Derby County beaten 2-0 in Boxing Day clash at Burnley
DERBY County were beaten 2-0 by Burnley in their Boxing Day encounter at Turf Moor.
Charlie Austin's deflected 39th-minute effort gave the Clarets a half-time lead.
Paul Coutts hit the woodwork for the Rams before defender Michael Duff headed a second for the home side in the 74th minute.
Boss Nigel Clough has made one change to his Derby side, with Mark O'Brien recalled in place of James O'Connor at centre-back.
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Burnley created a decent opening in the fourth minute, when Danny Ings threaded a pass in to Martin Paterson.
Paterson controlled well, only to see his low shot saved by the body of Adam Legzdins and bounce up and over the bar.
Dean Marney prodded wide after Kieran Trippier's speculative effort had deflected into his path but the flag was up for offside anyway.
In driving rain, the Rams were unable to seriously trouble Burnley in the opening period.
Coutts' long-range strike was deflected over in a rare foray forward for the visitors.
The hosts opened the scoring in fortuitous style in the 39th minute.
Trippier's cross from the right was deflected into the path of Austin, whose first-time shot was heading well wide until John Brayford inadvertently diverted the ball into the net.
O'Brien headed over from Michael Jacobs' free kick but that was a close as Derby got to levelling before the break.
Three minutes into the second half, Derby were caught upfield following a set piece and Austin's hook over the top released Ross Wallace but he could not keep his shot on target.
It needed a great tackle from O'Brien to deny Ings and, seconds later, former Derby keeper Lee Grant was out quickly to clear his lines after Jeff Hendrick had released Jacobs, who had been moved into a central position.
The Rams so nearly equalised just before the hour but Jacobs' low shot from 20 yards was parried by Grant before Coutts' slammed the rebound against a post from an angle.
Next, Bryson tested Grant with an effort that swerved late.
Nathan Tyson and Theo Robinson were brought on as Derby went on the attack - but they conceded a second in the 74th minute.
Duff sent a downward header goalwards from Wallace's left-wing corner and Robinson's attempted clearance took it over the line.
Burnley might have added a third in the closing stages, while Robinson turned Coutts' cross just wide in added time.
GOALS: Austin (39) 1-0; Duff (74) 2-0.
BURNLEY: Grant, Trippier, Shackell, Duff, Lafferty, Wallace, Marney, McCann, Paterson (Treacy, 63), Austin (Vokes, 69), Ings (Stock, 73). Other subs: Jensen (gk), Mills, Edgar, Bartley.
DERBY COUNTY: Legzdins, Brayford, Keogh, O'Brien (O'Connor, 83), Roberts, Coutts, Hughes, Hendrick, Bryson (Tyson, 65), Jacobs, Sammon. Other subs: Fielding (gk), Freeman, Doyle, Davies, Robinson.
REFEREE: A Haines (Tyne & Wear).
BOOKINGS: Burnley - Wallace (19) foul on Bryson; McCann (47) foul on Coutts; Treacy (82) unsporting behaviour; Grant (88) time-wasting. Rams - Robinson (80) foul on Duff.