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’