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Derby Derby County vs Huddersfield Town Huddsf'ld

Derby 3

C Bryson (24)
J Ward (33)
R Keogh (59)

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Derby County beat Huddersfield Town 3-0 at home in the Championship

Last Updated: 02/02/13 6:11pm

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Richard Keogh: Added the third

Richard Keogh: Added the third

First-half goals from Craig Bryson and Jamie Ward set Derby on their way to a 3-0 home victory against Huddersfield Town in the Championship.

Captain Richard Keogh added a third after half-time to inflict a first defeat on Huddersfield caretaker manager Mark Lillis - a former Rams player and coach.

The Rams were unchanged from the team that started last weekend's FA Cup defeat to Blackburn. The only change on the bench saw leading goalscorer Theo Robinson return after illness, against his former club, in place of teenage striker Mason Bennett.

Derby dominated the first half, creating a handful of chances and thoroughly deserving their 2-0 lead at the interval.

Huddersfield goalkeeper Alex Smithies pushed Ward's 25-yard free-kick over the crossbar early on before another former Ram - James Vaughan -

burst into the box and curled a shot narrowly wide.

Oliver Norwood's long-range effort after 13 minutes had Adam Legzdins worried and the home goalkeeper, scrambling across his goal, would have been relieved to see the ball fly wide.

Thereafter though, it was all Derby. Conor Sammon's curler just missed the target before Bryson unleashed a 25-yard piledriver that marginally cleared the bar.

The Rams made the breakthrough in the 24th minute. Following a driving run down the right, Paul Coutts crossed the ball into the six-yard box where Bryson was on hand to tap in.

But three minutes later Derby did extend their lead when Gareth Roberts' cross was superbly volleyed into the top left-hand corner of the net by Ward.

John Brayford burst forward from right-back and almost scored a third goal but his effort went just wide.

The second half was relatively quiet, especially after the Rams scored their third goal and embarked upon long periods of keep-ball. Keogh headed home Ward's free-kick after 59 minutes following Calum Woods' foul on Coutts.

Derby continued to create chances and Ward saw a goalbound effort blocked before Smithies denied Sammon with 15 minutes remaining.

Roberts worried the Town keeper late on with another long range effort but the left-back's shot whistled over the bar.

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Sky Bet Championship

Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bournemouth 39 73
2 Watford 39 72
3 Middlesbrough 39 72
4 Norwich City 39 70
5 Derby County 39 67
6 Ipswich Town 39 67
7 Brentford 39 66
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 39 65
9 Nottingham Forest 39 57
10 Blackburn Rovers 39 54
11 Charlton Athletic 39 54
12 Sheffield Wednesday 39 53
13 Leeds United 39 52
14 Cardiff City 39 51
15 Birmingham City 38 47
16 Brighton and Hove Albion 39 45
17 Bolton Wanderers 39 45
18 Huddersfield Town 39 44
19 Reading 38 44
20 Fulham 39 43
21 Rotherham United 39 40
22 Wigan Athletic 39 35
23 Millwall 39 33
24 Blackpool 39 23