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McClaren dedicates Derby win to the fans

Derby head coach Steve McClaren dedicated the club's biggest victory over Nottingham Forest for 116 years to Rams fans after they crushed their local rivals 5-0 at the iPro Stadium.

Midfielder Craig Bryson scored Derby's first hat-trick against Forest since Steve Bloomer in the 5-0 victory in 1898, with Jeff Hendrick and Johnny Russell completing a day of misery for the visitors. Derby had previously gone over six hours without scoring, but McClaren said: "We collect three points, but, for me, this is for the fans."

Forest assistant boss David Kelly said: "It was a disappointing catalogue of goals we gave away but credit where credit is due – they took their opportunities and were very clinical."

Leicester assistant manager Craig Shakespeare was satisfied despite the Championship leaders being held 1-1 by Blackburn, Jamie Vardy's goal cancelled out by Matt Kilgallon.

"As you get to the business end of the season, we have to see it as a point gained," he said.

The Foxes lead the division by five points from Burnley, who won 3-0 at Charlton, and have a 15-point cushion over third-placed Derby.

QPR scored twice in stoppage time to beat Middlesbrough 3-1 – the first gifted to Bobby Zamora when a freak bounce deceived home goalkeeper Dimi Konstantopoulos.

"It seemed both teams had accepted a draw. I really don't know where those two goals came from," Bond said.

"It was an amazing bobble, to be fair to the keeper, and it was a real gift for us."

Wigan and Reading complete the play-off places after 2-1 wins over Watford and Birmingham, respectively.

At the other end of the table, Blackpool recorded only their second win in 21 games through a single goal from Ricardo Fuller against Huddersfield Town.

Chris Brown's tap-in saw Doncaster complete a double over Sheffield Wednesday to ease their relegation fears, but Millwall slipped into the bottom three after defeat by Leeds, leaving boss Ian Holloway demanding a response against fellow strugglers Birmingham tomorrow. "I've never had such a vital game in my life," he said. "We need to drag Birmingham back with us."

Yeovil, second from bottom, were denied victory after Bolton came from 2-0 down to draw 2-2, while rock-bottom Barnsley were beaten 1-0 by a stoppage-time goal from Bournemouth's Steve Cook.


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