Derby County 4-0 Bolton Wanderers

  • April 13, 2019 | By Chris Mann
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Mason Mount scored his first hat-trick in English football, as Derby County registered a comfortable 4-0 victory over Bolton at Pride Park.

Mount, who is on loan with the Rams from Chelsea, hadn't scored more than once in a fixture all season - although he did strike a hat-trick whilst at Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem in May 2018.

Craig Bryson had earlier opened the scoring for County, who end the afternoon just two points shy of the top-six and a place in the end-of-season play-offs.

After questioning the mental state of a number of his players following Tuesday's defeat to Middlesbrough, Wanderers boss Phil Parkinson made four changes as Will Buckley, Callum Connolly, Andrew Taylor and Clayton Donaldson took the places of Craig Noone, Marc Wilson, Pawel Olkowski and Josh Magennis.

There were six minutes on the clock when the first chance of the game fell the way of the home side, with Mount seeing a shot deflect off David Wheater and just wide for a corner.

Wheater put his body on the line again several minutes later, with Harry Wilson this time the unfortunate player to see a goalbound attempt deflect behind, while Wanderers' first real moment of attacking intent was brought to an abrupt halt when Luca Connell was outmuscled by Fikayo Tomori.

The visitors registered their first shot on target midway through the half, when a left-sided cross from Taylor was headed towards goal by Donaldson, but Kelle Roos was in the right place to make a routine save.

Derby stepped up their intensity from that point on, with Martyn Waghorn and Tom Lawrence both seeing strikes held by Remi Matthews, shortly before Richard Keogh was twice denied - first by Matthews and then as a result of some outstanding defending from Mark Beevers.

The deadlock was broken eight minutes before the break, though, and it came with a sense of inevitability.

With the angle narrowing, Bryson fired a low shot across goal and got the better of Matthews, who could only turn to see the ball nestling in the bottom corner of his net.

Ashley Cole drilled wide as he looked to double the hosts' advantage before the break, while Mount volleyed just past the post from the edge of the box.

Then, in added time at the end of the first half, Derby made it 2-0 as Mount found himself on the end of a free-flowing move to slot home from 12 yards and put Frank Lampard's side in complete control going into the interval.

The Rams were on the attack within moments of the restart, with Wilson latching on to a pass from Waghorn and seeing a shot blocked, before putting his rebound narrowly wide of the target.

Mount came close to getting his second on 53 minutes, flashing a shot just past the post at the end of a move which had seen Jayden Bogle roll the ball back for Waghorn.

He did get his second just two minutes later, however, heading home from close range after a cross from Tom Lawrence had set up nicely inside the six-yard box.

Sammy Ameobi came close to pulling one back for Wanderers when he headed wide from a Connell free-kick just past the hour, moments before Matthews produced an outstanding double save to deny Waghorn and then the follow-up from Bryson.

Connell, who crossed from an earlier set-play, went for goal himself with 15 minutes to play, seeing a free-kick from 25 yards fly just over the crossbar.

The scoring wasn't over for the afternoon though as, with 82 minutes gone, Cole played Mount clean through on goal and he made no mistake in beating Matthews to make it 4-0.

Bolton would have the final chance when, in the third minute of added time, a burst forward from Mark Little ended with a cross towards Donaldson, whose turn and shot was pushed away by Roos.

Defeat for Wanderers leaves then nine points from safety with only four games left to play. That gap could be extended when Wigan Athletic host Norwich City on Sunday lunchtime, meaning Parkinson's side could see relegation confirmed when they face Aston Villa on Good Friday.

Derby County: Roos, Bogle, Keogh, Tomori, Cole, Bryson (Bird 70), Johnson, Mount, Wilson (Jozefzoon 83), Waghorn (Marriott 76), Lawrence
Subs Not Used: Carson, Wisdom, Bennett, Huddlestone
Booked: Johnson
Goals: Bryson 37, Mount 45+1,55,82

Bolton Wanderers: Matthews, Taylor, Beevers, Wheater, Connolly, Buckley (Little 60), J Williams, Connell, O'Neil, Ameobi (Noone 72), Donaldson
Subs Not Used: Alnwick, Oztumer, Wilson, Magennis, Pritchard
Booked: Ameobi

Referee: Andy Davies
Attendance: 26,602

Sky Bet League One Standings

Pos Team Pld Pts
1 Accrington Stanley 0 0
2 Barnsley 0 0
3 Bolton Wanderers 0 0
4 Bristol Rovers 0 0
5 Burton Albion 0 0
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