- English Football League - Championship
- Saturday, April 27th 2019
- Ashton Gate
James Crawley reports from Ashton Gate
Report: Bristol City 0-2 Derby County
Saturday, April 27th 2019
Ten-men Bristol City were beaten at Ashton Gate with a goal in each half enough to seal a 2-0 Derby County win.
Their lead came rather fortuitously as Tom Lawrence’s low shot needed a deflection to beat the returning Niki Mäenpää.
City powered forward at every opportunity but faced a tougher challenge when Antoine Semenyo was red carded for foul on Tom Huddlestone.
Not for the first time this season, only the woodwork came to the opposition’s aid – Andreas Weimann denied a goal against his former employers – before Jayden Bogle finished off a swift move.
Mäenpää returned from injury to guard the City goal, one of three changes to Lee Johnson’s side along with Nathan Baker and Jamie Paterson. The pair were restored to the starting XI with Bailey Wright and Niclas Eliasson moved to the bench.
The 25,500-strong crowd were in fine voice in BS3, as they set a new 21,000 attendance season average, the highest at Ashton Gate in 40 years.
Both sides looked comfortable in a cat and mouse start to the game, with the final ball needing better service if either were to break the deadlock.
Adam Webster, playing further forward than his usual position in the earlier moments, tried a long-range effort which never really troubled Kelle Roos in the Rams goal.
City were enjoying possession on home turf but on 18 minutes found themselves a goal down. The creative Mason Mount was the architect, showing his skills to turn Baker before he squared the pass to Lawrence whose deflected effort found the bottom left corner.
Derby had little to sniff as City rallied. Paterson looked to be City’s spark at the other end, forcing Roos into two low saves, before Semenyo, on to replace the injured Nathan Baker just after the hour-hour mark, also saw a shot saved.
Paterson was in the mood and took three Derby players out of the game as he cut inside from the left-wing. His shot deflected to Weimann on the far side, who cut the ball into Jack Hunt’s path but the right-back’s cross-shot sailed wide.
Next would be Josh Brownhill to set himself a drive at goal, twice before the half-time whistle in fact, but Roos refused to be beaten on both accounts.
The Robins picked up where they left off with Derby on the backfoot immediately. And Paterson was again in the thick of the action as he weaved in and out before forcing a parried save from Roos. Brownhill looked to follow up with a shot which the Rams barely cleared, before the midfielder tried his luck a second time with a strike which deflected for a corner.
Suddenly the game was open and the Rams found themselves in behind the City defence for the first time in the game, only for Mäenpää on his return to block Bradley Johnson’s shot when one-on-one. City raced up the other end, courtesy of Paterson’s sweeping through ball to Weimann, but the Austrian fired over the top with a curling effort.
But for all their hard work going forward, City’s cause was made more difficult when Semenyo was shown a straight red card. The young striker looked to get the Robins forward but when he lost the ball was judged to have fouled Huddlestone. He was dismissed by referee Darren Bond but received a standing ovation from the home support.
The crowd were roaring the players on as Johnson’s men fought for an equaliser and it almost arrived with chances in quick succession. The first saw Roos turn behind Weimann’s disguised cross and both a goalline clearance and the woodwork came to Derby’s rescue. It was Webster with a headed effort as he rose to meet Jay Dasilva’s corner only for Martyn Waghorn to clear from in front of the Rams goal, before Weimann’s attempt to convert another Dasilva corner rattled the crossbar.
Waghorn was soon back up the other end and played in Mason Mount who had only Mäenpää to beat but shot wide, before Frank Lampard’s side did double their lead.
It was substitute Mason Bennett who this time exposed the City defence as the Robins pushed up the pitch and his pass found Bogle who fired the ball into the net.
Eliasson and Kasey Palmer replaced Paterson and Weimann, respectively, as City continued to look for a way to break the Rams defence but the Rams were on the hunt for more goals themselves. They thought they had a third too, only a raised flag to indicate offside on the far side cancelled out Lawrence’s strike.
Just minutes later Bennett saw the ball in the back of the net, as he tucked the ball past Mäenpää, only to see the flag raise for offside once more, as the rain lashed down at the Gate.
The final whistle brought City’s final scheduled home game of the season to a close, as they now prepare to hit the road for trips to Millwall and Hull City over the next week.
- Nathan Baker, Jamie Paterson, Andreas Weimann
- Lawrence (18') , Bogle (77')
- Fikayo Tomori, Harry Wilson, Martyn Waghorn