Richard Cresswell's first goal of the season clinched Sheffield United a 1-0 npower Championship win and sent Derby spinning to their third defeat in five matches.
Blades striker Cresswell converted Jean Calve's cross from close range in the 15th minute and the only surprise at Pride Park was that the visitors failed to add further goals in a game they dominated.
Ched Evans, Cresswell and Nick Montgomery all spurned chances to add to Derby's woes, while Nigel Clough's side had only two notable efforts on goal, both from Kris Commons in the second period.
United, unchanged after clinching their first win of the season under manager Gary Speed against Preston two weeks ago, began full of confidence and went close through Evans before taking a 15th-minute lead.
French defender Calve, whose long-range winner on his debut stunned Preston, wasted little time in making another telling contribution, sweeping over a cross from the right into the path of Cresswell, who made no mistake from six yards.
Derby had plenty of first-half possession, but the Blades carved out by far the better chances.
Evans' low left-footed shot was parried by Derby goalkeeper Stephen Bywater and summer signing Johnny Ertl pulled his effort wide moments later.
Commons had Derby's first effort on goal 80 seconds after the restart, but his angled drive was blocked by Blades midfielder Montgomery.
Evans continued to make a nuisance of himself, firing wide and testing Bywater with another angled shot, either side of Derby manager Clough's decision to send on new signing Alberto Bueno in place of Robbie Savage to help ease the burden on Cywka.
Ward was off target with another shot as Derby failed to lift themselves for a rousing finale and it was Cresswell who went closest to adding to the scoresheet in the five minutes of time added on when he rifled a 20-yard effort over the crossbar.
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