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Derby County 4-0 Bolton Wanderers: Rams rout deepens Bolton woes

Mason Mount
Mason Mount took his goal tally to 10 for the season with a treble against Bolton

Mason Mount's hat-trick helped Derby keep their play-off hopes alive and edge troubled Bolton closer to relegation at Pride Park.

Craig Bryson pounced to put Derby ahead, lashing a shot under keeper Remi Matthews while his team-mates appealed for a penalty as Harry Wilson went down.

Many of Derby's better moments involved Mount and he doubled the lead on the stroke of half-time after combining with Martyn Waghorn.

Tom Lawrence's cross bounced kindly for Mount to head in his second, and Ashley Cole's neat through-ball enabled the Chelsea loanee to tuck away Derby's fourth.

Victory for both sides was vital for contrasting reasons, with Frank Lampard's men needing three points to stay in touch with the play-off contenders, while Wanderers looked to keep alive an outside chance of avoiding a second relegation in four seasons.

Phil Parkinson set his side up to frustrate the hosts, but County gradually ramped up the pressure, with Matthews forced to save from Lawrence's volley and Richard Keogh's header moments before Derby's first-half double.

Wanderers offered little resistance after falling behind and Wilson and Mount were inches away from adding to the lead before the latter made the points safe with his second-half strikes.

The Trotters have the Championship's joint-leakiest defence, having conceded 72 goals this season, and the damage could have been worse here without a string of saves from Matthews.

But results on the pitch are, perhaps, secondary to Bolton's off-field problems with full-time playing, coaching and non-playing staff still awaiting their March salaries while Ken Anderson's attempts to sell the club continue.

They remain second-bottom and nine points from safety with four games to play, with a vastly inferior goal difference to the sides above them, while the Rams moved back within two points of the final play-off spot in eighth after Bristol City's defeat at Aston Villa.

Derby County manager Frank Lampard:

"I think he (Mason Mount) has developed here this season and there will be some testers for him. The game at Blackburn in midweek was physical, it was a test and it won't always be easy to show the attributes he did today.

"He has to take the rough with the smooth, but I believe he has improved and I also believe there is a lot more to come from him.

"When we had a little break in play I said to him he needs to start turning and facing people up, because people will struggle to deal with his quality, his quick feet, his awareness to play the ball around corners and that's exactly what he did.

"Mason missed two months of the season and that shows he's a boy that's going to score goals and that's important for us. We haven't got the centre-forward that's scoring 25 goals, so we have to contribute from other areas."

Bolton Wanderers manager Phil Parkinson:

"It's been tough for us and it's horrible to get beat.

"As a manager, coaching staff and players you live off results and when you get beat like we did today and compound that with the problems we are facing it's a pretty low place.

"But we've got to make sure we pick ourselves up and finish the season as well as we possibly can.

"Derby are a good side, they are a team that when they get in front, especially at home, and start playing with confidence they have got probably as good final-third players as anyone else in this league."

Line-ups

Derby

  • 21Roos
  • 37Bogle
  • 6Keogh
  • 5Tomori
  • 26Cole
  • 4BrysonSubstituted forBirdat 70'minutes
  • 15JohnsonBooked at 28mins
  • 8Mount
  • 7H WilsonSubstituted forJozefzoonat 83'minutes
  • 9WaghornSubstituted forMarriottat 76'minutes
  • 10Lawrence

Substitutes

  • 1Carson
  • 2Wisdom
  • 11Jozefzoon
  • 14Marriott
  • 20Bennett
  • 41Bird
  • 44Huddlestone

Bolton

  • 20Matthews
  • 17Connolly
  • 31Wheater
  • 5Beevers
  • 3Taylor
  • 10AmeobiBooked at 31minsSubstituted forNooneat 72'minutes
  • 21Williams
  • 48Connell
  • 11BuckleySubstituted forLittleat 60'minutes
  • 19O'Neil
  • 8Donaldson

Substitutes

  • 1Alnwick
  • 2Little
  • 7Oztumer
  • 12Noone
  • 18Wilson
  • 28Magennis
  • 34Pritchard
Referee:
Andy Davies
Attendance:
26,602

Match Stats

Home TeamDerbyAway TeamBolton
Possession
Home70%
Away30%
Shots
Home20
Away7
Shots on Target
Home9
Away2
Corners
Home10
Away3
Fouls
Home14
Away7

Live Text

Match ends, Derby County 4, Bolton Wanderers 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Derby County 4, Bolton Wanderers 0.

Attempt missed. Mark Beevers (Bolton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Gary O'Neil with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Kelle Roos.

Attempt saved. Clayton Donaldson (Bolton Wanderers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Mark Little.

Offside, Derby County. Richard Keogh tries a through ball, but Jack Marriott is caught offside.

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Tom Lawrence.

Foul by Jack Marriott (Derby County).

Mark Beevers (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. Florian Jozefzoon replaces Harry Wilson.

Goal!

Goal! Derby County 4, Bolton Wanderers 0. Mason Mount (Derby County) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ashley Cole following a corner.

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Mark Little.

Attempt missed. Clayton Donaldson (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Gary O'Neil with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Bradley Johnson.

Foul by Harry Wilson (Derby County).

Callum Connolly (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. Jack Marriott replaces Martyn Waghorn.

Attempt missed. Luca Connell (Bolton Wanderers) left footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

Foul by Bradley Johnson (Derby County).

Luca Connell (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Fikayo Tomori (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Gary O'Neil (Bolton Wanderers).

Substitution

Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Craig Noone replaces Sammy Ameobi because of an injury.

Offside, Derby County. Richard Keogh tries a through ball, but Martyn Waghorn is caught offside.

Martyn Waghorn (Derby County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Callum Connolly (Bolton Wanderers).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. Max Bird replaces Craig Bryson.

Delay in match Sammy Ameobi (Bolton Wanderers) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Martyn Waghorn (Derby County) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jayden Bogle.

Hand ball by Joe Williams (Bolton Wanderers).

Attempt missed. Martyn Waghorn (Derby County) left footed shot from the right side of the box is just a bit too high.

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Remi Matthews.

Attempt saved. Craig Bryson (Derby County) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Martyn Waghorn (Derby County) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Bradley Johnson.

Attempt missed. Sammy Ameobi (Bolton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Luca Connell with a cross following a set piece situation.

Foul by Bradley Johnson (Derby County).

Luca Connell (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Craig Bryson (Derby County).

Sammy Ameobi (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Norwich412510684503485
2Leeds422571069422782
3Sheff Utd422310969393079
4West Brom4221101181562573
5Aston Villa421815977581969
6Bristol City411811125546965
7Middlesbrough421713124436864
8Derby411712125950963
9Hull42179166159260
10Sheff Wed421514135255-359
11Nottm Forest421415135652457
12Preston421512156059157
13Swansea41168175554156
14Brentford421412166658854
15Blackburn421411175764-753
16Stoke421119124147-652
17QPR42139205065-1548
18Birmingham421316135854446
19Reading421014184763-1644
20Millwall411012194659-1342
21Wigan411011204461-1741
22Rotherham42816184672-2640
23Bolton4288262972-4332
24Ipswich42416223368-3528
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