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Derby County 2-0 Luton Town: Lee Gregory and Graeme Shinnie give Rams vital win

Lee Gregory
Lee Gregory turned in his third goal of the season from Martyn Waghorn's cut-back

Derby moved eight points clear of the Championship relegation places as they beat Luton to end a seven-game winless run.

Martyn Waghorn did well to control a long diagonal ball and lay it back across goal for Lee Gregory to turn in the Rams opener.

Derby goalkeeper David Marshall made a superb stop to deny Elijah Adebayo an equaliser in an open and entertaining first half.

Graeme Shinnie doubled the lead soon after the break with a pinpoint penalty into the bottom corner after Glen Rea caught Tom Lawrence.

The win lifts the Rams up to 18th, giving them a little breathing space as third-bottom Rotherham lost at Millwall, while Luton, who have failed to win at Derby in their last 10 attempts, stay 13th.

Derby had failed to score in five of their previous six outings, and faced an in-form Hatters side with back-to-back clean sheets, but the hosts made an explosive start, with Louie Sibley drawing two saves from goalkeeper Simon Sluga before Gregory's early tap-in.

The two sides had only served up 58 league goals between them this season, but delivered an open first half with plenty of chances.

Luton, who are a draw away from matching last season's points total, went close to levelling it up when Adebayo headed just wide from six yards, while Marshall pushed Rea's header past the post.

Lawrence went close to a second for Wayne Rooney's side, sending an effort just past the far post, and Sluga then thwarted Sibley for a third time when he got down to save his half-volley.

Wales international Lawrence made a twisting run into the box to win Derby's penalty and almost engineered a third when he drilled a shot across goal which Jordan Clark cleared off the line.

Derby manager Wayne Rooney told BBC Radio derby:

"It was a game we had to win, I stressed that to the players before the game - we can't leave the stadium today without the three points.

"We had a very good week of training, we prepared really well, and I think that showed, especially in the first 30 minutes."

Luton boss Nathan Jones told BBC Three Counties Radio:

"We are not a team to chase from 2-0 and we don't usually have to do that, but we started both halves really poorly.

"Derby started fast, but we allowed them to come on to us a little bit and we conceded. If we'd seen that period out then, for half an hour of the first half we were excellent, I thought, and created enough chances to have got on the scoresheet.

"We want to start (the second half) well and go after the first goal and it was the polar opposite.

"From our corner they break, we had numbers back there, don't defend it well enough and suddenly it's 2-0 and pretty much game over."

Line-ups

Derby

Formation 3-4-2-1

  • 1Marshall
  • 2WisdomBooked at 47mins
  • 16Clarke
  • 3Forsyth
  • 12ByrneBooked at 66mins
  • 8Bird
  • 4Shinnie
  • 10LawrenceSubstituted forBuchananat 84'minutes
  • 17SibleyBooked at 51minsSubstituted forKnightat 62'minutes
  • 19GregorySubstituted forJozwiakat 62'minutes
  • 9WaghornSubstituted forKazim-Richardsat 45+1'minutesBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 7Jozwiak
  • 13Kazim-Richards
  • 15Mengi
  • 21Roos
  • 23Roberts
  • 26Buchanan
  • 34Baningime
  • 38Knight
  • 40Watson

Luton

Formation 4-3-1-2

  • 12Sluga
  • 26Bree
  • 6PearsonBooked at 81mins
  • 24Naismith
  • 18Clark
  • 17Mpanzu
  • 16ReaSubstituted forInceat 57'minutes
  • 4Tunnicliffe
  • 22Dewsbury-HallBooked at 66minsSubstituted forBerryat 82'minutes
  • 7CornickSubstituted forCollinsat 70'minutes
  • 29AdebayoSubstituted forNombeat 70'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Shea
  • 2Cranie
  • 8Berry
  • 14Moncur
  • 19Collins
  • 25LuaLua
  • 27Nombe
  • 28Morrell
  • 39Ince
Referee:
Andy Woolmer

Match Stats

Home TeamDerbyAway TeamLuton
Possession
Home43%
Away57%
Shots
Home11
Away13
Shots on Target
Home5
Away3
Corners
Home5
Away4
Fouls
Home14
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Derby County 2, Luton Town 0.

  2. Booking

    Colin Kazim-Richards (Derby County) is shown the yellow card.

  3. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Derby County 2, Luton Town 0.

  4. Post update

    Offside, Luton Town. Simon Sluga tries a through ball, but Matty Pearson is caught offside.

  5. Post update

    Kal Naismith (Luton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Colin Kazim-Richards (Derby County).

  7. Post update

    Kal Naismith (Luton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Max Bird (Derby County).

  9. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Jason Knight (Derby County) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Kamil Jozwiak.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Kal Naismith (Luton Town) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Ryan Tunnicliffe.

  11. Post update

    Kal Naismith (Luton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Colin Kazim-Richards (Derby County).

  13. Post update

    Foul by Kal Naismith (Luton Town).

  14. Post update

    Nathan Byrne (Derby County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  15. Post update

    Attempt saved. Ryan Tunnicliffe (Luton Town) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal.

  16. Post update

    Jordan Clark (Luton Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Nathan Byrne (Derby County).

  18. Post update

    Offside, Derby County. Craig Forsyth tries a through ball, but Colin Kazim-Richards is caught offside.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Tom Ince (Luton Town).

  20. Post update

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

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As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Norwich39259557282984
2Watford39239756263078
3Swansea38209945301569
4Brentford371911765392668
5Barnsley39198125043765
6Reading391891253421163
7Bournemouth3817111058382062
8Cardiff3916101355381758
9Middlesbrough39168154742556
10Millwall391316103936355
11Stoke391413124442255
12QPR381411134243-153
13Luton38148163143-1250
14Bristol City39154203952-1349
15Blackburn391210175043746
16Nottm Forest391112163138-745
17Preston39136204050-1045
18Derby391110182942-1343
19Huddersfield37119174152-1142
20Birmingham391011182950-2141
21Coventry38912173251-1939
22Rotherham35105203848-1035
23Sheff Wed38108202848-2032
24Wycombe3979232661-3530
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