John Terry emerged victorious from his touchline duel with Frank Lampard as Villa romped to a genuinely-earned win.
John McGinn, Tammy Abraham and Conor Hourihane comprehensively settled each the primary occasion and the sideshow at Delight Park.
Their late strikes supplied the primary factors on the street since Terry teamed up with Dean Smith – and so they got here on the expense of an in depth good friend.
Tammy Abrahms rejoices after scoring as Aston Villa overcome Derby 3-Zero at Delight Park
John Terry and Frank Lampard embrace earlier than their groups play every within the Championship
The previous Chelsea and England team-mates, collectively for 13 years at Stamford Bridge, had been separated by three objectives right here.
Derby boss Lampard noticed his facet blown away within the second half as Villa each outplayed and over-powered them.
The margin was a good greater shock than the end result after Derby’s spectacular current run. It was their first defeat in seven video games.
Villa had been massively spectacular, suggesting they may but be the stronger promotion challengers.
Conor Hourihane wheels away in delight after firing house a shocking free-kick late within the recreation
John McGinn added to the lead with one other superb strike to place the Villans in management
It was Villa boss Smith’s second managerial joust with Lampard – with totally different golf equipment.
His Brentford facet misplaced 3-1 at Delight Park seven weeks in the past as Derby got here from behind to win. This was candy revenge for that.
It was Derby’s first house loss since crashing 4-1 in Lampard’s introductory recreation.
Villa had proved weak on their travels each earlier than and after Smith’s appointment rather than Steve Bruce.
They arrived right here having misplaced each his first two away video games, against this with a 100% file at Villa Park.
Villa’s season wants a definitive turning level with the highest six nonetheless tantalisingly shut even from the decrease half of the desk.
The guests now transfer to inside 4 factors of Derby within the Championship desk with the win
This recreation marks the primary time John Terry and Frank Lampard have confronted one another as coaches
The hole to high-flying Derby is now right down to 4 factors.
Villa traded an in depth first half after failing with a transparent early likelihood. A poor clearance from County keeper Scott Carson noticed Albert Adomah tee up a free header for Jonathan Kodjia, who put it effectively over.
It was one other Adomah cross that supplied one other headed alternative. This time Abraham’s heading in the right direction effort was pushed round a submit.
In between Tom Lawrence fired simply over from 20 yards after Villa had been caught in enjoying out from the again – and it wanted an amazing retrieval deal with from Fikayo TimorI to verify Abraham.
Villa had a triple escape close to the break. Jack Marriott was denied level clean by Orjan Nyland, Wilson’s observe up was blocked by James Chester, showing initially to strike his arm, and the midfielder tried once more, forcing a save.
Cue a obtrusive miss from Marriott, lifting the ball over keeper and bar.
Villa had been no higher in that respect. A dominant begin to the second half was undermined by Abraham heading over and McGinn failing to show in on the close to submit after a hyperlink up between Jack Grealish and Kodjia.
That was amongst a sequence of misses with Kodjia probably the most responsible earlier than being substituted.
And it was the person who got here on, Yannick Bolasie, who lastly opened Derby’s creaking door. His cross from the left noticed McGinn bury a darting header.
Inside 4 minutes McGinn was the supplier for Abraham to faucet house close to the road – and Hourihane made certain, curling in a free-kick which may have been saved by a dejected Carson after he received a hand to the ball.
On the finish the identify being sung was not Terry’s – however “Dean Smith, he is one in all our personal,” from the robust Villa following in a 30,000 crowd.