Paul Warne hailed Derby’s second-half display as “one of the best” of his managerial career after they trounced Morecambe 5-0 at Pride Park. Derby’s head coach saw his team extend their unbeaten league run to 15 games with David McGoldrick scoring his third hat-trick of the season.
But for much of the first half there was no sign of what was to come as Morecambe frustrated their hosts until McGoldrick fired home on the stroke of half-time. The veteran striker then scored twice in the first five minutes of the second half to complete his treble before James Collins and Jason Knight sealed the rout, which would have been even greater but for visiting goalkeeper Connor Ripley.
Meanwhile, Mark Kennedy praised an “outstanding performance” from his Lincoln side as they overcame relegation-threatened Accrington 3-0. It was their first league win of 2023 – the Imps last won a league game on November 19 – and the game turned their way in three second-half minutes.
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