KENYA BROWN - Monday, February 3, 2020
Duane Holmes assited on a goal as Derby County continued their push up the standings in pursuit of a promotion play-off place with a win over Stoke City.
Derby County 4-0 Stoke City
Derby County put on a dominant performance from start to finish as they proved to be too much to handle for Stoke City in their win at Pride Park.
Duane Holmes, who was named man of the match, started the game for the Rams and went the distance as the team tries to make the push to gain ground on those in the promotion play-off spots.
The host would open the scoring in the 21st minute when Craig Forsyth sent in a cross from the left side of the field, with Martin Waghorn on the spot to put his diving header on target.
Holmes was involved the team's second goal three minutes later as he fended off to Stoke players to gain possession of the ball. The midfielder then darted towards the area before passing the ball Chris Martin, who fired his shot past goalkeeper Jack Butland.
Derby were rolling and they did not look back as they headed to the dressing room for the halftime break.
And they continued right where they left off when they returned to the field as Wayne Rooney put away a free-kick in the 67th minute to extend their lead.
Rooney then turned provider seven minutes later when his long diagonal pass was met by Jayden Bogle, who then slammed it home from the edge of the area.
A strong win for the Rams as they hope to build up more mometum throughout February and close the gap further on the competition.
Derby County now sits in 13th place in the standings with 40 points, 10 off the pace from the fifth and sixth spots in promotion play-off places.
In the Premier League, DeAndre Yedlin was the only one to see action on the field as Newcastle United shared the points with Norwich City following a 0-0 tie.
Elsewhere in the Championship, Fulham have inched closer to the automatic promotion places despite missing Tim Ream, while Luca de la Torre watched from the bench, in their 3-2 win over Huddersfield Town.
Eric Lichaj and Hull City's chances of challenging for a play-off place took a hit as they took a 5-1 drubbing at the hands of Brentford.
Cameron Carter-Vickers made his first appearance for last place Luton Town in their 2-0 loss to leaders West Bromwich Albion.
Antonee Robinson was not name to the team sheet for Wigan Athletic following the collapse of his transfer to AC Milan as the Latics came away with a 1-0 win over promotion-chasing Leeds United.
Down in Leauge One, Charlie Kelman scored the opening goal for Southend United as they scored late stoppage-time winner to beat Lincoln City by a 2-1 scoreline.
Lynden Gooch and Sunderland dropped out of the play-off places as they fell to a surging Portsmouth in a 2-0 loss.
Matthew Olosunde came off the bench for Rotherham United as they moved back to the top spot following their 3-2 win over Burton Albion.
Giles Phillips watched on from the bench as Wycombe Wanderers were blanked by Milton Keynes Dons in a 2-0 loss.