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Match Report: Bristol City 1-1 Derby County (Derby Fan's Perspective)

Monday 2nd April 2012
Derby left Ashton Gate with a point and will probably be cursing their poor finishing for not taking all three. A host of missed chances cost The Rams dearly and effectively ended any whispers of a late push for the end of season play-offs.

Derby manager Nigel Clough named an unchanged starting eleven, whilst Bristol City brought in Cole Skuse to replace the suspended Ryan McGivern and Dean Gerken was preferred in goal to David James.

It was the home side who had the first chance of the game after four minutes, as Albert Adomah's effort was easily collected by Frank Fielding. Richard Foster also had an early effort for Bristol, which flew well wide of Fielding's goal.

It was Derby's first substantial attack of the game that led to the first goal. Jeff Hendrick from the left played a near perfect ball for Craig Bryson to knock in. Bryson has now scored five from midfield this season and should be amongst the favourites to lift the fans' Player of the Season award.

Bristol City had a shout for a penalty late on in the first half when Jon Stead's effort hit Paul Green on the arm, but referee Gavin Ward was having nothing of it.

Derby will rue the many missed opportunities and failing to take advantage of the periods when they dominated possession. A very lively Steven Davies saw one effort go wide, saw another hit the net but ruled offside, and yet another crack against the foot of the post.

The failure to convert chances seemed to put some fuel into the fire for Bristol City. Halfway through the second half they started to get their foot on the gas and look for the equaliser.

This eventually came when Brett Pitman scored with a beauty of a left footed strike that left Fielding stretching forlornly across his goal. The delight of the home fans was obvious when the ball hit the back of the net.

Hendrick had a late effort foiled by Gerken and the game fizzled out without any further goals scored before time expired.

The shared point apiece sees Bristol City drop back into the relegation zone for the first time since the Autumn at the expense of Coventry City, while Derby can now see the distant prospect of a shot at the Premiership slipping beyond their grasp. The Rams trail sixth placed Brighton by seven points, and seemed destined for a comfortable mid-table finish.

Bristol City: Gerken, Skuse (Bolasie 84), Amougou, Carey, Foster, Adomah, Cisse (McAllister 63), Kilkenny, Pearson, Ephraim (Pitman 72), Stead. Subs not used: James, Wood.

Derby: Fielding, Naylor, Buxton, Shackell, Roberts, Green, Bryson, Hendrick, B Davies, Robinson (Tyson 79), S Davies. Subs not used: Severn, Bailey, Carroll, Thomas.

Man of the Match - Steven Davies

Attendance - 12,794 (854 Away fans)
Andy Buckley - Taylor

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