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Derby hold off spirited Wolves fightback

Darrent Bent volleys in Derby's second goal

Darren Bent’s stunning volley doubled Derby’s early lead at Wolves

Tom Ince scored twice as Derby County held on to win despite a spirited comeback by managerless Wolves.

Ince pounced for Derby’s opening goal from close range before Darren Bent doubled the visitors’ lead with a stunning right-foot volley.

Wolves rallied after a dismal first half when Helder Costa pulled a goal back on the hour but Ince restored Derby’s two-goal lead with a penalty.

Dave Edwards headed in Wolves’ second but they were unable to force a draw.

Victory at Molineux enabled Derby climb into the top half of the Championship table, while Wolves look set to appoint former Norwich, Aston Villa and Blackburn manager Paul Lambert as successor to Walter Zenga.

Caretaker boss Rob Edwards witnessed a poor first half from the hosts, who were indebted to goalkeeper Andy Lonergan keeping Derby’s lead to just two goals at the break.

A much better second-half display saw an Ivan Cavaleiro shot cleared off the line by Richard Keogh before Costa’s goal.

But a debateable penalty was awarded to Derby when Cavaleiro was adjudged to have fouled Ince and the forward added his second goal of the game from the spot.

Wolves had a strong penalty shout of their own turned down moments later when Ince appeared to trip Cavaleiro in the opposite box and Edwards’ near-post header was not enough to rescue the game.

Wolves caretaker boss Rob Edwards: “There is a lot of quality here and it is about finding some consistency now.

“We all need to stick together and I am sure that when the new manager comes in and has a couple of weeks to work with the players, we can get a positive result.

“The second half was a real positive for us. That is how I love my team to perform, with that commitment and spirit and quality. At times it was all there.

“It was shame that we didn’t put that into the first half and being a couple of goals behind is a mountain to climb.”

Derby manager Steve McClaren: “It was a fantastic first half. We earned the right to play and played great football. That is the kind of football that we want to see.

“We should have scored more than two in the first half but it was good to see he progress that we have made in three weeks that they can play at that level.

“It is hard to maintain for 95 minutes and we knew that we needed a third goal but when it came we shot ourselves in the foot again.

“In the end it was frustrating, but you can’t fault the attitude and commitment. You have to build confidence and then belief comes.”

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Match ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, Derby County 3.

Second Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, Derby County 3.

Matej Vydra (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by David Edwards (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Attempt missed. Matej Vydra (Derby County) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Scott Carson following a set piece situation.

Cameron Borthwick-Jackson (Wolverhampton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Tom Ince (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Cameron Borthwick-Jackson (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Foul by Johnny Russell (Derby County).

Danny Batth (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution, Derby County. Craig Bryson replaces Will Hughes.

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Jed Wallace replaces Conor Coady.

Attempt missed. Matt Doherty (Wolverhampton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by George Saville following a corner.

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Richard Keogh.

Attempt saved. Bradley Johnson (Derby County) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jamie Hanson with a cross.

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Andy Lonergan.

Attempt saved. Matej Vydra (Derby County) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Will Hughes.

Scott Carson (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by David Edwards (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Attempt blocked. Ivan Cavaleiro (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Cameron Borthwick-Jackson.

Substitution, Derby County. Matej Vydra replaces Darren Bent.

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Dominic Iorfa.

Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, Derby County 3. David Edwards (Wolverhampton Wanderers) header from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ivan Cavaleiro with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Darren Bent.

Foul by Johnny Russell (Derby County).

Hélder Costa (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Conor Coady (Wolverhampton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card.

Matt Doherty (Wolverhampton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Johnny Russell (Derby County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Matt Doherty (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Derby County 3. Tom Ince (Derby County) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the bottom left corner.

David Edwards (Wolverhampton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card.

Penalty Derby County. Tom Ince draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Ivan Cavaleiro (Wolverhampton Wanderers) after a foul in the penalty area.

Foul by Max Lowe (Derby County).

Hélder Costa (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Johnny Russell (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by David Edwards (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Attempt saved. Tom Ince (Derby County) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Will Hughes.

Attempt saved. Tom Ince (Derby County) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Will Hughes.

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/37808791