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iPro Stadium (ATT 24,063) 7th December 2013 - Kick off 12:15

Derby Derby County vs Blackpool Blackpool

Derby 5

C Martin (pen 47, 53, pen 69)
C Bryson (57)
R Keogh (90+2)

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Blackpool 1

I Osbourne (3)
N Bishop (S/O 69)
Angel (S/O 87)

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Sky Bet Championship: Derby County ease to 5-1 win against Blackpool

Last Updated: 07/12/13 5:22pm

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Chris Martin: Scored three goals against Blackpool

Chris Martin: Scored three goals against Blackpool

Chris Martin's first ever Football League hat-trick helped Derby cruise to a 5-1 victory over Blackpool at the renamed iPro Stadium in the Sky Bet Championship on Saturday.

Isaiah Osbourne headed Blackpool in front early on but that was as good as it got for Paul Ince's side, whose indiscipline continued as they finished the game with nine men.

Even with the early goal, the Seasiders led a charmed life for the remainder of the first half.

Their luck ran out after half-time though as Derby hit three quickfire goals to turn the game on its head.

A Chris Martin double, the first a penalty, and another effort from Craig Bryson put the Rams in control by the 57-minute mark.

Former Norwich striker Martin, in his first full season with Derby following a loan spell during the last campaign, took his tally for this season to 13 goals as he completed his treble with another spot-kick - an incident which saw Neal Bishop sent off.

Substitute Angel Martinez then also saw red for the visitors before captain Richard Keogh completed the rout in injury time.

Blackpool took the lead after three minutes with Osbourne's glancing header from Tom Ince's inswinging free-kick.

A sustained spell of Derby pressure, which lasted for almost the remainder of the first-half, followed.

Only a superb piece of defending inside the six-yard box from Jack Robinson, beating Martin to Bryson's low cross, prevented the Rams' leading scorer from netting an equalising goal after 17 minutes.

Bishop then twice saved the Seasiders with last-ditch blocks either side of the half-hour mark, first sliding in to deny Simon Dawkins as Steve McClaren's men caught them on the break, before Martin's close-range shot struck the 32-year-old following some excellent play by Dawkins.

Another chance went begging for Derby after 34 minutes.

Dawkins was involved again, getting to the byline once more, but his cutback was fractionally behind Bryson and the midfielder lifted his effort over the crossbar from just four yards out.

McClaren made a change at half-time with Johnny Russell replacing Jamie Ward, who has recently been carrying a knee injury.

Derby's first-half pressure was finally rewarded when they deservedly equalised shortly after the restart.

Martin went to ground under a challenge from Robinson down the right-side of the box and the Rams striker picked himself up to convert the resulting penalty after 47 minutes.

Six minutes later Dawkins capitalised on a defensive error by Chris Basham. His shot was saved by Matt Gilks but Martin was on hand to steer home the rebound.

Dawkins' 18-yarder whizzed just wide as gaps began to appear in the Blackpool defence before Bryson made it 3-1, flicking in from close range after good work by Andre Wisdom.

At the other end, Lee Grant got a rare feel of the ball as he had to push away a free-kick from former Derby forward Steven Davies.

What little hope the visitors appeared to have of getting back into the game was extinguished midway through the second half when Bishop was shown a straight red card for bringing down Dawkins inside the area.

It presented Martin with the chance to complete his hat-trick - he duly obliged.

Craig Forsyth almost made it five but his shot went just wide.

It got even worse for Blackpool when Martinez followed Bishop down the tunnel in the 88th minute for a second bookable offence.

It was the Seasiders' fifth red card in little over 90 minutes of football following their lack of discipline in midweek at Yeovil, where Kirk Broadfoot, Ricardo Fuller and Gary MacKenzie were all sent off in the final five minutes.

It was also an eighth dismissal of the season for Paul Ince's team.

Their misery was then compounded when Derby captain Richard Keogh blasted home from close range following Bryson's corner.

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Sky Bet Championship

Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Derby County 18 35
2 Bournemouth 18 32
3 Middlesbrough 18 32
4 Ipswich Town 18 31
5 Brentford 18 31
6 Blackburn Rovers 18 30
7 Watford 18 29
8 Nottingham Forest 18 28
9 Charlton Athletic 18 28
10 Norwich City 18 27
11 Wolverhampton Wanderers 18 27
12 Cardiff City 18 26
13 Sheffield Wednesday 18 22
14 Huddersfield Town 18 21
15 Reading 18 21
16 Leeds United 18 20
17 Fulham 18 19
18 Millwall 18 19
19 Birmingham City 18 19
20 Brighton and Hove Albion 18 18
21 Bolton Wanderers 18 18
22 Rotherham United 18 18
23 Wigan Athletic 18 17
24 Blackpool 18 8