Derby County 3-Zero Blackburn: Chris Martin baggage brace in Wayne Rooney’s absence to spice up Rams’ play-off hopes
- Wayne Rooney was dominated out earlier than kick-off to finish his run of 100 per cent begins
- His absence was initially unexplained as he was noticed at Delight Park on Sunday
- His substitute 18-year-old Louie Sibley scored a spectacular first aim
- Phillip Cocu’s aspect moved to inside 5 factors of the highest six after their 3-Zero win
Derby County didn’t want Wayne Rooney as they boosted their play-off hopes with one other spectacular show by teenager Louie Sibley on his full League debut.
Rooney was dominated out earlier than kick-off to finish his run of 100 per cent begins since making his Derby debut in January. However, whereas his absence was initially unexplained, the Rams captain was noticed at Delight Park.
But any issues about how that will have an effect on Derby had been quickly forgotten when 18-year-old Sibley scored a spectacular first aim for the membership as Phillip Cocu’s aspect moved to inside 5 factors of the highest six.
31-year-old Chris Martin scored twice, the second a late penalty as Derby beat Blackburn
On the different finish of the spectrum, 31-year-old Chris Martin scored twice, the second a late penalty, and it means he has had a hand in eight targets within the final seven video games – brining his personal aim tally to 5 throughout the identical spell.
Sibley had already made this mark in Rams colors with a person of the match show within the 3-Zero FA Cup defeat to Manchester United on Thursday.
Then, Sibley had performed alongside Rooney. However even with out the guiding hand of the Manchester United legend three days later, Derby’s Academy graduate confirmed he was able to being an affect in his personal proper in opposition to a Blackburn aspect who had been in search of a victory to take them into the highest six.
Rovers’ depressing day was compounded when substitute John Buckley, who had solely come on 18 minutes earlier, was despatched off in stoppage time for a foul problem on Derby defender Curtis Davies.
Wayne Rooney was dominated out earlier than kick-off to finish his run of 100 per cent begins since becoming a member of
Sibley’s aim was one which he’ll always remember as Martyn Waghorn set him up and the teenager delivered a left-foot drive that curled away from keeper Christian Walton earlier than discovering the highest nook.
And Sibley performed an element once more 4 minutes earlier than half-time when he fed Graeme Shinnie whose lengthy vary shot was solely pushed out by Walton into the trail of Chris Martin who nonetheless had some work to do earlier than changing from shut vary.
Sibley’s contribution highlighted the progress being made by Derby’s younger gamers.
However the skilled Waghorn, who additionally had a primary half penalty enchantment turned down, was a relentless risk. And he regarded to have made it three simply earlier than the break when he took the ball round Walton and slid a shot goalwards, solely to see it hit the within of the submit and bounce out.
Derby County’s Louie Sibley (proper) celebrates scoring his aspect’s first aim of the sport
And, 4 minutes into the second half, Waghorn went shut once more as Walton needed to save his 20-yard free kick.
Derby not often regarded in any hazard and Martin’s 85th minute penalty sealed the sport after Jason Knight was introduced down by Rovers’ Elliott Bennett. Martin cooly smashed his spot-kick straight down the center.
As for Blackburn, they had been left to rue a ninth minute miss from the recalled striker Ben Brereton. He sliced over from eight yards and that earned him the ex-Metropolis Floor participant a chant of ‘Forest reject’.
Rovers had solely misplaced as soon as in 10 video games earlier than this, however they turned in a beneath par show and it was Derby who arrange the potential for a late cost for the play-offs.
Once more, they confirmed how comfy they’re enjoying at Delight Park the place they’ve misplaced simply twice in 19 video games in all competitions.