Apr 18, 2014 at 7.30pm UK at ​The Keepmoat Stadium
DoncasterDoncaster Rovers
DerbyDerby County

Quinn (64'), de Val (90')
FT(HT: 0-1)
Thorne (45'), Martin (79')
Bryson (19'), Martin (70')

Result: Derby County beat Doncaster Rovers to make Burnley wait for promotion

Derby County beat Doncaster Rovers 2-0 at the Keepmoat Stadium to put Burnley's celebrations on hold and keep their own slim hopes of automatic promotion alive.

Derby County put Burnley's celebrations on hold by beating Doncaster Rovers 2-0 at the Keepmoat Stadium tonight to keep their own hopes of promotion alive.

Burnley's 1-0 victory at Blackpool earlier this evening meant that the Rams had to win in Yorkshire to stand any chance of a top-two Championship finish.

George Thorne's first goal for the club put them ahead on the stroke of the break, and Chris Martin made sure of the points with his 19th of the season 11 minutes from time.

A slip from Lee Grant nearly gifted Donny an early advantage, but the Derby keeper recovered to prevent Richard Keogh's back-pass from going in, and then saved well from Chris Brown's 22nd-minute header.

Although Craig Bryson had a shot blocked, Steve McLaren's men struggled to create clear openings in the first period, but the division's most prolific away scorers still fashioned a half-time lead.

West Bromwich Albion loanee Thorne's measured shot, following a layoff from Will Hughes, into the bottom corner went beyond Sam Johnstone, who was otherwise very impressive in the home goal.

After the resumption of play, he kept out Bryson's powerful low shot to deny Derby a second and Thorne an assist, as it was his clever ball from the centre circle which had sent his captain through.

As the Rams became more dominant, Doncaster introduced Theo Robinson off the bench to increase their counter-attacking threat and the former Derby man almost equalised on 77 minutes.

He ran onto a chipped through-ball and looked to lift a shot over the outrushing Grant, who stretched out a hand to make a important block moments before his side doubled their lead.

It was Derby's own substitute, Jamie Ward, who had an impact on the scores as his cross to the back post was steered in smartly by Martin from six yards as Derby secured a third straight win.

They are now eight points behind Burnley with three games of the season remaining, while Doncaster sit three points above the drop zone ahead of their meeting with relegation rivals Millwall on Monday.

Manager of Derby County Steve McClaren looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Leeds United at Pride Park Stadium on October 05, 2013
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