

"The key thing is Tom can score goals, he's got that knack. He wants to score and he can handle the ball, it's a great debut for him.

"He just needed an opportunity and a chance to find a home and that's what we want to give him and I think with this team he can play in it."

Bolton manager Neil Lennon:

"It was a poor performance. We were comfortable for 40 minutes, then Tom Ince scores a fantastic free-kick but we didn't deal with the reaction at all well and we shot ourselves in the foot.

"Derby are a quality side at this level and have strength in depth but we looked a bit lightweight in the second half and I'm not happy with the performance today at all.

"I want a reaction as quickly as possible. It's all right the players lifting themselves for Liverpool, anyone can do that but these are the games they earn their living from and we were second best for large parts of this game but you have to give Derby credit."

Line-ups

Derby

  • 1Grant
  • 32Shotton
  • 6Keogh
  • 5Buxton
  • 3Forsyth
  • 8Hendrick
  • 33Mascarell
  • 19HughesSubstituted forBrysonat 80'minutes
  • 10WardSubstituted forDawkinsat 74'minutes
  • 9MartinSubstituted forBentat 74'minutes
  • 23Ince

Substitutes

  • 2Christie
  • 4Bryson
  • 7Dawkins
  • 16Lingard
  • 21Roos
  • 37Warnock
  • 39Bent

Bolton

  • 24Lonergan
  • 7Feeney
  • 31WheaterSubstituted forTwardzikat 45'minutes
  • 14Dervite
  • 5Ream
  • 3MoxeyBooked at 52mins
  • 17TrotterBooked at 36minsSubstituted forSlavchevat 45'minutes
  • 25VelaSubstituted forGudjohnsenat 70'minutes
  • 29Bannan
  • 40Clough
  • 9Le Fondre

Substitutes

  • 11Hall
  • 13Amos
  • 20Costa Rocha
  • 22Gudjohnsen
  • 27Twardzik
  • 41Threlkeld
  • 45Slavchev
Referee:
Tony Harrington
Attendance:
30,310

Match Stats

Home TeamDerbyAway TeamBolton
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home18
Away5
Shots on Target
Home6
Away2
Corners
Home5
Away7
Fouls
Home6
Away19

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Derby County 4, Bolton Wanderers 1.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

    Jake Buxton (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Dorian Dervite (Bolton Wanderers).

  5. Post update

    Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Jake Buxton.

  6. Post update

    Attempt saved. Simon Dawkins (Derby County) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Tom Ince with a cross.

  7. Post update

    Tom Ince (Derby County) hits the right post with a right footed shot from the right side of the box. Assisted by Darren Bent.

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Craig Bryson (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Omar Mascarell.

  9. Post update

    Simon Dawkins (Derby County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Simeon Slavchev (Bolton Wanderers).

  11. Post update

    Offside, Bolton Wanderers. Barry Bannan tries a through ball, but Filip Twardzik is caught offside.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Jeff Hendrick (Derby County).

  13. Post update

    Filip Twardzik (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Simon Dawkins (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Darren Bent.

  15. Post update

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

  16. Post update

    Foul by Zach Clough (Bolton Wanderers).

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Derby County. Craig Bryson replaces Will Hughes.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Darren Bent (Derby County) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Jeff Hendrick.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Derby County. Simon Dawkins replaces Jamie Ward.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Derby County. Darren Bent replaces Chris Martin.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bournemouth29176662293357
2Derby29176656263057
3Middlesbrough29168546192756
4Brentford2916494537852
5Ipswich29149646291751
6Watford29155957332450
7Norwich29138854342047
8Wolves2912983437-345
9Blackburn29109103839-139
10Sheff Wed2991282226-439
11Birmingham2991193240-838
12Nottm Forest29910104042-237
13Reading29107123543-837
14Huddersfield29107123948-937
15Cardiff2998123743-635
16Fulham29105144250-835
17Bolton2997133443-934
18Rotherham29712102836-833
19Charlton2961582638-1233
20Leeds2988133040-1032
21Brighton29611123239-729
22Millwall2969142747-2027
23Wigan29410152739-1222
24Blackpool2948172254-3220
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