DERBY RAMMED BY ELLINGTON - TOWN PROGRESS
By Patrick Goss
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Ellington was the star of the show as Derby succumbed in front of a livid Pride Park to a scintillating performance from a club 68 places below them in the league structure.
With just 13 minutes on the clock, Rovers opened the scoring when Ellington jumped highest to meet a Scott Howie cross and head past Mart Poom in the Derby goal.
The Rams desperately sought an equaliser but were frustrated in their efforts by a mixture of luck and stalwart defending - before Ellington gave his side breathing space with a strike five minutes before half-time.
The talented marksman was given time to line-up a shot from the left-hand side of the penalty area and finished with aplomb across Poom.
If Derby thought their humiliation was coming to a close, they were proven wrong when Ellington secured the result and his hat-trick with a brilliantly taken volley that crept into the bottom corner.
Fabrizio Ravanelli did finally bag a goal for the home side, in the 88th minute - heading home a Benito Carbone cross.
Cheltenham Town also progress through to the next round, after producing a minor shock against Division Two side Oldham Athletic.
Journeyman striker Tony Naylor was the hero for Town, opening the scoring in the 24th minute after good work from Julian Alsop.
Former Burnley winger David Eyres continued a rich run of scoring form with a leveller just before the half-time break, but a headed goal for Naylor earned the possibility of a lucrative tie against a Premiership big-gun in the fourth round.