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Pride Park Stadium (ATT 26,117) 16th October 2010 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: A D'Urso

Derby Derby County vs Preston North End Preston

Derby 3

D Moxey (21)
A Bueno (32)
R Savage (pen 90+3)

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Preston 0

K Treacy (S/O 90+3)

Rams continue to climb

Derby extend impressive run against Preston

By Adrian Del Monte.   Last Updated: 16/10/10 5:54pm

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Savage: Another three points

Savage: Another three points

Derby recorded a comfortable 3-0 victory against Championship strugglers Preston North End to get themselves further away from danger.

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The Rams are now unbeaten in six league fixtures, and have climbed to 12th in the standings after their latest performance.

Derby scored twice in the opening half, to take a comfortable two-goal advantage into the interval. And despite a brief period of promise for the visitors early in the second period, a penalty converted in the final minute by Robbie Savage secured the three points.

Derby made a bright start and the in-form Kris Commons tried his luck from long range after 10 minutes but the forward's strike flashed over the crossbar.

The Rams looked dangerous going forward with their sharp passing and movement and they were in front after 21 minutes.

On-loan Spaniard Alberto Bueno picked out left-back Dean Moxey and his left-footed cross-shot should have been kept out by Andy Lonergan but beat the Lilywhites goalkeeper at his near post.

Tested

A minute later the ball fell for Commons in the penalty area and the former Nottingham Forest man's effort was deflected wide.

Derby goalkeeper Frank Fielding, making his debut after being signed on loan from Blackburn on Friday, was tested for the first time 26 minutes in when he kept out Jon Parkin's strike.

But Derby were in control and they doubled their lead after 32 minutes when Shefki Kuqi headed on for the impressive Bueno, who headed home his third goal for the club from six yards out.

Preston were poor in the first half but they looked more threatening at the start of the second half.

Derby still looked threatening going forward and Commons tried his luck twice early in the second half but failed to hit the target on both occasions.

Pressue

Commons did force Lonergan to make a save after 54 minutes with a free-kick from 25 yards out and the alert Bueno failed to convert the rebound.

Preston then had a spell of pressure and twice tested Fielding.

First Treacy drilled a shot from long range which the on-loan Blackburn youngster palmed away and then Fielding did well to keep out Sean St Ledger's header.

Commons had his best chance of the afternoon with 14 minutes remaining but the former Nottingham Forest man fired wide with just Lonergan to beat.

But Derby had their third goal in the second minute of stoppage time when Anderson was upended by Treacy in the penalty area.

Treacy was shown a red card and Savage stepped up to beat Lonergan from the spot.

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Sky Bet Championship

Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Derby County 14 26
2 Watford 14 26
3 Wolverhampton Wanderers 14 26
4 Bournemouth 14 24
5 Middlesbrough 14 24
6 Norwich City 14 23
7 Nottingham Forest 14 22
8 Blackburn Rovers 14 22
9 Charlton Athletic 14 22
10 Ipswich Town 14 21
11 Cardiff City 14 19
12 Sheffield Wednesday 14 19
13 Brentford 14 19
14 Reading 14 18
15 Millwall 14 17
16 Rotherham United 14 17
17 Huddersfield Town 14 17
18 Leeds United 14 16
19 Wigan Athletic 14 15
20 Fulham 14 14
21 Brighton and Hove Albion 14 13
22 Bolton Wanderers 14 11
23 Birmingham City 14 11
24 Blackpool 14 6

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