Steve McClaren’s side managed 19 shots on goal over the course of the match, but it wasn’t until former Rams goalkeeper Lee Camp was dismissed in the 67th-minute for a foul on Jamie Ward just outside the box that the home side would go on to capitalise on their chances.
Will Hughes finally managed to break the deadlock nine minutes from time when he fired in from 15-yards out after a one-two with Chris Martin, who then scored his seventh of the season deep into injury time after a well-placed cross from Johnny Russell.
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Hughes’s performance was particularly impressive on the night and McClaren was quick to single the 19-year-old midfielder out for praise following the match.
‘Will keeps the ball for us and his movement is good, he’s got energy and he can score and assist,’ the Derby boss told the club’s official website. ‘That’s what we need; we need more of that from him to develop as a player.
‘They were frustrating us, they were very compact, very defensive and they made it difficult,’ he continued. ‘It was just a case of being patient and hoping that, in the end, we got our rewards. It’s important to keep a clean sheet and we felt we could do that.
‘Whenever we achieve that, we have got a chance of winning the game because we’ve got players who can score goals. They were two very good goals to win it.’
Fans were also just as delighted to see Hughes net the deciding goal after a solid outing and, as the reaction shows, big things are expected from the England under-21 international going forward.
Everything went through Will Hughes tonight, absolute baller.— Michael Ydlibi (@Yidders) September 30, 2014
Another 3 points for Derby. Climbing the league. Patience paid off in the end. Will Hughes was outstanding again tonight, back to his best.— Drew Wheatley (@Drew_Wheatley) September 30, 2014
Will Hughes is fast turning into a top player. Class tonight. #dcfc— Declan Taggart (@DecTaggart_4) September 30, 2014
Watched Derby v Bournemouth tonight. Will Hughes is some player, absolutely ran the show. #dcfc— Zigzag (@Zigzag73) September 30, 2014
Will Hughes is an absolute genius, such a good player— AliceMae (@alicemaexox) September 30, 2014
Will Hughes masterclass— Tom McCoy (@tommccoy87) September 30, 2014
Will Hughes class act, great quality for the goal. They were difficult to break down, but our patience & quality won us the game. #dcfc— Mick Buxton (@mickeybuxton) September 30, 2014
Will Hughes though! Where the hell has he suddenly got all this strength from!?! Been quality these past 3, 4 games!! Great goal as well!— Woody (@WoodyDCFC) September 30, 2014