Northampton Town were on the wrong end of a 4-0 scoreline as they lost heavily away at Derby County.

The Cobblers had arrived against a Derby team looking to respond from defeat at Stevenage in its previous game, but the visitors were unable to resist.

Two goals by Max Bird plus further strikes by Conor Washington and Nathaniel Mendez-Laing handed a four goal lead by the 50th minute mark, and the Rams were able to see things out.

Northampton’s loss was a fifth game in a row without a win, and ahead of League One’s hiatus for the FA Cup First Round this weekend, they are out of the relegation zone on the basis of goals scored, having scored two more than Carlisle United.

The hosts started brightly and having missed a few opportunities, they took the lead when Washington squared the ball for Bird to side-foot the ball past Lee Burge.

A second for the home side would come less than ten minutes later, as a pass from Craig Forsyth released Washington, who duly evaded Northampton defenders and scored.

Bird duly grabbed his second goal of the night just after the half-hour mark, as he received a through pass from Conor Hourihane to score.

The Cobblers made a triple change at half-time but would instead fall further behind within five minutes of the restart, when a swift break ended with Tom Barkhuizen’s low ball being rifled home by former Peterborough winger Mendez-Laing.

Burge would later deny Washington before Barkhuizen and James Collins also missed opportunities to make the Cobblers’ night worse.

A 4-0 defeat would end up being confirmed after a tough night for the away side where they struggled to trouble the Rams, with an FA Cup tie against Barrow coming next as they attempt to get back to winning ways.