Derby 3 Arsenal 0

  • By: Martin Lipton, PA Sport Chief Soccer Writer
  • Last Updated: May 22 2012, 10:01 BST

Paulo Wanchope grabbed the Premiership spotlight again as Derby swept aside

Arsenal at Pride Park.

The Costa Rican celebrated his Carling player of the month award for October

with two second half goals before Dean Sturridge completed Arsenal's misery with

a late third.

It was a superb display from an injury-hit Derby side and gave Jim Smith the

perfect present to mark his 25 years as a manager.

Arsenal never looked like title challengers although it could have been a

different story if Ian Wright had put away a first half penalty.

But once Derby went in front, the Londoners were always chasing the game and

their last chance vanished when a David Platt volley was turned over by Mart

Poom 14 minutes from the end.

There was no sign of the way the game would go as Arsenal put aside the

absence of the suspended Dennis Bergkamp to control large parts of the first

half.

They dominated the midfield but failed to carve out a clear opening until Lee

Carsley brought down Patrick Vieira in the 30th minute.

There were no protests from the Derby players as referee Paul Alcock awarded a

penalty but although the normally lethal Wright sent Poom the wrong way, his

kick came back off the crossbar and Nicolas Anelka headed the rebound over the

bar.

Derby had few real openings until 59 seconds into the second half when

Wanchope scored another memorable goal.

He picked up a loose ball and set off on a 30-yard run before driving a right

foot shot which appeared to take David Seaman by surprise as it skidded just

inside his right hand post.

That was Wanchope's eighth goal in all competitions this season and he should

have had another when Francesco Baiano set him up in the 61st minute but he

dragged a shot wide with only Seaman to beat.

But Wanchope made no mistake in the 65th minute when Sturridge opened Arsenal

up with his pace on the left and delivered a low cross which Nigel Winterburn

made a complete hash of, as he tried to clear, and Wanchope lashed a right foot

shot low into the net.

Arsenal made a double substitution bringing on Christopher Wreh and Luis Boa

Morte but it was Derby who struck again after Poom had leapt to tip over a

fierce 18-yard volley from Platt.

Again it was the pace of Sturridge which unhinged the visitors after Matt

Carbon had launched a long ball into the Arsenal half. Baiano released Sturridge

who out-paced Petit before lifting the ball over the unprotected Seaman.

To add to Arsenal's woe on an afternoon they will want to forget, Steve Bould,

Winterburn and Boa Morte were all booked while Wanchope and Gary Rowett were

also shown yellow cards.

Teams

Derby: Poom, Rowett, C.Powell, D.Powell, Sturridge, Wanchope,

Laursen, Carbon, Carsley, Solis (Kozluk 46), Baiano.

Subs Not Used: Hoult, Trollope, Burton, Hunt.

Goals: Sturridge 82, Wanchope 46, 65.

Arsenal: Seaman, Dixon, Winterburn (Wreh 69), Vieira, Bould,

Adams, Platt, Wright, Anelka (Boa Morte 69), Parlour, Petit.

Subs Not Used: Manninger, Grimandi, Hughes.

Att: 30,004

Ref: P E Alcock (Redhill).