Rams Go Third
Attendance: 24, 120
Derby County moved up to third in the Championship table with a comfortable 3-0 win against Millwall at Pride Park although the visitors had the better of the early chances before Craig Bryson opened the scoring on twentyfour minutes. Ben Davies pulled the ball back for the former Kilmarnock midfielder to score his second goal of the season and The Rams scored a similar goal for their second when Davies pulled back for Jeff Hendrick to calmly slot home beyond David Forde. Another well worked team goal culminated with Jamie Ward finding Steve Davies and The Rams` leading scorer rifled home the third to secure the points with twentyfive minutes to go. Adam Legzdins secured a clean sheet on his full debut although Danny N`Guessan hit the post in the final minute with Millwall`s last effort of the match.
Steve Davies came in for Tomasz Cywka, who dropped to the bench, and Adam Legzdins replaced the suspend Frank Fielding in goal as Nigel Clough made two changes to his starting lineup. Derby had the upper hand in the opening stages although the first effort of the match came from the visitors when Danny N`Guessan tested Legzdins but the keeper was equal to it with a low save. Despite pressure at the other end Millwall were next to threaten again when they broke quickly and Jay Simpson played N`Guessan in on goal but his shot was the wrong side of the post.
Jamie Ward played a neat ball through to Theo Robinson but his powerful effort was well saved by David Forde on seventeen minutes and N`Guessan had another effort moments later but Legzdins was again equal to it on his near post. Derby made the breakthrough on twentyfour minutes when a quick counter-attacking move saw Steve Davies play Ben Davies in on goal and, after his initial effort was blocked, the former Notts County player cleverly pulled the ball back for Craig Bryson to sidefoot home from twelve yards.
The visitors looked to get back in the game straight away and Hamuer Bouazza flashed an effort inches wide of the far post with a low effort but Derby`s ability on the ball and clinical finishing saw them grab a second goal with six minutes to go until the break. The two Davies` combined well down the right again with Ben Davies pulling a neat ball back into the path of Jeff Hendrick who stroked home with his left foot for his second goal in as many games. Steve Davies was close to adding a third before the break when his flicked header from a Ben Davies freekick was touched onto the bar by Forde but The Rams had to settle for a two goal lead at halftime.
Derby came out brightly after the break but again it was the visitors who had the first effort when Simpson shot straight at Legzdins from halftime substitute James Henry`s cross. The chances weren`t coming as often in the second period with both sides tightening things up at the back but The Rams secured the three points with twentyfive minutes to go with another well worked goal. Breaking well from the back John Brayford and Bryson combined well to find Ward and his neat ball across the area found Steve Davies at the far post and he took a touch before firing high past Forde to give his side a three goal advantage.
Derby coasted through the closing stages although Nigel Clough introduced all three substitutes with one eye on Tuesday`s match with Barnsley with Tomasz Cywka, Chris Maguire and Russell Anderson replacing Steve Davies, Jamie Ward and Jason Shackell respectively. There was one last effort from Millwall as they broke in the later stages with N`Guessan`s pace taking him beyond Gareth Roberts but his low effort hit the outside of the post and Legzdins claimed a clean sheet in his first start of the season.
Derby County: Legzdins, Brayford, O'Brien, Shackell (Anderson 88), Roberts, Hendrick, Bryson, B Davies, Ward (Maguire 86), Robinson, S Davies (Cywka 79).
Subs Not Used: Croft, Doyle.
Millwall: Forde, Dunne, Stewart, Abdou, Robinson, Ward, Feeney, Trotter, N'Guessan, Simpson (Marquis 66), Bouazza (Henry 46).
Subs Not Used: Mildenhall, Craig, Barron.