Full time: Derby County 3 Doncaster Rovers 0

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doncaster Rovers had the worst possible start at Pride Park when James Coppinger failed a fitness test on a calf injury.

His place in the side was taken by loan signing from Chelsea, Milan Lalkovic.

Manchester United loanee Reece Brown, who had come on as a late substitute in Tuesday’s 1-0 home defeat against Notts Forest, as he only joined the club three hours prior to kick-off, also started the game.

Derby took the lead against the run of play on six minutes - KILBANE powering an unstoppable header past keeper Woods from their first corner of the game.

It was the on-loan defender’s first goal for the Rams.

It was hardly the start that Rovers had wanted in view of the fact that they had only scored one goal in their three league games.

within 15 seconds of the second half Steven DAVIES headed home at the far post from a Ben Davies cross.

Derby had Rovers on the ropes now and were looking for the knockout blow.

Derby hammered another nail into Rovers’ coffin just past the hour with a superb strike from the edge of the area by Ben DAVIES.

For a full report, see the Green’Un.