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Derby County 4-0 Bristol City

Tom Ince scores for Derby
Derby next play away to Ipswich Town on Saturday, when Bristol City play QPR at home

Derby winger Tom Ince hit a hat-trick as Paul Clement's side climbed to third in the Championship with a comfortable victory over struggling Bristol City.

The 23-year-old opened the scoring with a low finish after a mazy run three minutes before the break.

He got his second with a shot that went in under Frankie Fielding, and combined with Darren Bent to complete the treble before Johnny Russell headed home.

Steve Cotterill's City side slip to 21st, one point above the drop zone.

Just two minutes before Ince put Derby ahead, Nathan Baker hit the post for the away side, connecting with an in-swinging Joe Bryan free-kick, while Bent had earlier struck the crossbar with a header from Jeff Hendrick's cross.

Derby are now two points off the automatic promotion places, but Hull could climb back above them into third if they beat Reading by three goals on Wednesday.

City beat Huddersfield 2-1 away on Saturday to register their first win in five matches, but with the Terriers beating Rotherham and MK Dons beating Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday, they fall from 19th to 21st - one place above the relegation places.

The Robins next play Queens Park Rangers at home in a 15:00 GMT kick-off on Saturday, when Derby are away to Ipswich.

Derby head coach Paul Clement:

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Clement on Derby v Bristol City

"I'm very pleased for Tom Ince, he's been a little bit inconsistent by his standards so far this season so it was a very good performance from him and will be brilliant for his confidence.

"I've spoken to him about being mentally strong and during good times not getting too excited and thinking you're the best player in the world.

"When things are not going so well, you don't listen too much to the criticism because things can change really quickly and he's come through it brilliantly."

Bristol City manager Steve Cotterill:

"We didn't pass the ball like we normally do. We weren't good enough to take them on and we didn't show enough courage to pass the ball.

"In the first half I thought we kept them at arms' length but then there was some individual brilliance from Ince for the first goal.

"In the second half we were the better team for 20 minutes but conceded a goal against the run of play and then there was no way back for us."

Line-ups

Derby

  • 1Grant
  • 2Christie
  • 6KeoghBooked at 54mins
  • 14Shackell
  • 37WarnockSubstituted forBairdat 74'minutes
  • 8HendrickSubstituted forThorneat 60'minutes
  • 15Johnson
  • 24WeimannSubstituted forButterfieldat 70'minutes
  • 23Ince
  • 11Russell
  • 10Bent

Substitutes

  • 9Martin
  • 12Baird
  • 18Butterfield
  • 26Hanson
  • 32Shotton
  • 34Thorne
  • 35Mitchell

Bristol City

  • 1Fielding
  • 16Moore
  • 4FlintBooked at 87mins
  • 17Baker
  • 13BennettSubstituted forLittleat 80'minutes
  • 7Smith
  • 21PackSubstituted forWilbrahamat 82'minutes
  • 23BryanSubstituted forReidat 72'minutes
  • 3Williams
  • 10Agard
  • 15Freeman

Substitutes

  • 2Little
  • 5Ayling
  • 9Cox
  • 14Reid
  • 18Wilbraham
  • 22Kodjia
  • 24O'Leary
Referee:
Andy Woolmer
Attendance:
27,781

Match Stats

Home TeamDerbyAway TeamBristol City
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home15
Away6
Shots on Target
Home6
Away1
Corners
Home5
Away3
Fouls
Home14
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Derby County 4, Bristol City 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Derby County 4, Bristol City 0.

Attempt blocked. Luke Freeman (Bristol City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Korey Smith (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Bradley Johnson (Derby County).

Attempt missed. Tom Ince (Derby County) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Cyrus Christie.

Foul by Aaron Wilbraham (Bristol City).

Richard Keogh (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Luke Freeman (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by George Thorne (Derby County).

Foul by Mark Little (Bristol City).

Johnny Russell (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Bradley Johnson.

Aaron Wilbraham (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jason Shackell (Derby County).

Attempt missed. Darren Bent (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

Booking

Aden Flint (Bristol City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Aden Flint (Bristol City).

Jacob Butterfield (Derby County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Bobby Reid (Bristol City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Johnny Russell (Derby County).

Derrick Williams (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Cyrus Christie (Derby County).

Attempt saved. Cyrus Christie (Derby County) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by George Thorne.

Offside, Derby County. Johnny Russell tries a through ball, but Jacob Butterfield is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol City. Aaron Wilbraham replaces Marlon Pack.

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Mark Little.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol City. Mark Little replaces Elliott Bennett.

Foul by Bobby Reid (Bristol City).

Jacob Butterfield (Derby County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Goal!

Goal! Derby County 4, Bristol City 0. Johnny Russell (Derby County) header from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Chris Baird with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. Chris Baird replaces Stephen Warnock.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Liam Moore (Bristol City) because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol City. Bobby Reid replaces Joe Bryan.

Goal!

Goal! Derby County 3, Bristol City 0. Tom Ince (Derby County) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Darren Bent.

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. Jacob Butterfield replaces Andreas Weimann.

Attempt blocked. Elliott Bennett (Bristol City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Goal!

Goal! Derby County 2, Bristol City 0. Tom Ince (Derby County) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. George Thorne replaces Jeff Hendrick.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Middlesbrough21134430121843
2Brighton211110031201143
3Derby21118232131941
4Hull20115429131638
5Burnley219842620635
6Ipswich219753128334
7Cardiff218942722533
8Birmingham218672623330
9Sheff Wed217952826230
10Brentford218583030029
11Blackburn2161052218428
12QPR217772627-128
13Reading207672623327
14Wolves206772525025
15Nottm Forest216782020025
16Preston2151061717025
17Fulham215883437-323
18Leeds205871822-423
19Huddersfield2156102230-821
20MK Dons2154121728-1119
21Bristol City2147102037-1719
22Charlton2146111934-1518
23Rotherham2143142238-1615
24Bolton21110101631-1513
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