Championship - 1st Leg
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Derby County 0-3 Hull City

By Phil CartwrightBBC Sport
Hull striker Abel Hernandez
Abel Hernandez scored first for Hull, netting his 22nd goal of the season

Hull City took a big step towards the Championship play-off final with a convincing victory at Derby County in the first leg of their semi-final.

Abel Hernandez scored from 25 yards and Moses Odubajo's effort deflected in off Derby's Jason Shackell as the Tigers took control before half-time.

Andy Robertson added a third on the counter-attack in second-half stoppage time.

The second leg will take place at Hull's KCOM Stadium on Tuesday.

Derby were the only team to win a Championship game at Hull during the regular season, and must be victorious there again to stand any chance of reaching the play-off final at Wembley on 28 May.

Derby's day to forget

Derby midfielder Bradley Johnson
Derby must overcome a three-goal deficit to reach a second play-off final in three seasons

The Rams lost in the last minute of the 2014 Wembley final and missed out on a top-six spot on the final day of the season a year later.

A tepid display in the home leg of their semi-final, against a Hull team over whom they completed a league double in 2015-16, left them with little chance of reaching the final.

For all of their early pressure, Derby were unable to test Hull goalkeeper Eldin Jakupovic - a late addition to the starting line-up after Allan McGregor suffered a back injury in training on Thursday.

Bradley Johnson gave away possession in the build-up to Hull's first goal, while the second came with a degree of poor fortune as goalkeeper Scott Carson was powerless to keep out Odubajo's hugely deflected shot five minutes before half-time.

Jacob Butterfield's tame shot from distance was Derby's first effort on target - with 10 minutes remaining - and was greeted by ironic cheers from the home supporters, who booed loudly as Robertson's excellent finish almost put the outcome of the semi-final beyond doubt.

Hernandez hits form

Hull striker Abel Hernandez
Abel Hernandez has scored in five of his last six appearances for Hull City

Hull's top scorer Hernandez scored his 22nd goal of the season to put his side ahead in their semi-final first leg.

The Uruguay international went through a lean spell, going nine appearances without a goal between February and April, but has returned to form in recent weeks.

Four goals in his last five outings of the regular season helped Hull finish fourth in the table, and the 25-year-old striker netted for his fourth game in succession to take the Tigers closer to an immediate return to the Premier League following relegation last term.

Analysis

Steve Claridge, ex-Leicester striker, on BBC Radio 5 live:

"I am absolutely stunned. I thought this was going to be a close tie. Everything Hull have done has worked perfectly; everything Derby have done has just not worked.

"Hull are the team that have looked the more dangerous going forward. At 3-0 you fear for Derby in the second leg; there is nothing for them to play for."

Manager reaction

Derby head coach Darren Wassall: "It's not the result we wanted and certainly not the result we expected, considering how well we've played at home over the last few weeks.

"We've got two choices - we can either throw the towel in now, which is not what we're going to do, or we can regroup, show some character and resilience and dust ourselves down and go again on Tuesday.

"That is what we're going to do because we can't end the season on a performance like that."

Hull manager Steve Bruce: "In big games you want your big players to turn up and I thought today our experience certainly showed.

"It was a really, really good performance from start to finish - which in a big game is great to see.

"We know we're capable of that but what we have got in our locker is complacency, and we've got to guard against that on Tuesday."

Line-ups

Derby

  • 17Carson
  • 2Christie
  • 6Keogh
  • 14Shackell
  • 29OlssonBooked at 28mins
  • 4Bryson
  • 15JohnsonSubstituted forButterfieldat 60'minutes
  • 19HughesSubstituted forBentat 87'minutes
  • 11RussellSubstituted forBlackmanat 71'minutes
  • 9Martin
  • 23Ince

Substitutes

  • 1Grant
  • 5Buxton
  • 8Hendrick
  • 10Bent
  • 12Baird
  • 18Butterfield
  • 22Blackman

Hull

  • 16Jakupovic
  • 2OdubajoBooked at 72mins
  • 21DawsonBooked at 35mins
  • 6Davies
  • 26Robertson
  • 27El Mohamady
  • 14LivermoreBooked at 45mins
  • 8Huddlestone
  • 10SnodgrassSubstituted forClucasat 87'minutes
  • 17DiaméSubstituted forBruceat 90+6'minutes
  • 9HernándezSubstituted forAkpomat 83'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Bruce
  • 11Clucas
  • 12Maguire
  • 15Maloney
  • 19Akpom
  • 24Aluko
  • 30Kuciak
Referee:
Neil Swarbrick
Attendance:
29,969

Match Stats

Home TeamDerbyAway TeamHull
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home8
Away16
Shots on Target
Home1
Away3
Corners
Home5
Away4
Fouls
Home8
Away17

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Derby County 0, Hull City 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Derby County 0, Hull City 3.

  3. Goal!

    Goal! Derby County 0, Hull City 3. Andrew Robertson (Hull City) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Moses Odubajo following a fast break.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Michael Dawson.

  5. Post update

    Hand ball by Tom Huddlestone (Hull City).

  6. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Nick Blackman (Derby County) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Chris Martin with a headed pass.

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Hull City. Alex Bruce replaces Mohamed Diamé.

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Chuba Akpom (Hull City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Mohamed Diamé.

  9. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  10. Post update

    Delay in match Eldin Jakupovic (Hull City) because of an injury.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Cyrus Christie (Derby County).

  12. Post update

    Chuba Akpom (Hull City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  13. Post update

    Richard Keogh (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Mohamed Diamé (Hull City).

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ahmed Elmohamady (Hull City) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Chuba Akpom.

  16. Post update

    Offside, Derby County. Richard Keogh tries a through ball, but Darren Bent is caught offside.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Derby County. Darren Bent replaces Will Hughes.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Hull City. Sam Clucas replaces Robert Snodgrass.

  19. Post update

    Tom Ince (Derby County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Jake Livermore (Hull City).

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Saturday 14th May 2016

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Burnley462615572353793
2Middlesbrough462611963313289
3Brighton462417572423089
4Hull4624111169353483
5Derby4621151066432378
6Sheff Wed4619171066452174
7Ipswich461815135351269
8Cardiff461717125651568
9Brentford46198197267565
10Birmingham461615155349463
11Preston461517144545062
12QPR461418145454060
13Leeds461417155058-859
14Wolves461416165358-558
15Blackburn461316174646055
16Nottm Forest461316174347-455
17Reading461313205259-752
18Bristol City461313205471-1752
19Huddersfield461312215970-1151
20Fulham461215196679-1351
21Rotherham461310235371-1849
22Charlton46913244080-4040
23MK Dons46912253969-3039
24Bolton46515264181-4030
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