Championship
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Tom Ince celebrates scoring with Richard Keogh
Tom Ince is on loan at Derby from Hull, who signed him from Blackpool last summer

Derby put their poor recent form behind them by hammering already-relegated Blackpool to stay firmly in the race for promotion from the Championship.

The Rams, who had only won one of their last nine, led in the third minute through Craig Bryson's strike.

And they sealed the win before half-time through Tom Ince's driven goal and Darren Bent's curling finish.

Bent added his second from the penalty spot after Ryan Shotton was pulled back in the box.

Derby's remaining games
18 April: Huddersfield (away)
25 April: Millwall (away)
2 May: Reading (home)

With three games to go and a seven-point gap between the Rams and second place a late push for automatic promotion is highly unlikely.

But this win does strengthen their position in the play-offs, leaving them fifth, four points ahead of seventh-placed Brentford, who lost 1-0 at Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday.

Blackpool are now guaranteed to finish bottom of the table and appear broken by a turbulent season, but Derby were still ruthlessly efficient in picking them off.

Bryson was given acres of space but still had to pull out a precise and powerful shot to score the opener.

Ince was not tracked but his curling finish to double the lead against his former club was still of the highest quality.

Bent benefitted from an under-hit Charles Dunne back-pass for the third and his finish was emphatic.

With the game won, Derby were able to ease off, although they still managed to add a fourth when Peter Clarke dragged back the charging Shotton and Bent fired home from the spot for his 12th goal in 15 matches since joining on loan from Aston Villa.

Derby boss Steve McClaren: "This was the genuine article. We kept a clean sheet, we worked, we passed and moved, we played at a good tempo and we got our reward."

Blackpool manager Lee Clark: "We need to change everything and restructure the whole club. This will mean a very busy summer but we have already started talking about players and I have never been knocked back whenever I have asked for support in bringing people in."

Line-ups

Derby

  • 1Grant
  • 6Keogh
  • 32Shotton
  • 17Whitbread
  • 37Warnock
  • 4Bryson
  • 8HendrickSubstituted forThomasat 78'minutes
  • 7Dawkins
  • 23InceSubstituted forWardat 74'minutes
  • 39BentSubstituted forRussellat 68'minutes
  • 16Lingard

Substitutes

  • 2Christie
  • 3Forsyth
  • 10Ward
  • 11Russell
  • 21Roos
  • 29Thomas
  • 36Albentosa

Blackpool

  • 21Parish
  • 3MaherSubstituted forBarkhuizenat 54'minutes
  • 6Clarke
  • 48O'Dea
  • 18Dunne
  • 22Cubero Loria
  • 4Perkins
  • 31O'Hara
  • 11Orlandi
  • 24Madine
  • 40CameronSubstituted forOsavi-Samuelat 69'minutes

Substitutes

  • 20Oliver
  • 25Ferguson
  • 27Barkhuizen
  • 34Telford
  • 41Higham
  • 42Boney
  • 43Osavi-Samuel
Referee:
Oliver Langford
Attendance:
27,227

Match Stats

Home TeamDerbyAway TeamBlackpool
Possession
Home61%
Away39%
Shots
Home18
Away10
Shots on Target
Home8
Away0
Corners
Home5
Away4
Fouls
Home9
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Derby County 4, Blackpool 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Derby County 4, Blackpool 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. José Cubero (Blackpool) header from the right side of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Andrea Orlandi following a set piece situation.

  4. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  5. Post update

    Delay in match Jamie O'Hara (Blackpool) because of an injury.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Richard Keogh (Derby County).

  7. Post update

    Jamie O'Hara (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Jesse Lingard (Derby County).

  9. Post update

    Peter Clarke (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Andrea Orlandi.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Jamie Ward (Derby County).

  12. Post update

    Bright Samuel (Blackpool) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jesse Lingard (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Stephen Warnock following a set piece situation.

  14. Post update

    Craig Bryson (Derby County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  15. Post update

    Foul by José Cubero (Blackpool).

  16. Post update

    Kwame Thomas (Derby County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Darren O'Dea (Blackpool).

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jesse Lingard (Derby County) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

  19. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Charles Dunne (Blackpool) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Derby County. Kwame Thomas replaces Jeff Hendrick.

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