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Rovers have beaten Derby at Pride Park and put their name in the hat for the 5th round draw of the FA Cup. It is Rovers' first win under new boss Michael Appleton and the manager will be pleased that the team continues to look increasingly organised and professional. The 3-0 victory came on the back of a very good second-half performance as Kazim-Richards, Scott Dann and Jordan Rhodes picked up the goals.

Both sides were poor in the first half and neither side was able to take control of the match or put together any sort of fluent attacking moves. Rovers were forced into a change when Joshua King picked up an injury, with the Norwegian appearing to have a problem with the same hamstring that kept him out for several matches. It looked as though the half would end goalless, but a defensive error from Derby allowed Kazim-Richards to race in behind and the Turkish international finished nicely to put Rovers in front.

The second half continued in much the same vein, but 20 minutes into the second half Rovers doubled their lead. The opener had relied on a defensive error from Derby, but the second came from a touch of class. Murphy picked out Scott Dann and the defender surprised everyone, no doubt including himself, by producing a fine volley. Rovers were suddenly totally in control and they put the result beyond doubt when Markus Olsson beat a man before slipping the ball through to Jordan Rhodes and the forward finished neatly from 10 yards out to score for the fourth game in a row.

Derby were rocked by the quick-fire double and never got back into the game, allowing Rovers to comfortably see out the remaining 20 minutes of the match. The round saw a few surprising results and there are still several non-Premier League sides left in the draw, so Rovers can be hopeful that they might receive a favourable tie in the next round.

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