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Derby County 2-0 Cardiff City

Derby County's George Thorne
Derby's George Thorne celebrates after scoring the opening goal at the iPro Stadium

Goals from George Thorne and Andreas Weimann gave Derby County victory over Cardiff City as the Rams moved up to fourth place in the Championship.

Midfielder Thorne smashed Chris Martin's lay-off into the bottom corner from 15 yards early in the second half.

Weimann doubled the advantage when he fired home from a tight angle after David Marshall parried Thorne's shot.

Cardiff, who have scored only 17 league goals from 17 games so far this season, had two shots on target.

Paul Clement's Derby, meanwhile, have won seven of their past nine league games and sit two points behind leaders Hull, with Cardiff in ninth.

Derby had 71% of possession in the first half, as former Aston Villa forward Weimann saw his powerful effort brilliantly saved by Marshall and Jacob Butterfield's 25-yard strike was also kept out by the Scotland goalkeeper.

Cardiff's best effort before the break saw South African midfielder Kagisho Dikgacoi poke Kenwyne Jones' cutback wide.

The Rams started the second half brightly as Bradley Johnson's header from Butterfield's corner was cleared off the line.

Thorne eventually broke the deadlock 10 minutes after the break with a sweet strike from the centre of the area for his second goal of the season.

Austria international Weimann made sure of all three points with a clever finish from six yards before Jones summed up Cardiff's afternoon as he headed over from close range while unmarked.

Derby head coach Paul Clement: "I thought George Thorne was outstanding. He scored the goal but his overall performance was of a very high level.

"When he signed for this club within two or three days of him joining he had the injury and then when he came back he had other associated problems from being out for such a long period.

"But he's been working very hard with his physical condition and we are reaping the rewards of having him fit and playing regularly."

Cardiff boss Russell Slade: "It's always disappointing when you lose but I think we lost it to the better side.

"Sometimes you have to put your hands up and I thought Derby were very good today.

"We matched them for much of the first half but they double pressed us hard up the field in the second and unfortunately the two goals we conceded came from us having possession of the ball."

Line-ups

Derby

  • 17Carson
  • 2ChristieSubstituted forBairdat 82'minutes
  • 6Keogh
  • 14Shackell
  • 37Warnock
  • 15JohnsonBooked at 51mins
  • 34Thorne
  • 18ButterfieldSubstituted forBrysonat 71'minutes
  • 23InceSubstituted forRussellat 71'minutes
  • 9Martin
  • 24Weimann

Substitutes

  • 1Grant
  • 4Bryson
  • 8Hendrick
  • 10Bent
  • 11Russell
  • 12Baird
  • 16Pearce

Cardiff

  • 1Marshall
  • 2Peltier
  • 4Morrison
  • 16ConnollyBooked at 77mins
  • 28Malone
  • 11NooneBooked at 69mins
  • 15DikgacoiSubstituted forO'Keefeat 72'minutes
  • 7WhittinghamSubstituted forKennedyat 78'minutes
  • 8Ralls
  • 9Jones
  • 10MasonSubstituted forAmeobiat 63'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Ecuele Manga
  • 12John
  • 20Tamas
  • 21Moore
  • 22O'Keefe
  • 23Kennedy
  • 38Ameobi
Referee:
Eddie Ilderton
Attendance:
29,526

Match Stats

Home TeamDerbyAway TeamCardiff
Possession
Home65%
Away35%
Shots
Home20
Away9
Shots on Target
Home10
Away2
Corners
Home8
Away3
Fouls
Home5
Away7

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Derby County 2, Cardiff City 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Derby County 2, Cardiff City 0.

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

    Foul by Matthew Kennedy (Cardiff City).

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Chris Martin (Derby County) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by George Thorne following a corner.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Matthew Kennedy.

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Sammy Ameobi (Cardiff City) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Joe Ralls with a cross following a corner.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Scott Carson.

  9. Post update

    Attempt saved. Kenwyne Jones (Cardiff City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Craig Noone with a cross.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Bradley Johnson (Derby County) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Andreas Weimann.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Jason Shackell.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Chris Baird.

  13. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  14. Post update

    Delay in match Jason Shackell (Derby County) because of an injury.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Kenwyne Jones (Cardiff City) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Scott Malone with a cross.

  16. Post update

    Bradley Johnson (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Stuart O'Keefe (Cardiff City).

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Derby County. Chris Baird replaces Cyrus Christie because of an injury.

  19. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  20. Post update

    Delay in match Cyrus Christie (Derby County) because of an injury.