Half-time: Craig Bryson and Jamie Ward on target as Derby County lead Huddersfield Town 2-0
DERBY County lead Huddersfield Town 2-0 at half-time in their Championship encounter at Pride Park Stadium.
Craig Bryson put the Rams ahead and Jamie Ward added a second before the break.
Derby boss Nigel Clough named an unchanged starting line-up, with Theo Robinson returning to the bench after illness in place of Mason Bennett.
Huddersfield, under the stewardship for former Rams player and coach Mark Lillis, were also unchanged.
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The Terriers team featured ex-Derby loanee James Vaughan up front.
Ward tested Alex Smithies with a 20-yard effort in the the third minute and the visiting keeper tipped over a dipping free kick from the same player shortly afterwards.
Vaughan curled a shot wide after Adam Clayton's pass has set him free on the counter attack, while Oliver Norwood flashed a free kick wide from distance.
Conor Sammon and Bryson were both narrowly off target after good link-up play from Ward.
But the Rams did open the scoring in the 24th minute.
John Brayford found Paul Coutts on the right and his inviting low cross was neatly converted by Bryson from close range.
Sammon wriggled his way in on goal five minutes later but was eventually crowded out by a combination of Smithies and Peter Clarke.
Derby doubled their lead after 33 minutes.
More good work from Sammon saw him find Gareth Roberts in space on the left and the full-back's cross was met first-time by Ward, who guided the ball high into the net from 10 yards.
The hosts were now well on top as they looked to press home their advantage, with Brayford firing over after marauding forward from right-back, but there were no more goals before the interval.