Match: Derby County v Aston Villa
Date: Saturday 10th November 2018
Competition: Sky Bet Championship
Venue: Pride Park
McGinn 74, Abraham 78, Hourihane 84
Nyland; Hutton, Tuanzebe, Chester, Taylor (Elmohamady HT); Hourihane, McGinn, Grealish; Adomah, Abraham (Hogan 87), Kodjia (Bolasie 70). UNUSED SUBS: Bunn, Whelan, Jedinak, Bjarnason.
Story in brief
A ten-minute treble secured us a 3-0 win at Derby County.
John McGinn opened the scoring on 74 minutes before Tammy Abraham and Conor Hourihane followed suit to cap an impressive away performance for Dean Smith’s men.
When Derby gave the ball away from a goal-kick early on, Jonathan Kodjia was picked out by Albert Adomah at the far post but he could only direct his header over the bar.
If Abraham’s wayward volley had given him a chance to adjust his radar shortly afterwards, he forced a smart stop from Scott Carson later in the half with a goal-bound header that the ex-England international had to shovel behind for a corner.
Tom Lawrence zipped his own range-finder over the bar for the Rams while Harry Wilson’s speculative long-range effort was easily pouched by Ørjan Nyland.
It was Lawrence who spurned arguably the hosts best chance, steering a bouncing ball over one-on-one and Jack Marriott forced a smart goal-line block from James Chester before Nyland had to throw himself to his right to push the rebound over to keep the score goalless.
Abraham had the ball in back of the net early in the second half but saw his effort ruled out for offside.
Kodjia blazed over after being teed up by McGinn before scooping over from a Grealish lay-off moments later.
With 15 minutes to play, the pressure told and the visitors took the lead.
Substitute Yannick Bolasie turned his full-back inside before whipping an inviting ball across the box which was met by a perfectly-timed run from McGinn.
Four minutes later, Villa doubled their advantage. Derby gave the ball away in midfield, Grealish let McGinn take over possession before the Scotland international whipped a perfect ball into the middle for Abraham to tap home from inside the six-yard box.
With 84 minutes on the clock, McGinn was clipped on the edge of the box. Hourihane stepped up and bent the free-kick into the top corner to make it 3-0.
Away day hat-trick
The success at Pride Park was our first away league victory since the 3-1 success at Hull City on the opening day of the season.
Just as it was in Yorkshire on that Monday evening in August, the claret and blues found the net three times.
Keeping it clean
While the guys who got the goals will take the plaudits, we kept our second successive Championship clean sheet.
Just as he had done against Bolton the previous Friday, James Chester played his part in keeping out the Rams with a first-half goal-line clearance.
Nyland was also in fine form, with some impressive saves at key points in the game.
The claret and blues have a two-week break from action now due to the international break.
The next time we play, we welcome Birmingham City to Villa Park for the Second City Derby on November 25th.