Derby County moved up to fifth place in the Championship following a deserved and convincing 4-1 thrashing of West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns on Wednesday night.
Frank Lampard’s side were on the backfoot for the opening few minutes before a slack backpass from Jay Rodriguez that was picked up by Jack Marriott, who scored one-on-one against Sam Johnstone with Derby’s first effort on goal on 10 minutes. It’s the striker’s third Championship goal in as many starts.
The Rams doubled their lead five minutes later through a fine solo effort from Tom Lawrence and began to control the game thereafter. A thunberbolt from Harry Wilson six minutes into the second half ensured all three points for the Midlands club before a solo effort from Scott Malone made it 4-0 in the final 20 minutes.
Jay Rodriguez managed to score a consolation for the Championship’s leading goalscorers in a night where they lost top scorer Dwight Gayle to injury at half-time.
Derby move up to 24 points, level with West Brom and both sides are only two points behind league leaders Leeds United.
The result means that the East Midlands club have now won-back-to-back games against two of the top sides in the division having only picked up two points in their three matches prior to this week.
Derby County travel to joint-leaders Middlesbrough at Saturday lunchtime whilst West Brom will be looking to bounce back later that afternoon when they host Blackburn Rovers.