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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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Sky Bet Championship

Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bournemouth 21 39
2 Middlesbrough 21 39
3 Derby County 21 38
4 Ipswich Town 21 38
5 Brentford 21 37
6 Watford 21 35
7 Norwich City 21 33
8 Blackburn Rovers 21 31
9 Nottingham Forest 21 30
10 Charlton Athletic 21 30
11 Cardiff City 21 30
12 Wolverhampton Wanderers 21 30
13 Sheffield Wednesday 21 28
14 Fulham 21 25
15 Birmingham City 21 25
16 Reading 21 25
17 Huddersfield Town 21 24
18 Bolton Wanderers 21 23
19 Leeds United 21 23
20 Millwall 21 23
21 Rotherham United 21 21
22 Brighton and Hove Albion 21 18
23 Wigan Athletic 21 17
24 Blackpool 21 13