Derby County beat third-tier Accrington Stanley 1-0 in the FA Cup fourth round on Saturday, as Frank Lampard‘s Rams are in the last 16 of the competition.
Martyn Waghorn’s late goal was enough to edge the second-tier side past a plucky Accrington outfit who had Daniel Barlaser sent off with just over 30 minutes to go.
Jayden Bogle was sent off late on for Derby and Billy Key went close from the resulting free kick, but Lampard’s men held on to reach the fifth round.
Accrington Stanley played well in the first half and had plenty of sights on goal without carving Derby open. Jordan Clark had their best chance, while at the other end Martin Waghorn couldn’t flick home after a great cross from Scott Malone.
Mason Mount limped off in the first half with a hamstring injury with Mason Bennett replacing him, as the Rams had to deal without one of their key players.
In the second half Waghorn again went close to getting on the end of Malone’s cross as Derby cranked through the gears.
Bennett whipped in a lovely cross from the left which missed everyone as Accrington dropped deeper and deeper as the game wore on.
The home side did have a great chance to take the lead as Barlaser jinxed free inside the box but his shot was brilliantly blocked by Derby’s defense.
Moments later Barlaser was shown a second yellow card for a late challenge on David Nugent, as Accrington were reduced to 10 men.
Despite going down to 10 men Key then flashed a shot inches wide and he put a header wide soon after as the home team rallied superbly.
But then Derby broke through late in the game as Waghorn finished after good work from American winger Duane Holmes.
A dramatic final few minutes then saw Bogle sent off for bringing down Paul Smyth who was clean through.
From the resulting free kick Kelle Roos saved Key’s low effort superbly as Accrington thought they had equalized in stoppage time.
The game finished 1-0 as the Rams went through to the last 16 despite not being at their best in testing conditions in Lancashire.