Sat 16 Jan 16
at 17:15 PM
Report: Derby County 0 Blues 3
A fantastic performance from start to finish earned Blues a 3-0 win against Derby County at the iPro Stadium.
Second-half goals from Paul Robinson, Stephen Gleeson and an excellent volley from Maikel Kieftenbeld earned Blues a deserved three points in front of a fantastic away following.
Blues started excellently and Derby were unable to stamp their quick passing style on the game.
Michael Morrison cleared a dangerous low cross from Nick Blackman, whilst the striker headed straight at Tomasz Kuszcak minutes later.
Blues looked dangerous on the counter, but Clayton Donaldson was unable to find David Davis on the edge of the area after Jon Toral had released the striker in the area.
Derby’s best chance fell to Jeff Hendrick just after the half hour mark, but after rising high to meet Stephen Warnock’s cross his header bounced wide.
Blues finished the half strong and the final chance fell to Toral, who was able to find a pocket of space on the edge of the area and force Lee Grant to a low save.
Blues came out second-half with Toral in the more suited number 10 role and they dominated proceedings.
Grant was forced to save twice from Toral, as Blues threw men forward searching for the elusive opener.
But they didn’t have to wait long…
Toral’s curling effort was flicked off the bar and over for a Blues corner. Maghoma’s curling delivery was flicked on by Morrison and Robinson was there to head home at the far post.
The goal forced Derby into a triple change, but it was Blues who got the second.
Gleeson’s cross-shot from the right side curled over Grant and into the top corner. Gleeson and the Blues players immediately rushed to the corner and the midfielder was booked for his celebrations.
With ‘Keep Right On’ surrounding the stadium, Blues got their third with an excellent finish.
A right-sided cross was cleared to Kieftenbeld who crashed a right footed volley into the corner and past a fully stretched Grant.
It was a goal that sent the 3,097 travelling Blues fans into raptures and the Derby fans heading for the exits.
Time ticked away with Blues fans in full voice and to top the afternoon off, Gary Rowett was able to introduce new signing Will Buckley who replaced Jon Toral to make his Blues debut.