- English Football League - Championship
- Saturday, January 30th 2021
- Pride Park Stadium
James Crawley reports from Pride Park Stadium
Report: Derby County 1-0 Bristol City
Saturday, January 30th 2021
An early goal from Colin Kazim-Richards was enough to inflict defeat on the Robins in a scrappy affair at Pride Park.
He pounced inside the fourth minute to provide the game's only goal and secure what would be a third consecutive 1-0 win for Derby County.
As for City, they were unable to muster much in the final third, in part due to the cut-up surface, and found themselves beaten in the midfield battles.
Dan Bentley made crucial saves to give Dean Holden’s side a chance of fighting back into the game, but the Rams slowed the play down in the latter stages to see out the three points.
Holden made just two changes from the midweek win over Huddersfield, with returns for Jack Hunt and Ádám Nagy. They replaced Adrian Mariappa and Tyreeq Bakinson, both were named on the bench, while Tommy Rowe was passed fit to start at left-back.
Derby enjoyed the early possession and scored as early as the fourth minute. The Rams switched the play for Lee Buchanan on the left, to produce a sweeping pinpoint cross which found Kazim-Richards who pounced from close range.
The Rams were the better side in the early moments with the visitors struggling to get forward or create any rhythm on the bobbly pitch.
It could have been worse but for the post which prevented Max Bird from doubling Derby’s advantage, before Bentley blocked to deny Kamil Jozwiak at his far post.
Krystian Bielik’s afternoon was then cut short through injury, with treatment required which led to a lengthy stoppage around the half-hour mark. Martyn Waghorn was his replacement, while Holden was forced into a change too with Rowe replaced by Mariappa.
The break in play and a tactical shift from Rooney worked to City’s advantage as they put together a sustained period of pressure late in the first half. A lot of the build-up came down the right and Nahki Wells saw a shot blocked by Andre Wisdom, while David Marshall beat away an effort from Antoine Semenyo as the Robins went into the break with some momentum at last.
A glancing header from Diédhiou drifted wide in the end as City went close, not long into the second half too.
However, the playing surface played its role with the cut-up pitch preventing any fast-pace movement with the Robins looking for a way back into the game.
At the other end, Bentley was called into action as Waghorn tried his luck from a tight angle but City’s shotstopper blocked with his legs.
Holden soon looked to his bench introducing Chris Martin against his former club as well as Bakinson, with Semenyo and Zak Vyner the players sacrificed.
But with the minutes ticking by, the Rams were looking more and more likely to hold out and were only denied the chance to double their lead when Diédhiou cleared from in front of his own goal following a Shinnie corner, before Waghorn forced a fingertip save from Bentley.
Wells and Kasey Palmer would make way with a little over ten minutes remaining; they were replaced by Owura Edwards and Han-Noah Massengo, respectively. They were bright and Edwards in particular injected some energy going forward but it wasn’t enough to break through a resilient Derby team.
Next for City is a trip to Brentford on Wednesday evening (February 3rd, 7.45pm KO), available on Robins TV as audio-only. The match can't be streamed on Robins TV due to the match being an away game originally scheduled for a Saturday, as per broadcast regulations.
- Kazim-Richards (4')
- Krystian Bielik, Kamil Jozwiak, Colin Kazim-Richards
- Tommy Rowe, Kasey Palmer, Zak Vyner, Antoine Semenyo, Nahki Wells