Derby County secured back to back Championship victories with an impressive 4-1 thrashing of fellow high flyers West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns.
The Rams followed up their 2-1 win at home to Sheffield United, with an efficient display in the final third with goals from Jack Marriott, Tom Lawrence, Harry Wilson and Scott Malone giving Derby an unassailable 4-0 lead, before West Brom scored a late consolation goal through Jay Rodriguez.
Derby had already shown glimpses of their potential and improvement under Frank Lampard with wins over Brentford and Sheffield United, and especially the victory at Old Trafford against Manchester United in the Carabao Cup. However, The Rams have lacked consistency so far this season having won five, but lost four of their opening 12 games, and with just two wins in seven Championship matches, before the back to back wins over Sheffield United and West Brom.
Those wins though have demonstrated Lampard’s sides ability to beat teams around them, who were both in good form heading into the respective fixtures, with Sheffield United winning four in a row in the league before their loss at Derby and West Brom winning five home games in a row before being beaten by The Rams. If Derby can produce the level of performances on show in their last two games on a consistent basis, they will be amongst the promotion challengers come the end of the season.
The victory over West Brom lifted Derby up to 5th place in the table level on points with The Baggies in 4th and just two points off league leaders Leeds United. Lampard’s side will be looking to build on that as they continue their tricky run of fixtures with a visit to second placed Middlesbrough on Saturday, before a trip to Stamford Bridge to face Chelsea in the 4th Round of the Carabao Cup.
Following the win at West Brom Lampard speaking to BBC Sport stated his side still need to improve despite their emphatic victory, “We played well but I think we can play better. We could’ve been even more dangerous with our breaks and maybe scored more goals”
“Tom Huddlestone’s passing was spot-on but some of our passing at times wasn’t as good as I’d like it. But I’m happy we won comfortably and I’m not going to complain about winning 4-1 at West Brom.”
“Hopefully we can finish this week brilliantly, but we mustn’t relax, of course I’m delighted with the two wins, but Middlesbrough will be a tough game and we’ll have to be on it.”