A capacity crowd and an immaculate playing surface greeted the two sides and thoughts of Christmas jumpers, turkey and re-runs of old sitcoms were a thing of the past as the hosts got things underway for the Boxing Day clash in the East Midlands.
Both sides were right at from the first whistle and in the opening exchanges Pool were denied an opener by the bar, Brett Ormerod was found wide on the left, he cut in, leaving the full back in his wake, the front man then cut in and smashed a finish beyond Bywater but could only watch on as his effort rebounded off the bar.
Pool edged the opening exchanges and Pool were almost handed an opener through Jake Buxton who turned a Brett Ormerod cross cum shot towards goal, unfortunately for Pool Bywater was able to adjust his postion and spare the former Mansfield man's blushes.
Brett Ormerod missed a fantastic opportunity on 13 minutes, Charlie Adam unlocked the Derby defence was a fantastic through ball, Ormerod raced forward and with only Bywater to beat the veteran striker fired just wide.
At the other end, Lee Croft should have buried a chance on 16 minutes, Stephen Pearson threaded a great ball to Paul Dickov who in turn found Croft, the former Manchester City man found himself through on goal, but with the goal at his mercy he was denied by the legs of Paul Rachubka who had raced off his line to narrow the angle.
Robbie Savage drilled one wide on 20 minutes after Pool only half cleared a Gary Teale cross from the left.
Midway through the half Jason Euell looped one over after some patient build up play involving Charlie Adam, Ben Burgess and Gary Taylor-Fletcher.
On 26 minutes Charlie Adam tried one of his trademark long range efforts, five yards inside his own half, the Scottish international spotted Bywater off his line and tried to lob the former Rochdale stopper, Bywater scrambled backwards colliding with the post in the process, but the ball dropped on to the roof f the net.
Stephen Bywater denied Brett Ormerod on 31 minutes, Gary Taylor-Fletcher split the Derby defence open with a great ball from the left wing, Ormerod shrugged off the attention of his man to fire a great shot towards goal, however, Bywater was equal to the strike and produced a fine save to his left.
Pool earned their first corner on 33 minutes following some strong hold up play from Ben Burgess, Charlie Adam trotted across but over hit the set play towards Ian Evatt and the ball drifted out for a goal kick.
Seven minutes before the break Pool were rewarded for their dominance when BRETT ORMEROD raced on to a great through ball from Charlie Adam, this time Ormerod from the tightest of angles fired beyond Bywater to send the travelling Tangerine Army into raptures.
Half Time Derby County 0 Blackpool 1
The opening exchanges of the second period were scrappy at best, however, Keith Southern forced Bywater to save with a left foot strike from the edge of the area as Pool looked to build on their excellent first half display.
Gary Taylor-Fletcher squirmed a finish wide on 57 minutes after a great ball from Brett Ormerod had once again opened the Derby defence.
The hosts made their first change of the afternoon on the hour when the surprisingly replaced Lee Croft with Lee Hendrie.
Moments after having an effort chalked off for offside Pool should have made it 2-0, Brett Ormerod unselfishly laid off to Ben Burgess whop found Taylor-Fletcher but Taylor-Fletcher was denied by Bywater who again saved well for the Rams.
Derby made their second change of the afternoon on 65 minutes when Rob Hulse replaced Paul Dickov.
Ten minutes later Derby made their final change of the afternoon when DJ Campbell replaced Chris Porter, whilst Alex Baptiste made way for Rob Edwards, Baptiste appeared to have been suffering a knock.
Eleven minutes from time Pool made it 2-0 when BRETT ORMEROD raced on to an exquisite through ball from Gary Taylor-Fletcher, Ormerod took a couple of touches before firing across the keeper and in to the bottom corner of the goal.
Pool's second goal prompted a chorus of boos and jeers and several chants of Jingle Bells from the Pool faithful.
With six minutes remaining Pool made a second change with Ishmel Demontagnac replacing the shattered Charlie Adam.
A minute later Dean Moxey was shown a second yellow for a foul on Brett Ormerod, Moxey was a tad fortunate only to see a yellow as Ormerod was through on goal with a hat trick beckoning.
With three minutes remaining the outstanding but shattered Ben Burgess made way for Hameur Bouazza.
Robbie Savage did curl a free kick straight at Rachubka in stoppage time but it was Pool who returned home with three points after a great performance.
POOL: Rachubka, Eardley, Evatt, Baptiste (Edwards 75), Crainey, Adam (Demontagnac 84), Southern, Euell, Taylor-Fletcher, Ormerod, Burgess (Bouazza 87)Subs Not Used: Halstead,Bangura, Nardiello, Bannan
DERBY: Bywater, Connolly, Buxton, McEveley, Moxey, Croft (Hendrie 60), Savage, Pearson, Teale, Dickov (Hulse 65), Porter (Campbell 75) Subs Not Used: Deeney, Addison, Livermore, Stoor,
Referee: Mr S W Mathieson (Cheshire)
Attendance: 30,313 (1,218 Away)