06:00 Monday 09 December 2013

Steve McClaren takes delight in Derby County's five-star display


SUPERB . . . Chris Martin and Simon Dawkins celebrate during Derby County's 5-1 victory over Blackpool SUPERB . . . Chris Martin and Simon Dawkins celebrate during Derby County's 5-1 victory over Blackpool

FIVE second-half goals without reply left head coach Steve McClaren full of praise for his Derby County team after the thumping victory over Blackpool.

McClaren felt the outcome was fully deserved in what was the first match at the newly-named iPro Stadium.

Chris Martin scored his first league hat-trick to take his tally to 13 goals for the season. Craig Bryson and skipper Richard Keogh also netted.

Victory keeps the Rams fourth in the Championship and stretched their run of consecutive league wins to five, a feat last achieved almost seven years ago in the 2006-07 promotion campaign.

Isaiah Osbourne’s third-minute header had the Rams trailing at the break after dominating for much of the first half.

“I thought it was going to be one of those days,” said McClaren. “I thought we played some good football in the first half, I thought we opened them up.

“We had three or four opportunities and we said at half time – in fact, we said before the game – this would be won over 90 minutes.

“You just have to keep going. We have a fit bunch of lads, and we saw that.”

“We just upped the tempo a bit. We wanted them to hunt the ball quicker, to win the ball back quicker.

“The main thing was that at 1-0 down we kept our composure, stayed patient and kept playing our football.

“We got a bit of a break on some occasions, with some decisions, but I think overall we deserved that and we deserved to win.

“It was a great second-half performance.”

One of the ‘breaks’ came in the opening minute of the second half when Blackpool defender Jack Robinson was adjudged to have brought down Martin.

The decision looked harsh and Martin equalised from the spot.

“I’ve seen it again, and if I was (Blackpool manager) Paul Ince I would say it was a harsh decision,” said McClaren.

Martin’s goal sparked a surge of three in 11 minutes.

The striker scored again and Bryson found the net to make it 3-1 before the Rams were awarded a second penalty in the 68th minute.

Chris Basham was sent off for a foul on Simon Dawkins and Martin stepped up to convert again and complete his hat trick.

Blackpool found themselves reduced to nine men when substitute Angel Martinez was dismissed three minutes from time after collecting a second yellow card.

Keogh completed the scoring in stoppage time.

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