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Derby County 6-1 Rotherham United: Martyn Waghorn hat-trick helps Rams thrash Millers

Martyn Waghorn
Martyn Waghorn took his season's tally to seven league goals with his hat-trick against Rotherham

Derby enhanced their Championship play-off hopes as Martyn Waghorn's hat-trick powered them to their biggest win of the season against a poor Rotherham side.

Waghorn gave the Rams an early lead from the penalty spot after Mason Mount was tripped and then nodded home within three minutes of Bradley Johnson's header doubling Derby's advantage.

Mount scored with a tidy finish from Jayden Bogle's cut-back after the break before Richard Wood headed in a consolation from Joe Newell's corner.

But Duane Holmes tapped in a fifth, and Waghorn ensured Derby scored six for the first time at Pride Park with his second penalty after Tom Lawrence was brought down.

Frank Lampard's side were looking to revitalise a stuttering play-off campaign, while the Millers were keen to end a miserable run of seven straight league defeats at Derby after chalking up their first league away win of the season on their previous outing.

The hosts started impressively, but Rotherham almost levelled when Bogle cleared off the line from the in-form Semi Ajayi, who was inches away from a ninth goal of 2019 from a Newell corner.

But United saw their hopes of climbing out of the bottom three sunk by half-time, with their frustration typified when team-mates Jon Taylor and Jerry Yates squared up to each other.

Despite being out for almost two months with a hamstring injury, Chelsea loanee Mount hit the ground running on his return and was instrumental in the Rams' rout, keeping the hosts ticking and the tempo high.

Newell impressed for the the visitors and his chip hit the bar, but the Millers were already a well-beaten side by that stage and remain third-bottom, a point behind Millwall.

After a run of three straight league defeats, Derby are now four matches unbeaten and moved into the final play-off spot ahead of Middlesbrough, who slipped to eighth after losing to Norwich.

Derby County manager Frank Lampard said:

"The performance was top level and I'm delighted with the goals because we've been playing pretty well at times but not scoring enough which has been a problem recently.

"When we play like that we are going to give everyone in this league a tough game.

"When you are on top, you have to take your moments and we did that and killed the game very early.

"My message at half time was not to come off it because I wanted them to make a bit of a statement, and I'm not talking about statements to everyone else but to ourselves and what we can do."

Rotherham manager Paul Warne told BBC Sheffield:

"I don't think 6-1 flattered them if I'm honest, but I don't remember my goalkeeper making many saves either.

"I'm disappointed and a little bit embarrassed because I don't think that sums up our season, it's not how we are.

"I'm not blaming the lads, it's my fault. I prepared the team with the coaching staff, we prepare the tactics, but the simples weren't very good today."

Line-ups

Derby

  • 21Roos
  • 37Bogle
  • 6Keogh
  • 5Tomori
  • 46MaloneSubstituted forColeat 76'minutes
  • 23Holmes
  • 15Johnson
  • 8MountSubstituted forBennettat 76'minutes
  • 7H Wilson
  • 9WaghornSubstituted forMarriottat 81'minutes
  • 10Lawrence

Substitutes

  • 1Carson
  • 2Wisdom
  • 4Bryson
  • 14Marriott
  • 20Bennett
  • 26Cole
  • 44Huddlestone

Rotherham

  • 1Rodák
  • 2Vyner
  • 20Ihiekwe
  • 6Wood
  • 28Jones
  • 5Ajayi
  • 11TaylorSubstituted forTowellat 45'minutes
  • 23Williams
  • 25WilesSubstituted forCrooksat 45'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 22Newell
  • 21YatesSubstituted forFordeat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Forde
  • 8Palmer
  • 12Price
  • 13Towell
  • 17Crooks
  • 24Smith
  • 32Kayode
Referee:
Tim Robinson
Attendance:
27,003

Match Stats

Home TeamDerbyAway TeamRotherham
Possession
Home68%
Away32%
Shots
Home15
Away8
Shots on Target
Home7
Away4
Corners
Home1
Away5
Fouls
Home9
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Derby County 6, Rotherham United 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Derby County 6, Rotherham United 1.

  3. Post update

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

  4. Booking

    Matt Crooks (Rotherham United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  5. Post update

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

  6. Post update

    Foul by Matt Crooks (Rotherham United).

  7. Post update

    Foul by Jack Marriott (Derby County).

  8. Post update

    Richard Wood (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

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

  10. Post update

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

  11. Post update

    Foul by Joe Newell (Rotherham United).

  12. Post update

    Foul by Jack Marriott (Derby County).

  13. Post update

    Richard Wood (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

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

  15. Post update

    Foul by Michael Ihiekwe (Rotherham United).

  16. Post update

    Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Ashley Cole.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Derby County. Jack Marriott replaces Martyn Waghorn.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Mason Bennett (Derby County).

  19. Post update

    Semi Ajayi (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Norwich39249678483081
2Leeds39237966412576
3Sheff Utd39228966372974
4West Brom392010975502570
5Aston Villa391515970551560
6Derby381611115245759
7Bristol City371610114840858
8Middlesbrough381513104032858
9Nottm Forest391415105445957
10Preston391512125952757
11Sheff Wed391414114851-356
12Hull39159155656054
13Brentford3813111460501050
14Stoke391018113742-548
15Swansea37138164648-247
16Blackburn391211165362-947
17QPR39128194661-1544
18Birmingham391214135552341
19Reading39913174257-1540
20Wigan391010194157-1640
21Millwall38910194358-1537
22Rotherham39715174167-2636
23Bolton3988232864-3632
24Ipswich39315213064-3424
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