As it happened: A second-half comeback sees Derby County emerge as victors against Wigan

As it happened: A second-half comeback sees Derby County emerge as victors against Wigan

Relive the live text commentary blog from Pride Park as Derby County run out 2-1 winners against Wigan Athletic thanks to goals from Mason Bennett and Scott Malone cancelling out Gavin Massey's opener.

Rajan Hothi
That's all from us!
That's all from us here at VAVEL UK as Derby run out 2-1 winners against Wigan. Why not catch the closing minutes of Ajax's upset against Real Madrid? I've been Rajan Hothi and thank you for joining me.
Well it wasn't a classy Derby performance but it's a good sign if you can win games ugly and this was a massive win in their promotion challenge. With that heavy defeat to Aston Villa making Rams fans fear for another March capitulation, this win has put those fears to bed. Wigan, on the other hand, will be gutted they couldn't get at least a point even though they could've easily snatched all three. Leon Clarke will be disappointed with his contribution as he missed a number of good chances in both halves for the visitors. 
90+5' Derby hold on for a massive win as they get their season back on track with a 2-1 win against Wigan - who now go five months since their last league away win. Considering their poor performance, that's a big three points for Frank Lampard and co. The Rams now level on points with sixth-placed Bristol City.
Five minutes for Derby to hold on
90' Five minutes added on here at Pride Park.
89' Bogle's delightful cross goes to the back-post but Waghorn's effort cannons off the post from a tight angle.
Final Derby change
88' David Nugent comes on for Harry Wilson as the hosts look to close out this game.
Derby haven't been that great at all but find themselves ahead
78' Derby certainly haven't had the best game and don't really deserve to be winning but in order to win promotion you have to win ugly sometimes. What a massive win this could be for the Rams.
GOAL! Derby County 2-1 Wigan Athletic (Malone)
78' Well he hasn't had the best of games but a bit of patient play from Derby sees Bogle's dragged shot go into the path of Scott Malone who taps home from close-range.
Another Wigan change
77' The lively Michael Jacobs comes off for Josh Windass.
74' Another miss from Leon Clarke who hasn't been able to divert any crosses into the back of the net tonight. This time his strike goes wide.
Nick Powell is on for the visitors
69' Gavin Massey makes way for Nick Powell.
67' Holmes' long-range strike is beaten away by Jones who takes no chances.
So close for the visitors
65' A mix up between Huddlestone and Holmes sees Jacobs get sent through but he steers his effort wide.
63' Home fans have come alive now as they roar their side on to take the lead.
GOAL! Derby County 1-1 Wigan Athletic (Bennett)
62' WHAT A GOAL. The ball isn't great from Malone but Mason Bennett hits it a flick over his head from inside the box and scores a beauty. He looks as surprised as everyone else. Game on.
Hosts are here for the taking
60' Wigan employing time-wasting tactics but in truth, they can grab a couple more here. Derby lacking confidence all over the pitch.
Derby changes
Mason Bennett and Duane Holmes on for Jack Marriott and Bradley Johnson.
Big chance for Wigan
50' Lovely team move sees the ball come in from the right-hand side into the path of Leon Clarke who is unmarked from five-yards out but he heads over. Clarke should've buried that.
49' Malone isn't having the greatest game of his career as his poor ball is claimed by Jamie Jones in goal.
Back underway
45' Derby finally kick us off for the second-half following their premature start . Can they turn this game around?
Second-half approaching
Two sides back out for the second-half.
Well Derby seem to stumbling at this point in the season again, and it's a big 45 minutes coming up for Frank Lampard and co. Home fans already getting restless and this will only get worse if the second-half performance is anything like the first.
45+3' Half-time whistle blows as Wigan go into the half-time interval 1-0 up against a Derby side struggling to create anything of note. However, Wigan haven't had to be that great themselves but they go into the break a goal to the good.
43' Byrne's cross is met by Jacobs but his header is straight down the throat of Carson.
39' Plenty of movement on the ball but it's very wide from the Liverpool loanee.
38' He hasn't done too much tonight but a free-kick has been awarded for the hosts and it is in Harry Wilson's range...
34' Frank Lampard needs to change something up because it really isn't working for his side at the moment. Still feeling the damage from that Villa game?
29' If the Rams fans were a little restless earlier, they're very restless now. Getting angered by Wigan's early time-wasting tactics.
Almost two!
28' Leon Clarke meets Morsy's cross and formers header just goes wide. Let off for the hosts.
GOAL! Derby County 0-1 Wigan Athletic (Massey)
24' From Derby's own corner, Wigan break and on a two-on-one counter, Jacobs sends through Massey who slots past Carson to put the visitors ahead. Carson made it very easy for Massey there.
22' Goooa... offside.  Tomori sends through Waghorn but the striker doesn't time his run well and his goal is chalked off for offside.
21' In saying that, home fans getting a little restless with their teams slow start.
20' Neither side have created anything of note but Derby are starting to apply more pressure.
13' Despite looking a tad shaky at the back, Derby have found space in behind the Wigan defence. 
9' Great corner from Wilson finds Johnson at the back post who forces a good stop out of Jones.
5' Almost an own-goal as Malone almost pops into his own goal from a ball into the box. Little nervy from Derby's back-line.
4' Harry Wilson has a chance to unleash on the edge of the box but his half-volley sails wide and over. 
3' First corner of the game goes to Wigan as the visitors look to take an early lead.
0' We're underway
Players in the tunnel
We're approaching kick-off as the players come out of the tunnel. 
WIgan team
Starting XI: Jones, Kipre, Dunkley, Fox, Byrne, Evans, James, Morsy, Massey, Clarke, Jacobs

Subs: ​​​​​​​Evans, Gibson, Windass, Naismith, Powell, Olsson, Garner

Derby team
Starting XI: Carson, Bogle, Tomori, Keogh, Malone, Johnson, Huddlestone, Wilson, Jozefzoon, Waghorn, Marriott

Subs: Roos, Wisdom, Bennett, Holmes, Cole, Nugent, Bird

That's all for now
That's all from me for now but do join us for the 19:45 kick off as Derby look to end their poor form against Wigan. See you then.
Head to Head
The two sides have played each other a total of 18 times with both sides winning seven times and playing out four stalemates. 

Derby haven't done the league double over the Latics, but did beat them twice in a season (2004/05) but one of the victories came in the FA Cup.

The Rams are unbeaten in their last four against Wigan, winning three and drawing one.

Lampard insists Villa performance wasn't due to the number of changes
Frank Lampard opted to make six changes for Derby's trip to Villa Park and it was a day to forget for his side as they were thrashed 4-0 by Villa.

However, Lampard insists that the mass number of changes wasn't the problem, instead it was the team as a whole.

Addressing the media in the pre-match press conference, Lampard revealed via Derbyshire Live: “I had to (make changes). We’ve got injuries across the board, Harry Wilson had been ill so he couldn’t start the game.

“It was nothing to do with changes. It was down to us not performing as a team.”

He also spoke about his sides poor form, stating: “It’s a challenge - but three losses and being three points away from the play-offs is no crisis.

“We have to have context, while knowing only we can affect it - to get the performances and results we want.”


Paul Cook aware of Derby challenge
Despite their recent poor form, Wigan boss Paul Cook knows just how dangerous Derby can be and he revealed that there's no good time to play them.

Speaking ahead of the clash, Cook stated via Wigan Today: “You look at the team Derby could put out...possibly (Martyn) Waghorn, (Jack) Marriott, (Harry) Wilson up front...I don’t think there’s a good time to face that lot!

“All we can do is focus on ourselves, and the work ethic I’m seeing from the players is very pleasing.

“Even in the Ipswich game the other week, we kept going, we were relentless in our pursuit of the equaliser."

He added: “Obviously we wanted the win – as we did against Middlesbrough on Saturday – but it’s another point on the board.

“You could end up drawing your way to safety, but it’s not what we want.

“We want to give our fans wins to cheer about.”

Reverse fixture
The reverse fixture at the DW Stadium saw Derby run out 1-0 winners. Things started off poorly for Wigan with Kal Naismith getting sent off just fifteen minutes in for being the last man and pulling down Harry Wilson. This left the hosts in the lurch against a promotion-chasing Derby side. However, it proved hard for Lampard's side to break down the hosts but a first-half Jack Mariott header was enough for the Rams to claim all three points in very rainy conditions. 
Wigan team news
Wigan's Nick Powell will be back in contention after an illness prevented him from playing last week but he may be forced to miss out again and this is their only real  injury worry.

Nathan Byrne and Cedric Kipre may keep their places in the starting XI following the draw against Middlesbrough.

Derby team news
The hosts may be given a boost with Harry Wilson possibly being fit enough to start tonight. The attacking midfielder only made the bench at Villa Park. David Nugent and Tom Huddlestone are both back in contention.

However, the Rams have quite the injury list with: Tom Lawrence, Mason Mount, Craig Bryson, Andy King, Marcus Olsson, Craig Forsyth and Curtis Davies all sidelined with injuries.

Following the 4-0 mauling at the hands of Aston Villa on Saturday, Derby County will be looking to steer themselves back into the top-six with a convincing win. Defeat to Villa saw Frank Lampard's side suffer four defeats in a row and they'll view tonight as the perfect chance to return to winning ways against a Wigan side that's only won once away in the Championship this season.

Wigan, on the other hand, haven't lost since mid-January and are unbeaten in their last five games - albeit four of these are draws. A respectable point at home to promotion-chasing Middlesbrough on Saturday sees Paul Cook's side sit in 19th spot - three points ahead of the relegation zone.

Hello and welcome to VAVEL UK's live text coverage of the Sky Bet Championship clash between Derby County and Wigan Athletic.

I'm Rajan Hothi and I'll be keeping you updated with the latest from Pride Park as the hosts look to bounce back against a relegation-threatened Wigan.

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