- English Football League - Championship
- Saturday, November 21st 2020
- Ashton Gate
James Crawley reports from Ashton Gate
Report: Bristol City 1-0 Derby County (20/21)
Saturday, November 21st 2020
Famara Diédhiou came off the bench to score his first goal of the season as City put their Covid-hit preparations behind them to pile more misery on bottom-of-the-table Derby County.
Bar a near-error from David Marshall, City’s chances were limited in a first half against a defensive-minded Rams unit.
Antoine Semenyo proved himself a threat though and after twice being denied by the Derby shotstopper, he notched his sixth assist of the campaign when his cutback found Diédhiou, who fired low into the net in the 78th minute.
The strike was enough to secure a second 1-0 scoreline in a row for City and the Robins’ third consecutive win, as well as a sixth clean sheet.
Head Coach Dean Holden named an unchanged side from the starting XI which beat Cardiff City 1-0 a fortnight ago, in their quest for a third straight win.
However, Han-Noah Massengo and Tyreeq Bakinson were unavailable for selection for this afternoon’s Sky Bet Championship match against Derby County. Massengo has not fully recovered from symptoms of COVID-19 after testing positive last week, while Bakinson has tested positive in this week’s round of testing and is self-isolating for 10 days.
Derby sitting deep
Derby would control possession in the early stages and they had City chasing. The visitors carved out the first opportunity too when their patient build-up led to a sweeping pass for Lee Buchanan on the left, whose cross found Martyn Waghorn but Dan Bentley superbly tipped over the striker’s effort.
City grew into the game and looked threatening each time they broke forward, allowed to dictate play on the ball with Derby happy to sit back and break on the counter-attack when possible.
Marshall would have an uneventful start though he did well to recover when the goalkeeper almost lost out to Jamie Paterson, while at the other end Tom Lawrence and Buchanan blazed over.
Semenyo would force Marshall into his first save with a low shot after strong running from City’s young forward as the Robins looked to end the half on top, though Bentley would find himself scrambling across goal when Duane Holmes struck a deflected strike but it sailed wide.
It was a more scrappy affair in the second half but Semenyo was in the thick of City’s forward play in the stalemate. First, he placed a ball across the face of goal where Nahki Wells was inches away from making contact and moments later Semenyo saw another low, left-footed shot held by Marshall.
As game opened up, Derby broke forward and Nathan Byrne dribbled dangerously before the ball broke for Waghorn on the edge of the box. The forward, Derby’s top scorer, tried his luck with a left-footed curling effort which sailed just a whisker wide of Bentley’s far post.
But with energy levels depleting, a shake-up was required and a double change followed with Diédhiou and Chris Brunt introduced, while Callum O’Dowda and Chris Martin departed.
Diédhiou off the mark
Paterson would fire disappointingly over the bar with a shot inside the box but it would prove not to matter when, with a little over ten minutes remaining, Diédhiou hit the target.
Paterson and Semenyo combined with City’s number 10 releasing the striker down the right channel. He got his pass across to the unmarked Diédhiou, who took one touch with his right foot before unleashing a low shot with his left.
City had have work to do with the game into the latter stages and Holden looked to his defensive options. Wells came off for Taylor Moore before the Robins head coach made use of his extra subs allowance with a further change when Tommy Rowe replaced Paterson in stoppage time.
It was a nervy end in BS3 but City would see out the danger to secure the three points and rise to third in the Sky Bet Championship.
Watford up next
They now prepare to face visiting Watford on Wednesday night (7.45pm KO) live on Sky Sports News.
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- Diédhiou (78')
- Jamie Paterson, Callum O'Dowda, Nahki Wells, Chris Martin
- Nathan Byrne, Duane Holmes, Max Bird