|Posted by Stuart Hughes on October 31, 2011 at 5:35 AM|
Derby County made it six wins from eight games with a 3-0 home victory over Millwall at Pride Park Stadium.
The win lifted the Rams to the lofty heights of 3rd in the npower Championship with only Southampton and Middlesbrough above us.
It was an open entertaining game and for the first twenty minutes or so and Derby County rather rode their luck, more composure by a Lions side who haven’t scored a goal in five games now and the Rams would’ve gone behind.
Two very similar goals, passed into the back of the net by midfielders Craig Bryson and Jeff Hendrick, following good work down the right by Steven and Ben Davies, saw the Rams take the ascendancy and the result was never in doubt after that.
Steven Davies added a third in the second half, finishing off a flowing passing move by smashing the ball home from six yards.
Derby County are now a solitary point off top spot so the home game against Barnsley on Tuesday presents an excellent chance to push on even further.
Rams Man of the Match: Overall a very solid performance by the whole team with no weak links. I’m going to go for Ben Davies. He had a hand in all three goals, including two assists. His tireless workrate and quality set-piece delivery is starting to win over Rams fans and prove he can play at this level.
Referee watch: Referee Colin Webster had an unfussy game, kept his cards in his pocket for the most part, and generally went unnoticed. He seemed to lose concentration immediately after the restart when he missed a few fouls but soon settled in again. Showed a willingness to play advantage and then bring play back for a free-kick if no advantage materialised. Mr. Webster has now refereed Derby County six times and the Rams have won five of them.
Published in the Derby Telegraph 26th September 2011.