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Hull City 0-2 Derby County

By Phil CartwrightBBC Sport
Jacob Butterfield
Jacob Butterfield had scored once in his 11 games for Derby before his two goals at Hull

Derby County moved to the top of the Championship as two first-half goals from Jacob Butterfield saw off previous leaders Hull City at the KC Stadium.

Butterfield fired in a loose ball from 12 yards to put the Rams ahead and the midfielder doubled their lead with a volley from the edge of the area.

Hull's first loss at home this term was also their first in 12 league games.

Derby are a point clear of Hull and third-placed Brighton, who host Birmingham on Saturday.

The visitors were worthy winners against a disjointed Hull, who were missing injured captain Michael Dawson and suspended left-back Andrew Robertson.

Jacob Butterfield

Paul Clement's side were always dangerous on the counter attack and fully deserved their two-goal lead at half-time, with Cyrus Christie and George Thorne both going close before Butterfield's brace.

Right-back Christie's marauding run into the penalty area was halted by Hull defender Harry Maguire, while goalkeeper Allan McGregor kept out Thorne's long-range attempt.

Rams keeper Scott Carson made smart saves to deny Hull duo Tom Huddlestone and Abel Hernandez before the interval, while Shaun Maloney - whose equaliser earned a draw at Bristol City six days earlier - worked a superb chance for himself after an hour but poked his shot wide.

Sam Clucas turned another close-range opportunity over the bar as Hull failed to score for only the second time this season, and Derby could have stretched their lead further in the closing stages but Thomas Ince curled his first-time shot off target against his former club.

Derby's 2-0 win at Hull as it happened

Hull City manager Steve Bruce told BBC Radio Humberside:

"In the first 20-25 minutes we've probably made more mistakes defensively than we have all season and I think that was the difference.

"We've made big errors, given the ball away cheaply and I have to take responsibility too with the way I set us up to start with.

"Maybe it was too many changes with the absentees that we've had. However, in the second half when we changed it a bit, we needed to get that goal and we've had enough opportunities. We haven't quite managed to take one."

Derby County head coach Paul Clement told BBC Radio Derby:

"It's a really pleasing victory. They're a good side, they put us under pressure and they had some really good chances - but we can be really happy.

"The goals came at really good moments and that gave us that cushion and that ability to make sure we were defending resiliently and picking them off on counter-attacks.

"Our best football was in the first half but overall the defending of the team was excellent.

"For the first time this season we're at the top of the table."

Line-ups

Hull

  • 1McGregor
  • 27El Mohamady
  • 12Maguire
  • 6DaviesSubstituted forAlukoat 75'minutes
  • 2OdubajoSubstituted forAkpomat 75'minutes
  • 8Huddlestone
  • 14Livermore
  • 11Clucas
  • 17DiaméSubstituted forHaydenat 82'minutes
  • 9Hernández
  • 15Maloney

Substitutes

  • 4Bruce
  • 5Taylor
  • 10Snodgrass
  • 16Jakupovic
  • 19Akpom
  • 20Hayden
  • 24Aluko

Derby

  • 17Carson
  • 2Christie
  • 6Keogh
  • 14Shackell
  • 37Warnock
  • 8Hendrick
  • 34Thorne
  • 18ButterfieldSubstituted forBrysonat 69'minutes
  • 23Ince
  • 9Martin
  • 24WeimannSubstituted forRussellat 82'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Grant
  • 4Bryson
  • 10Bent
  • 11Russell
  • 12Baird
  • 16Pearce
  • 32Shotton
Referee:
Geoff Eltringham
Attendance:
17,410

Match Stats

Home TeamHullAway TeamDerby
Possession
Home62%
Away38%
Shots
Home23
Away9
Shots on Target
Home2
Away4
Corners
Home10
Away4
Fouls
Home10
Away8

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Hull City 0, Derby County 2.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Harry Maguire (Hull City) header from the left side of the six yard box misses to the left. Assisted by Sone Aluko with a cross following a corner.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Jason Shackell.

  5. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Sone Aluko (Hull City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Abel Hernández.

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Harry Maguire (Hull City) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Jake Livermore.

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Sam Clucas (Hull City) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Harry Maguire following a corner.

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Harry Maguire (Hull City) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Shaun Maloney with a cross following a corner.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Craig Bryson.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Tom Ince (Derby County) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Chris Martin.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Abel Hernández (Hull City).

  12. Post update

    Stephen Warnock (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Abel Hernández (Hull City) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Tom Huddlestone.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Hull City. Isaac Hayden replaces Mohamed Diamé.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Derby County. Johnny Russell replaces Andreas Weimann.

  16. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Mohamed Diamé (Hull City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Chuba Akpom.

  17. Post update

    Shaun Maloney (Hull City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Jeff Hendrick (Derby County).

  19. Post update

    Foul by Mohamed Diamé (Hull City).

  20. Post update

    Stephen Warnock (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Friday 27th November 2015

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Derby18106226111536
2Hull18105327111635
3Brighton179802213935
4Middlesbrough17103425121333
5Burnley179622415933
6Birmingham178452418628
7Reading177642518727
8Sheff Wed177642320327
9Cardiff176741714325
10Ipswich176742525025
11Brentford177372324-124
12Fulham175663029121
13Blackburn174851716120
14Wolves175572223-120
15QPR175572225-320
16Leeds174761620-419
17Preston173861215-317
18Nottm Forest174581318-517
19Bristol City173771827-916
20Charlton174491526-1116
21Huddersfield173681726-915
22MK Dons1743101524-915
23Rotherham1733111833-1512
24Bolton171881124-1311
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