It was Liam Delap who stole the headlines, as the City striker netted a hat-trick before being sent off with 10 minutes left on the clock.
City's other goal came through Taylor Harwood-Bellis, as a dominant display saw us begin the New Year in style.
Enzo Maresca's side got off to the perfect start as Delap opened the scoring inside 10 minutes. A trademark Tommy Doyle corner found the City number-nine, and he made no mistake as he thumped a header home for his fifth goal in as many games.
Despite this, City did not dwell on the penalty miss as we continued the hunt for a second.
Into the second half and Doyle once again proved a danger from dead-ball situations as he set-up City's second.
A curling free-kick from the set-piece specialist was met by Harwood-Bellis, and the centre-back headed in to double our lead with 30 minutes left on the clock.
As the game entered the final 15 minutes, we added a third as Delap broke into the Derby box, before slotting under the keeper for his second of the evening.
Two minutes later Delap completed his hat-trick, as a loose ball fell to the feet of the centre forward who then tapped in from close range to cap off another impressive display in front of goal.
However, the striker's eventful evening then saw him given a red card just moments after completing his treble for a late challenge on the halfway line.
how we lined up
Liam Delap lead the line up-front.
WHAT IT MEANS
The victory moves City into second in the Premier League 2 table, just one point behind league leaders, Chelsea.
Enzo Maresca's side return to Premier League 2 action next Monday, 25 January as we host Blackburn Rovers at the Academy Stadium at 19:00 (UK).
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