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Derby County 3-0 Blackburn Rovers: Louie Sibley and Chris Martin on target in Rams win

Louie Sibley celebrates
Louie Sibley scored his first senior goal on his eighth appearance for Derby

Derby County moved within five points of a Championship play-off place with victory over fellow hopefuls Blackburn.

Louie Sibley marked his full league debut with a stunning left-foot strike from 25 yards to put the Rams in front.

Chris Martin then slid in to double the lead after Blackburn keeper Christian Walton could only parry Graeme Shinnie's long-range effort.

Martin added a third from the spot after Jason Knight was fouled, before Rovers had John Buckley sent off.

The substitute was shown a straight red card in stoppage time for a crude lunge on Derby defender Curtis Davies.

Victory lifts Derby, who were without January signing Wayne Rooney because of what boss Phillip Cocu described after the game as a "minor muscle problem", up to 12th in the table.

But with fixtures against fellow top-half sides Millwall, Preston, Nottingham Forest, West Brom, Brentford, Cardiff and Leeds still to come in their final nine games, their play-off hopes remain in their own hands.

Wayne Rooney watches Derby's win over Blackburn
Former England captain Wayne Rooney watched Derby's win over Blackburn from the stands

Blackburn, who would have climbed into the top six with victory, started brightly but failed to take their early chances, with Tosin Adarabioyo heading over and ex-Nottingham Forest forward Ben Brereton slicing off target from corners.

But once Derby settled into the game they began to take control and could have have more goals to show for their efforts by the break than teenage midfielder Sibley's shot into the top corner and Martin's opportunistic effort.

Walton twice made fine saves to deny the Rams, first pushing Martin's curling shot around the post before denying Martyn Waghorn, who also hit the post from a tight angle, with his legs.

He continued to repel Derby after the break, tipping Waghorn's free-kick around the post and holding Max Bird's long-range drive.

Rovers offered more of a threat as Derby sat on their lead, with Ben Hamer recovering from being wrong-footed to get a hand on Amari'i Bell's deflected strike to keep their advantage intact.

Their fading hopes were well and truly quashed when Martin secured back-to-back league wins for the Rams from the penalty spot after Elliott Bennett tripped Knight late on.

Derby boss Phillip Cocu told BBC Radio Derby:

"I think we played an excellent game of football.

"I enjoyed how we played in the first half and we discussed at half-time, because in football two halves are never the same, to keep the initiative and playing with the same energy and we did.

"We missed two or three chances but we have to be realistic that not every shot is a goal.

"Over the entire game, we played a good game of football today."

Blackburn Rovers manager Tony Mowbray told BBC Radio Lancashire:

"Derby were better than us today, they played particularly well.

"They built from the back really well and they've got some talented young players.

"I'm not sure we got the balance right, we believed we could hurt them with the forward options we have but we probably had too many attacking-minded players on the pitch."

Line-ups

Derby

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 12Hamer
  • 37BogleSubstituted forWhittakerat 88'minutes
  • 2Wisdom
  • 16Clarke
  • 3Forsyth
  • 4Shinnie
  • 41BirdBooked at 72mins
  • 9WaghornSubstituted forDaviesat 76'minutes
  • 40SibleyBooked at 75minsSubstituted forMarriottat 76'minutes
  • 38Knight
  • 19Martin

Substitutes

  • 14Marriott
  • 17Evans
  • 21Roos
  • 25Lowe
  • 33Davies
  • 46Malone
  • 49Whittaker

Blackburn

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Walton
  • 31BennettBooked at 84mins
  • 2Nyambe
  • 24Tosin
  • 17Bell
  • 9GallagherSubstituted forGrahamat 72'minutes
  • 27TravisBooked at 25minsSubstituted forJohnsonat 59'minutes
  • 19Downing
  • 8RothwellBooked at 45mins
  • 7A Armstrong
  • 20BreretonSubstituted forBuckleyat 72'minutesBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 4Johnson
  • 10Graham
  • 12Samuel
  • 13Leutwiler
  • 18Davenport
  • 37Rankin-Costello
  • 39Buckley
Referee:
John Brooks
Attendance:
26,590

Match Stats

Home TeamDerbyAway TeamBlackburn
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home16
Away11
Shots on Target
Home11
Away3
Corners
Home3
Away6
Fouls
Home12
Away14

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Derby County 3, Blackburn Rovers 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Derby County 3, Blackburn Rovers 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Jack Marriott (Derby County) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  4. Dismissal

    John Buckley (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the red card.

  5. Post update

    Curtis Davies (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by John Buckley (Blackburn Rovers).

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Bradley Johnson (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Stewart Downing.

  8. Post update

    Attempt saved. Tosin Adarabioyo (Blackburn Rovers) header from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Stewart Downing.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Chris Martin (Derby County).

  10. Post update

    Ryan Nyambe (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Derby County. Morgan Whittaker replaces Jayden Bogle.

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Chris Martin (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Craig Forsyth.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Jayden Bogle (Derby County).

  14. Post update

    Amari'i Bell (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Goal!

    Goal! Derby County 3, Blackburn Rovers 0. Chris Martin (Derby County) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

  16. Booking

    Elliott Bennett (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  17. Post update

    Penalty Derby County. Jason Knight draws a foul in the penalty area.

  18. Post update

    Penalty conceded by Elliott Bennett (Blackburn Rovers) after a foul in the penalty area.

  19. Post update

    Graeme Shinnie (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Post update

    Foul by John Buckley (Blackburn Rovers).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leeds37218856302671
2West Brom371913564372770
3Fulham371810952381464
4Brentford371791164333160
5Nottm Forest371612948381060
6Preston37168135045556
7Bristol City371510125153-255
8Millwall37131594440454
9Cardiff37131595250254
10Blackburn371411125245753
11Swansea371314104645153
12Derby371312124949051
13QPR37148155862-450
14Reading37139154642448
15Sheff Wed37139154649-348
16Birmingham371211144857-947
17Stoke37126194955-642
18Huddersfield37119174558-1342
19Middlesbrough37914143747-1041
20Wigan371011163850-1241
21Hull37118184963-1441
22Charlton37109184454-1039
23Luton37105224371-2835
24Barnsley37810194262-2034
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