Derby County continued their promotion push with a solid victory over high-flying Hull City.

Martin Waghorn grabbed his third and fourth of the season in what was a routine win for Frank Lampard and co.

Now level on points with the two sides placed above them in the league (Bristol City and West Bromwich Albion), the Rams will look to tighten their grip on the play-offs.

Here is how the Derby players rated following their comfortable home performance against the Tigers.

Derby County 2 – 0 Hull City – Rams ratings

Kelle Roos: Other than pushing clear a Jarrod Bowen attempt, the ‘keeper and his net was kept well protected. 6

Jayden Bogle: A brilliant assist by Bogle for the second, nutmegging Kingsley before picking out Waghorn with ease. Continued bombing forward with relentless energy. 7

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Fikayo Tomori: A youthful exuberance exerted from the defender, the results often unpredictable. Missed judged the flight of the ball on several occasions and saw heaps of possession with varied success. Fluffed a free header at the opposite end of the field. 6

Richard Keogh: Complemented Tomori’s changeable nature by simplifying his role; old school defending, old school captain. 6

Scott Malone: Provided genuine width to an often-narrow Derby side. Not so much the ‘Flying Scotsman’, a valuable asset none the less. 6

Craig Bryson: Typical workhorse performance from the 32-year-old he showed no signs of tiring. 6

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Tom Huddlestone: Derby’s dictator, Huddlestone took the game at leisurely stroll whilst rarely misjudging a pass. 7

Duane Holmes: After showing naïvety in nearly gifting a Hull goal, Holmes became the bright spark for Derby as his confidence grew. Demonstrated terrific vision to assist the opener. Deserved his standing ovation after coming off. 7

Harry Wilson: Could not bring his Welsh wand of a left foot into the fixture, as two trademark freekicks cannoned into the wall. 5

Martin Waghorn: Began the day with his back mainly to goal. Scored Derby’s opener with an extremely neat finish back across Marshall for his first since the 22nd December. His second taken with similar strength and accuracy into the bottom corner. 8

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Florian Jozefzoon: By far his least memorable birthday, largely drifted for an hour without any impact. 5

Substitutes:

Mason Bennett: Additional dynamism to Derby’s attack which tired the Tigers even further. 6

Andy King: Brought from the bench for his experience to sure up the three points. 6

Ashley Cole: More for the Rams fans to marvel at rather than to impact the result. 4

By Nathaniel Kay from Pride Park


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