& TONIC

Daily Star Sunday - - RESULT! - By Arindam Rej

Car­son; Bogle, Keogh, To­mori, Forsyth (Nu­gent 79th); Wil­son, Hud­dle­stone, Holmes (Malone 70th); Ben­nett (Joze­f­zoon 51st), Mar­riott, Lawrence

Ny­land; Hut­ton, Tuanzebe, Ch­ester, Taylor (El­mo­hamady 46th); Adomah, McGinn, Houri­hane, Kod­jia (Bo­lasie 70th); Gre­al­ish; Abra­ham (Ho­gan 80th)

FRANK LAM­PARD ad­mit­ted his Derby side suf­fered a “wake-up call” af­ter los­ing his bat­tle with John Terry in dis­mal style.

Lam­pard looked sick as a dog as his for­mer Chelsea and Eng­land team-mate Terry – the Villa as­sis­tant man­ager – cel­e­brated a sec­ond-half maul­ing.

The vis­i­tors were ram­pant in a 10-minute pur­ple patch as they smashed in three goals from the 74th minute on­wards.

John McGinn, Tammy Abra­ham and Conor Houri­hane scored the goals that de­stroyed Derby’s six-match un­beaten league run.

Lam­pard said: “I haven’t spo­ken to John yet but I am go­ing to. We’ve had a great month. This was a wake-up call. It’s a good test of char­ac­ter for us now.

“It’s the only time so far that I can say we’ve been out­worked and out­played.

“Villa had the chances to win by more. If you’re not at it, that’s what you get.”

Pride Park had at­tracted its big­gest gate of the sea­son – with 30,400 rammed in – but the home fans were badly let down.

Villa, by con­trast, hit their best form since Dean Smith’s ar­rival as man­ager a month ago.

He said: “This match is a state­ment – I can judge them on th­ese stan­dards. I still don’t think they re­alise how good they can be. There’s still a lot more to come from us. There’s so much quality in the squad that we’ve got 12 on in­ter­na­tional duty.”

Derby have some quality, too, but this showed that they are still far from the fin­ished ar­ti­cle.

Lam­pard has had a dilemma over who to pick as cen­tre-backs – and he went for the youth of Fikayo To­mori ahead of Cur­tis Davies.

Al­though To­mori had a de­cent game, it did not save Derby from their sec­ond-half im­plo­sion.

Goal­keeper Scott Car­son had gifted Villa an early chance with a sloppy clear­ance straight to Albert Adomah.

The Villa for­ward fired in a cross for Jonathan Kod­jia, who headed over.

Car­son made amends for his ear­lier blun­der with an im­pres­sive save to deny a header from Abra­ham.

In-form Jack Mar­riott was twice de­nied by goal­keeper Or­jan Ny­land.

Villa had a goal dis­al­lowed in the 53rd minute as Abra­ham was judged off­side when he steered in McGinn’s de­liv­ery.

But they kept ham­mer­ing away and it seemed just a mat­ter of time un­til they scored – and McGinn was the man who fi­nally cracked the home team.

Yan­nick Bo­lasie came off the bench and made an in­stant im­pact by cross­ing for McGinn to head in.

It high­lighted that Bo­lasie was un­lucky to not be in the start­ing line-up.

Villa then killed off their op­po­nents within four min­utes of that goal.

McGinn was the sup­plier this time, tee­ing up a close-range fin­ish for Abra­ham.

And it got even worse for Lam­pard and his men when Conor Houri­hane struck with a 25-yard free-kick to wrap up his mis­er­able af­ter­noon. John McGinn J Brooks

■A VILLA THRILLER: John McGinn wheels away af­ter scor­ing DERBY: AS­TON VILLA: STAR MAN: REF: ■ROCK LIKE A HOURI­HANE: Conor wraps up Villa’s 3-0 tri­umph ■FRANK WORDS: Lam­pard says his side got a ‘wake-up call’

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.