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Macron Stadium (ATT 15,006) 27th September 2014 - Kick off 15:00

Bolton Bolton Wanderers vs Derby County Derby

Bolton 0


Derby 2

C Martin (38, 57)

Sky Bet Championship: Chris Martin scores twice as Derby cruise past Bolton

Last Updated: 28/09/14 8:49pm

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Chris Martin: Guided Derby to away win

Chris Martin: Guided Derby to away win

Chris Martin caused former boss Dougie Freedman double trouble as Derby extended their unbeaten run to eight games with a 2-0 Championship victory at Bolton.

Martin, a former Crystal Palace loanee when Freedman was in charge at Selhurst Park, also missed a first half penalty as Steve McClaren's upwardly mobile side claimed three points at a canter.

By contrast, Wanderers slumped to a third defeat in eight days and are now back in the relegation zone with a trip to bottom of the table Fulham to come on Wednesday.

Angry Wanderers fans, sparked by two separate mini pitch invasions midway through the second half, turned on Freedman and chairman, Phil Gartside.

'Freedman out' and 'Gartside out' rang out around the Macron Stadium as the Trotters slumped to a sixth defeat in nine Championship games.

Derby led 1-0 at half-time but could have been further clear. Martin turned in impressive right back Cyrus Christie's right wing cross after 38 minutes to earn the Rams their deserved interval advantage.

But the former Norwich marksman's fifth goal of the season-and first in five matches- should have come 30 minutes earlier.

Craig Bryson was sent sprawling by a combination of Kevin McNaughton and Matt Mills. But Andy Lonergan, outstanding in Wanderers' midweek League Cup exit at Chelsea, guessed correctly as Martin fired a right footed spot kick towards the keeper's right.

Inspired by their stopper, Bolton hit back and Joe Mason's close range effort was turned aside for a corner. On loan Mason, scorer of a hat-trick on his last home appearance, had another goal bound effort blocked by Richard Keogh.

However, Derby always looked the more fluent side with top scorer Jamie Ward's left foot curler from 18 yards almost breaking the deadlock before Martin struck from six yards. There were predictable boos from the home crowd as Wanderers trudged off at the break.

And the simmering mood of discontent turned into mutiny after Martin slammed County 2-0 in front with a rising left foot blast from 12 yards after poor defensive work by the home team.

Shortly after two fans ran onto the pitch; one grabbing the corner flag and prancing in front of stewards before being led away. Minutes later another supporter forced a further hold up as he paraded in front of the Nat Lofthouse Stand.

Mason had a late goal disallowed but Wanderers never came close to rescuing a game that brought bookings for Wanderers' Dean Moxey and Mark Davies plus Derby's Will Hughes.

And while Martin's brace proved paradise for Derby, it was purgatory for Freedman as fans again demanded his resignation at the final whistle.

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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