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Derby County 0-3 Aston Villa: Dean Smith's side earn 'merited' win at Pride Park

John McGinn scores for Aston Villa
Villa cruised to victory once John McGinn's header had broken the deadlock at Pride Park

Aston Villa boss Dean Smith said his side produced "a performance that merited the result" after his side eventually ran out comfortable winners at Derby County.

Scotland midfielder John McGinn nodded in Villa's opener from Yannick Bolasie's left-wing cross in the 75th minute and then turned provider for Tammy Abraham to double the lead.

Conor Hourihane's superb free-kick wrapped up Villa's first away win since their opening game of the season.

"I said today was an opportunity to draw a line in the sand about what we can be and they've certainly done that, but their standards are up there now and that's where we want them to stay," Smith told BBC WM.

"It gives everybody a boost. I said I wanted a team that was hungry and showed desire to go and create chances and we did that."

Villa ended Derby's six-match unbeaten run in the Championship, creating several good chances but failing to find the net until they scored three times in 11 minutes late on.

McGinn, Abraham and Jonathan Kodjia had all been guilty of wasting opportunities at Pride Park as Derby struggled to contain their visitors, and the hosts could not hold out.

Derby's best chances came in one frantic passage of play just before half-time, with Villa keeper Orjan Nyland keeping out efforts from Jack Marriott and Harry Wilson in quick succession.

Otherwise, Villa were on top for the most part and recorded their biggest win of the season to climb into the top half of the Championship table.

Smith was making his second visit to Pride Park this season, having lost 3-1 as Brentford boss in September, and it was starting to appear likely he would endure another frustrating afternoon against the Rams as the game headed towards the final 15 minutes.

However, McGinn ghosted in unmarked to score his second goal for the club and England international Abraham netted his fifth since joining on loan from Chelsea to put the result beyond doubt before Hourihane's free-kick capped a fine day.

Derby manager Frank Lampard:

"The first half was close and in the second half they were the better team, clearly, and created enough chances to win it probably by more.

"If we're not at it as we weren't in the second half against a team with the quality of Aston Villa that's what you get.

"We've had a great month and a game like this is actually a wake-up call and a reminder to all of us that this league is tough and if you underperform you'll get beaten and we need to make sure those games are rare."

Line-ups

Derby

  • 1Carson
  • 37Bogle
  • 6Keogh
  • 5Tomori
  • 3ForsythSubstituted forNugentat 80'minutes
  • 7WilsonBooked at 90mins
  • 44HuddlestoneBooked at 84mins
  • 23HolmesSubstituted forMaloneat 70'minutes
  • 20BennettSubstituted forJozefzoonat 51'minutes
  • 14MarriottBooked at 90mins
  • 10Lawrence

Substitutes

  • 11Jozefzoon
  • 15Johnson
  • 21Roos
  • 28Nugent
  • 33Davies
  • 41Bird
  • 46Malone

Aston Villa

  • 1Nyland
  • 21Hutton
  • 4Tuanzebe
  • 5Chester
  • 3TaylorSubstituted forEl Mohamadyat 45'minutes
  • 37AdomahBooked at 17mins
  • 7McGinnBooked at 76mins
  • 14Hourihane
  • 26KodjiaSubstituted forBolasieat 70'minutes
  • 10Grealish
  • 18AbrahamSubstituted forHoganat 87'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Whelan
  • 9Hogan
  • 11Bolasie
  • 15Jedinak
  • 20Bjarnason
  • 27El Mohamady
  • 31Bunn
Referee:
John Brooks
Attendance:
30,400

Match Stats

Home TeamDerbyAway TeamAston Villa
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home11
Away21
Shots on Target
Home5
Away5
Corners
Home2
Away5
Fouls
Home17
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Derby County 0, Aston Villa 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Derby County 0, Aston Villa 3.

Offside, Aston Villa. John McGinn tries a through ball, but Albert Adomah is caught offside.

Foul by Scott Hogan (Aston Villa).

Harry Wilson (Derby County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Yannick Bolasie (Aston Villa).

Jayden Bogle (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Harry Wilson (Derby County) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

John McGinn (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Harry Wilson (Derby County).

Attempt missed. James Chester (Aston Villa) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jack Grealish with a cross following a set piece situation.

Booking

Jack Marriott (Derby County) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

John McGinn (Aston Villa) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Jack Marriott (Derby County).

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Jayden Bogle.

Jack Grealish (Aston Villa) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Florian Jozefzoon (Derby County).

John McGinn (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Tom Lawrence (Derby County).

Substitution

Substitution, Aston Villa. Scott Hogan replaces Tammy Abraham.

Goal!

Goal! Derby County 0, Aston Villa 3. Conor Hourihane (Aston Villa) from a free kick with a left footed shot to the top left corner.

Booking

Tom Huddlestone (Derby County) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

John McGinn (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Tom Huddlestone (Derby County).

Attempt saved. Yannick Bolasie (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Alan Hutton.

Yannick Bolasie (Aston Villa) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Richard Keogh (Derby County).

Attempt missed. Jack Marriott (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Florian Jozefzoon.

Attempt blocked. Harry Wilson (Derby County) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. David Nugent replaces Craig Forsyth.

Goal!

Goal! Derby County 0, Aston Villa 2. Tammy Abraham (Aston Villa) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by John McGinn with a cross.

Attempt missed. Harry Wilson (Derby County) left footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

Booking

John McGinn (Aston Villa) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by John McGinn (Aston Villa).

Tom Huddlestone (Derby County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Goal!

Goal! Derby County 0, Aston Villa 1. John McGinn (Aston Villa) header from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Yannick Bolasie with a cross.

Conor Hourihane (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jayden Bogle (Derby County).

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. Scott Malone replaces Duane Holmes.

Substitution

Substitution, Aston Villa. Yannick Bolasie replaces Jonathan Kodjia.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Norwich1710342820833
2Middlesbrough178721981131
3Leeds1786329171230
4Sheff Utd179352719830
5West Brom1784537251228
6Derby178452520528
7Nottm Forest176922316727
8Swansea177551913626
9Blackburn176832021-126
10QPR178271822-426
11Aston Villa176652723424
12Birmingham175932320324
13Bristol City176472019122
14Stoke175751920-122
15Brentford175662723421
16Wigan176291926-720
17Sheff Wed175572130-920
18Preston174672630-418
19Rotherham174671423-918
20Reading174492429-516
21Millwall174492229-716
22Hull174491624-816
23Bolton174491123-1216
24Ipswich171881428-1411
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