Derby County 5-0 Torquay United: Rams advance to FA Cup second round after big replay win

Derby County advanced to the FA Cup second round by beating National League contenders Torquay United 5-0 in their replay at Pride Park.

After starting brilliantly, Torquay fell behind when Mark Ellis headed a cross past his own goalkeeper and Will Osula fired in a second shortly after.

The Gulls had good chances before Derby hit them on the break for their third through Liam Thompson seven minutes before half-time.

Lewis Dobbin’s thunderous volley into the top corner made it 4-0 before David McGoldrick added the Rams’ fifth from 10 yards out.

Derby will now travel to League Two side Newport County on November 27.

After drawing 2-2 in their first FA Cup first round tie in 38 years at Plainmoor, Derby were determined not to be the biggest name to emerge, especially after hold Liverpool to a goalless draw at Anfield in the Carabao Cup last week before losing on penalties.

But Paul Warne’s side need not have worried despite Torquay’s brilliant start, as experienced defender Ellis gave them the opener by catching Haydon Roberts’ cross from the left wing.

It was 2-0 shortly after, as Osula’s first low shot from the edge of the box found the bottom corner after a McGoldrick lay-off following Max Bird’s fine forward pass.

They could have been three ahead soon after as Dobbin saw a shot saved by Mark Halstead after clearing, while Louis Sibley had an effort from inside the box blocked by Ellis.

The Gulls – who are in the fifth tier relegation places – had their moments during a 10-minute period midway through half-time as Lucas Ness’ floating header was cleared off the line and Asa Hall had a shot blocked.

Rams keeper Joe Wildsmith had to be at his best to save an effort from Will Goodwin before stifling Aaron Jarvis’ shot from the rebound and then hitting another Ness header from a corner.

Derby sucked any remaining belief from the National League strugglers as they slammed them on the break for their third goal – Osula’s excellent pass found Thompson on the right side of the penalty area and the young midfielder pitch cut on his left foot and shot low. Halstead.

The Rams continued to create chances after the break and were rewarded when Dobbin, on loan at Everton, reacted fastest to a clear corner and unleashed an unstoppable volley from the edge of the box that rattled into the top corner.

Veteran forward McGoldrick – who impressed all night – made it five as he controlled James Collins’ shot before pivoting and shooting low into the Gulls net.

Wildsmith saved Jarvis late as Derby negotiated 12 minutes of stoppage time caused mainly by an injury to the assistant referee early in the second half and difficulties connecting the fourth official to the radio equipment needed to restart the match.

Derby County boss Paul Warne told BBC Match of the Day:

“The older guys put them together, there were good bits of our game, frustrating bits of our game, but in the end it was just about passing, so I’m happy with that.

“We stretched it when we had to, I thought we had it too complicated, at one point we could have been six and then they could have scored three, so it was just a bit too open to my taste.

“I didn’t want it to be a basketball game, and when we were done I wanted us to take our chances more.

“But we had a few minutes with the younger guys, which we have to rely on, and overall I’m happy to have made it injury-free.”

Torquay United manager Gary Johnson told BBC Radio Devon:

“We had a few games like that unfortunately.

“We have to be a bit more clinical with our chances, I felt we had some decent opportunities today against a very athletic and quick side in Derby.

“Two or three of their goals, they caught us at the break when we had been attacking and hadn’t quite put the ball in the net, and they had really good pace and power when this transition.

“It’s an experience for our young guys, not many of them have played at this level before.”

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Derby

Training 4-1-4-1

  • 1Black-smith
  • 34Rooney
  • 19Pilot
  • 6CollectionReplaced bybardelat 76′minutes
  • 15RobertReplaced byForsythat 19′minutesReplaced byOduroat 71′minutes
  • 8BirdReplaced byBlack-smithat 70′minutes
  • 16Thompson
  • 18dobbinReplaced bycollinsat 70′minutesBooked at 82 mins
  • 17Sibley
  • 23Osula
  • tenMcGoldrick

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  • 4Hourihane
  • 9collins
  • 11Mendez-Laing
  • 12Black-smith
  • 21loach
  • 28Aghatise
  • 30Oduro
  • 35bardel

Torquay

Training 4-4-2

  • 1Halstead
  • 16Donnellan
  • 26NesBooked at 70 minutes
  • 35EllisReplaced byTomlinsonat 67′minutes
  • 2CroweReplaced byandrewat 82′minutes
  • 27DeSilvaReplaced byOmarat 75′minutes
  • 4LapslieBooked at 90 minutes
  • 8HallReplaced byMcGavinat 68′minutes
  • 12Wearne
  • 19GoodwinReplaced byHansenat 67′minutes
  • 9Jarvis

Substitutes

  • 5Omar
  • 6marshal
  • sevenHansen
  • tenandrew
  • 14McGavin
  • 21Moxey
  • 22Lovett
  • 23Tomlinson

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