Full-time: Derby County beat Huddersfield 3-0 at Pride Park
DERBY County got back to winning ways at Pride Park Stadium with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Huddersfield Town.
Goals from Craig Bryson and Jamie Ward put the Rams in control at half-time and skipper Richard Keogh headed a third after 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.
Huddersfield started the second half brightly but Derby held firm, with Keogh producing a crucial tackle to deny Lee Novak.
Vaughan turned a cross from substitute Sean Scannell against a post but the flag was up for offside.
Having weathered the storm, Derby scored a third goal just before the hour.
Ward whipped in a free kick from the right and Keogh timed his run perfectly to glance a header down and wide of Smithies from eight yards.
Vaughan sent a volley whistling past the post from the edge of the box as the Terriers kept battling.
Sammon arguably deserved a goal for his efforts and might have got one in the 74th minute when he got the better of his man on the left following Jeff Hendrick's pass but Smithies pushed away his powerful angled drive.
Hendrick nearly capped off an impressive display by getting his name on the scoresheet but the midfielder fired narrowly wide from outside the box after being teed up by Coutts.
Huddersfield almost grabbed a consolation in the dying seconds but substitute Alan Lee scooped a shot over from close range after Scannell's shot had been deflected into his path.
GOALS: Bryson (24) 1-0; Ward (33) 2-0; Keogh (59) 3-0.
DERBY COUNTY: Legzdins, Brayford, Keogh, O'Brien, Roberts (Freeman, 87), Coutts, Hughes (Jacobs, 89), Hendrick, Bryson, Ward (Robinson, 82), Sammon. Other subs: Fielding (gk), O'Connor, Doyle, Davies.
HUDDERSFIELD TOWN: Smithies, Hunt, Gerrard, P Clarke (Wallace, 46), Woods, Norwood (Lee, 78), Arfield, Danns, Clayton, Novak (Scannell, 54), Vaughan. Other subs: Bennett (gk), Dixon, Gobern, Sinnott.
REFEREE: K Stroud (Hampshire).
ATTENDANCE: 21,561 (1,654 away fans).
BOOKINGS: Huddersfield - Woods (58) foul on Coutts. Derby - Brayford (63) foul on Scannell; O'Brien (90+1) foul on Scannell.