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James Crawley writes

Posted Wednesday, February 12th 2020

Preview: Derby County (H)

City are looking to bounce back for the visit of Derby County under the Ashton Gate lights on Wednesday (February 12th, 7.45pm KO).

Birmingham City ran out winners on Friday night to end City's four-game winning run in the league but they know a win against the Rams can take them back into the play-offs.

They were victorious at Pride Park when Andreas Weimann and Josh Brownhill fired City to the 2-1 win back in August, though it has been Derby's home form which has been something to celebrate for manager Phillip Cocu.

They sit around the midtable mark and, with the Championship as tight as it is, were just six points off the play-offs following Saturday's 3-2 win over Swansea.

But on the road it has been a struggle for the Rams, who have finished in the play-offs four times in the last five seasons. They have won just twice away in the league all season, their latest being the win in South Wales.

But Derby, bolstered by the impact of the vastly experienced player/coach Wayne Rooney, are in form with three victories in a row in both league and Emirates FA Cup.

Secure your seat

MATCH DETAILS

  • Date: Wednesday, February 12th 2020
  • Kick-off: 7.45pm
  • Competition: Sky Bet Championship
  • Where: Ashton Gate Stadium
  • Officials: Geoff Eltringham (referee), Timothy Wood and Rob Smith (assistants), Sam Purkiss (fourth official)

HEAD TO HEAD

Bristol City v Derby:
W: 19 (26%)
D: 18
L: 37

 

FORM - Last five games:
Bristol City: L*WWWL (*FA Cup)
Derby: D*LWW*W (*FA Cup)

Club news

Word from the camp

Assistant Head Coach Dean Holden wants City to "come out firing" against Derby County, which is believes is another tough test but one the squad "are ready for."

Striker Nahki Wells says he feels "at home" two weeks after his transfer deadline day move to City and reflects on making his first home appearance last week.

Memorable match

Derby County 3-4 Bristol City
Sunday, September 6th 1992
Barclays League Division One
The Baseball Ground
Scorers: Scott 36 (p), Bent 75, Comwyn (OG, ), Allison.
Att: 12,738

City continued their unbeaten start in the league under Denis Smith, stretching their run to four games with this televised goal fest away to Derby County.

The Robins had to fight from behind after two goals from Paul Simpson gave the Rams an early lead.

However, the visitors struck back through left-back Martin Scott and winger Junior Bent, to peg the scores to 2-2 with 15 minutes remaining.

An Andy Comyn own goal then put City in front for the first time before Simpson raced up the other end to complete his hat-trick as the goal frenzy continued at the Baseball Ground.

But there was still time for Wayne Allison to leave his mark with a match-winning header from Jacki Dziekanowski’s cross two minutes from the end, as both teams provided the audience with an afternoon of entertainment.

Bristol City XI: Welch, Mitchell, Scott, Thompson, Bryant, Osman, Mellon, Harrison, Dziekanowski, Allison, Shelton.

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