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Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-3 Derby County

Darrent Bent volleys in Derby's second goal
Darren Bent's stunning volley doubled Derby's early lead at Wolves

Tom Ince scored twice as Derby County held on to win despite a spirited comeback by managerless Wolves.

Ince pounced for Derby's opening goal from close range before Darren Bent doubled the visitors' lead with a stunning right-foot volley.

Wolves rallied after a dismal first half when Helder Costa pulled a goal back on the hour but Ince restored Derby's two-goal lead with a penalty.

Dave Edwards headed in Wolves' second but they were unable to force a draw.

Victory at Molineux enabled Derby to climb into the top half of the Championship table.

Wolves, who look set to appoint former Norwich, Aston Villa and Blackburn manager Paul Lambert as successor to Walter Zenga, slip to 19th - three points clear of trouble.

Caretaker boss Rob Edwards witnessed a poor first half from the hosts, who were indebted to goalkeeper Andy Lonergan keeping Derby's lead to just two goals at the break.

A much better second-half display saw an Ivan Cavaleiro shot cleared off the line by Richard Keogh before Costa's goal.

But a debateable penalty was awarded to Derby when Cavaleiro was adjudged to have fouled Ince and the forward added his second goal of the game from the spot.

Wolves had a strong penalty shout of their own turned down moments later when Ince appeared to trip Cavaleiro in the opposite box and Edwards' near-post header was not enough to rescue the game.

Wolves caretaker boss Rob Edwards: "There is a lot of quality here and it is about finding some consistency now.

"We all need to stick together and I am sure that when the new manager comes in and has a couple of weeks to work with the players, we can get a positive result.

"The second half was a real positive for us. That is how I love my team to perform, with that commitment and spirit and quality. At times it was all there.

"It was shame that we didn't put that into the first half and being a couple of goals behind is a mountain to climb."

Derby manager Steve McClaren: "It was a fantastic first half. We earned the right to play and played great football. That is the kind of football that we want to see.

"We should have scored more than two in the first half but it was good to see he progress that we have made in three weeks that they can play at that level.

"It is hard to maintain for 95 minutes and we knew that we needed a third goal but when it came we shot ourselves in the foot again.

"In the end it was frustrating, but you can't fault the attitude and commitment. You have to build confidence and then belief comes."

Line-ups

Wolves

  • 21Lonergan
  • 2DohertyBooked at 79mins
  • 18Iorfa
  • 6Batth
  • 29Borthwick-JacksonBooked at 90mins
  • 24Brito TeixeiraSubstituted forSavilleat 32'minutesBooked at 34mins
  • 16CoadyBooked at 80minsSubstituted forWallaceat 89'minutes
  • 4EdwardsBooked at 76mins
  • 17Hélder Costa
  • 22BödvarssonSubstituted forDickoat 67'minutes
  • 50Cavaleiro

Substitutes

  • 3Azevedo Ferreira Sá Pereira
  • 5Stearman
  • 8Saville
  • 9Dicko
  • 12Wallace
  • 13Flatt
  • 27Saiss

Derby

  • 1Carson
  • 2ChristieSubstituted forHansonat 47'minutes
  • 6Keogh
  • 16Pearce
  • 25Lowe
  • 18Butterfield
  • 19HughesBooked at 36minsSubstituted forBrysonat 90+1'minutes
  • 15Johnson
  • 10Ince
  • 11BentSubstituted forVydraat 85'minutes
  • 7Russell

Substitutes

  • 4Bryson
  • 5Shackell
  • 8Anya
  • 23Vydra
  • 24Weimann
  • 26Hanson
  • 35Mitchell
Referee:
Paul Tierney
Attendance:
19,858

Match Stats

Home TeamWolvesAway TeamDerby
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home11
Away16
Shots on Target
Home5
Away9
Corners
Home7
Away9
Fouls
Home15
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, Derby County 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, Derby County 3.

Matej Vydra (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by David Edwards (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Attempt missed. Matej Vydra (Derby County) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Scott Carson following a set piece situation.

Booking

Cameron Borthwick-Jackson (Wolverhampton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Cameron Borthwick-Jackson (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Foul by Johnny Russell (Derby County).

Danny Batth (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. Craig Bryson replaces Will Hughes.

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Jed Wallace replaces Conor Coady.

Attempt missed. Matt Doherty (Wolverhampton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by George Saville following a corner.

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Richard Keogh.

Attempt saved. Bradley Johnson (Derby County) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jamie Hanson with a cross.

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Andy Lonergan.

Attempt saved. Matej Vydra (Derby County) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Will Hughes.

Scott Carson (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by David Edwards (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Attempt blocked. Ivan Cavaleiro (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Cameron Borthwick-Jackson.

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. Matej Vydra replaces Darren Bent.

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Dominic Iorfa.

Goal!

Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, Derby County 3. David Edwards (Wolverhampton Wanderers) header from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ivan Cavaleiro with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Darren Bent.

Foul by Johnny Russell (Derby County).

Hélder Costa (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Booking

Conor Coady (Wolverhampton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Matt Doherty (Wolverhampton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Johnny Russell (Derby County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Matt Doherty (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Goal!

Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Derby County 3. Tom Ince (Derby County) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Booking

David Edwards (Wolverhampton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card.

Penalty Derby County. Tom Ince draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Ivan Cavaleiro (Wolverhampton Wanderers) after a foul in the penalty area.

Foul by Max Lowe (Derby County).

Hélder Costa (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Johnny Russell (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by David Edwards (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Attempt saved. Tom Ince (Derby County) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Will Hughes.

Attempt saved. Tom Ince (Derby County) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Will Hughes.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Newcastle16121334132137
2Brighton1610422591634
3Huddersfield169251718-129
4Reading168442018228
5Norwich168352827127
6Leeds168261917226
7Birmingham166732118325
8Fulham166642318524
9Bristol City167362319424
10Sheff Wed167361719-224
11Preston167272220223
12Brentford166462116522
13Barnsley166372724321
14Aston Villa164931716121
15Ipswich165651415-121
16Derby165561213-120
17QPR165561722-520
18Burton164661820-218
19Wolves164571921-217
20Nottm Forest164482530-516
21Cardiff164391425-1115
22Wigan163581419-514
23Blackburn163491625-913
24Rotherham1614111738-217
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