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Pride Park Stadium (ATT 24,120) 24th September 2011 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: C Webster

Derby Derby County vs Millwall Millwall

Derby 3

C Bryson (24)
J Hendrick (39)
S Davies (65)

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Rams roar past Lions into third

Last Updated: 24/09/11 5:33pm

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Davies: Capped off the scoring

Davies: Capped off the scoring

Derby inflicted more misery on Millwall with a 3-0 victory that lifted Nigel Clough's side up to third in the Championship.

Craig Bryson's first goal at Pride Park set the Rams on their way and fellow midfielder Jeff Hendrick extended the lead before half-time.

Steven Davies added a third goal in the second half to ensure it would be no win in six league matches for Millwall, who have now gone 505 minutes without scoring a Championship goal.

Derby made two changes after claiming the East Midlands bragging rights against rivals Nottingham Forest.

One was enforced with Frank Fielding suspended following his second-minute red card at the City Ground, so summer signing Adam Legzdins made his full debut.

Leading goalscorer Steven Davies was recalled for Tomasz Cywka, who was the unfortunate man to be sacrificed after Fielding was dismissed last weekend.

Millwall manager Kenny Jackett made five changes from the side that started the Carling Cup defeat to Wolves.

Goalkeeper David Forde, defender Paul Robinson and midfielder Liam Feeney and Liam Trotter, all of whom started the goalless home draw against West Ham last weekend, returned to the starting XI after missing out on Tuesday night.

Tamika Mkandawire was absent through injury at Molineux, where Tony Craig deputised in defence. But striker Jay Simpson was recalled against Derby in the only change from the line-up that started against the Hammers.

Hamer Bouazza and Dany N'Guessan both had a couple of efforts inside the opening quarter of an hour without working Legzdins.

Forde was forced into action, though, in the 18th minute when he had to tip over a shot from former Lion Theo Robinson.

Derby took the lead after 24 minutes. Ben Davies embarked on a driving run to the byline and cut the ball back for Bryson, who scored from 12 yards out despite a handful of defenders on the goalline.

Bouazza continued to look a threat and sent another effort wide just before the half-hour mark.

Ben Davies went close with a long-range shot before setting up Derby's second goal.

His pass from the right-hand side of the area was clinically dispatched by Hendrick, who also scored the second goal for Clough's side at Forest last week.

Robinson might have done better with a header for Millwall before Steven Davies almost showed him how it was done just before half-time. However, his effort hit the crossbar.

Legzdins foiled Simpson with a routine save at the start of the second half before Steven Davies went close with an effort from the edge of the box.

Derby's leading scorer grabbed his fourth goal of the season soon afterwards.

Good work from Bryson and John Brayford created space for Jamie Ward and he teed-up his strike partner who scored from 12 yards.

Steven Davies sent another shot narrowly wide midway through the second half in what was the last meaningful attempt on goal from both sides until N'Guessan fired wide in injury time.

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Pos Team P Pts
1 Leicester City 43 93
2 Burnley 43 86
3 Derby County 43 78
4 Queens Park Rangers 43 73
5 Wigan Athletic 42 70
6 Brighton and Hove Albion 43 65
7 Reading 43 64
8 Ipswich Town 43 64
9 Nottingham Forest 43 62
10 Bournemouth 43 62
11 Blackburn Rovers 43 61
12 Watford 42 60
13 Middlesbrough 43 58
14 Bolton Wanderers 43 55
15 Sheffield Wednesday 43 53
16 Leeds United 43 53
17 Huddersfield Town 43 47
18 Birmingham City 42 43
19 Doncaster Rovers 43 43
20 Millwall 43 43
21 Charlton Athletic 42 42
22 Blackpool 43 42
23 Barnsley 43 39
24 Yeovil Town 43 37