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Brereton Diaz's brace is enough for Rovers to beat Derby

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Derby County 1

Davies 89

Blackburn Rovers 2

Brereton Diaz 8, 20

Ben Brereton Diaz scored twice in the first 20 minutes to give Blackburn Rovers the points at Pride Park on Saturday.

The result was the Rams' first defeat in six games and sees them remain bottom of the table thanks to their earlier points deduction and they stay three points behind Barnsley above them.

Sam Gallagher headed into the side netting early on for Rovers before Brereton Diaz got the opener, his scrambled effort needing the goalline technology to confirm it had crossed the line but confirm the goal it did.

Curtis Davies (far left) heads home Derby's goal late on. Photo: Derby County FC

His second arrived 12 minutes later, firing past Kelle Roos after being found by Tyrhys Dolan.

Brereton Diaz nearly had a hat-trick a few minutes later only to scuff his shot at Roos, before Gallagher had a shot parried just before the break as the Rams struggled to get a foothold, Dolan off target with the rebound.

The Rams battled back well in the second-half, Ravel Morrison's free-kick well saved by keeper Thomas Kaminski, then a similar effort from Max Bird was too high.

The chances would still come for Derby, Tom Lawrence shooting narrowly wide with 15 to go, before Davies did pull one back with a minute left as his header from a free-kick found the net.

Colin Kazim-Richards very nearly nicked a point as he struck a post in stoppage time and then put the rebound wide, that Derby's last chance to earn themselves a draw.