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Summary

  1. Rams see Davies header cleared off line and Russell free-kick hit bar in first half
  2. Steele replaces injured Fielding in Bristol City goal at break
  3. Steele frustrates Derby with saves from Lawrence and Vydra
  4. Rams now unbeaten in last nine league games, winning six
  5. Point ends Bristol City run of five successive defeats in all competitions

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By Tom Garry

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FT: Derby County 0-0 Bristol City

Thanks for your company tonight. Friday's action ends in frustration for Derby, who will feel they should have won.

The Rams had the better chances and a strong penalty appeal turned down in the closing stages.

For Bristol City though, an away point gives them a boost ahead of Tuesday's visit of Premier League leaders Manchester City in the Carabao Cup semi-finals.

Do join us again tomorrow for all of Saturday's football across the BBC. It'll be great! Until then, good bye.

'It did look a penalty,' Johnson admits

FT: Derby County 0-0 Bristol City

Bristol City boss Lee Johnson told Sky Sports:

"It was a bit cagey in the first half, with both teams showing a bit too much respect to each other.

"But in the second half it opened up, it was end to end, both teams had some good chances and Luke Steele had to pull off two very good saves.

"You could say we were lucky to get away with a point but we worked very hard. It's a good point for us and it stops the mini rot."

On the Jerome penalty appeal: "To be fair, it did look like a penalty but sometimes you get away with those."

The stats

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League Two result

Newport County 2-1 Crawley Town

Elsewhere tonight, Newport County have moved up to fifth in League Two with a 2-1 win over mid-table Crawley at Rodney Parade.

The Welsh club are now just one point off an automatic promotion place.

How does that change the table?

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Derby stay second, increasing their advantage over third-placed Cardiff to three points ahead of the Bluebirds' game at Hillsborough tomorrow.

But the Rams miss the chance to narrow the gap to leaders Wolves to seven points. They're nine points off the Molineux club.

Meanwhile, Bristol City climb above Aston Villa in to fourth, five points behind Derby.

Robins 'were due a clean sheet'

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Bristol City keeper Luke Steele - who came on as a half-time substitute - adds to Sky Sports:

"We were due a clean sheet and it all starts at the back.

"Although Derby had a few chances, I think we deserved that. We take a positive point away."

Two points dropped?

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Reaction - 'we had to stop the rot'

FT: Derby County 0-0 Bristol City

As the Robins end their five-game losing run, Bristol City centre-back Aden Flint tells Sky Sports:

"We had to stop the rot. It was vital that we got a point, minimum.

"We've got a good clean sheet and a point."

FT: Derby County 0-0 Bristol City

The players go off to the sound of boos aimed at the officials, as the home fans bemoan the decision not to award Derby a late penalty - booking Cameron Jerome for simulation instead.

It certainly was a contentious moment.

FULL-TIME

Derby County 0-0 Bristol City

One last Derby attack comes to nothing and that's it, it's a draw.

CLOSE!

Derby County 0-0 Bristol City

Bristol City nearly pinch it in stoppage time but Korey Smith's low shot from the edge of the D goes narrowly wide.

Relief for Derby!

Derby County 0-0 Bristol City

Andreas Weimann loses his footing and slips over for Derby, ending a potential attack. More frustration for the hosts.

Derby County 0-0 Bristol City

There will be four minutes of added time. Can anyone snatch all three points?

Derby County 0-0 Bristol City

We're in to the final minute of normal time and Derby are getting restless. Time is running out and they really feel they should be ahead.

YELLOW CARD (Derby)

Derby County 0-0 Bristol City

Controversy! Derby want a penalty as Cameron Jerome goes down in the area, but instead their new striker is booked for diving.

But replays show he is DEFINITELY caught by Aden Flint.

Perhaps the referee thought Jerome went down too purposefully. But the Rams want a penalty that isn't coming.

Derby County 0-0 Bristol City

Just under five minutes remain and, if either side score now, it'll surely be the winner.

Derby need a goal if they want to narrow the gap on leaders Wolves to seven points.

Derby County 0-0 Bristol City

Bristol City have had far fewer chances than Derby in this game, but they still look capable of snatching this. They break well.

Famara Diedhiou holds the ball up nicely on the edge of the Derby area, but his pass to Jamie Paterson is just slightly too forceful.

Derby County 0-0 Bristol City

Derby have played some good stuff tonight, but George Thorne shooting in to the stands from 35 yards out won't go down as one of the good bits.

That's wasteful from him.

CLOSE!

Derby County 0-0 Bristol City

All three Derby subs almost combine but Sam Winnall can't quite connect properly with Andreas Weimann's low cross and it's too far in front of Cameron Jerome at the far post.

SUBSTITUTIONS (Derby)

Derby County 0-0 Bristol City

How many Championship clubs wish they had a trio like this on their bench?

Sam Winnall, debutant Cameron Jerome and Andreas Weimann come on for the Rams.

David Nugent, Matej Vydra and Tom Lawrence come off.

Options.

Derby County 0-0 Bristol City

Derby boss Gary Rowett is lining up a triple change. Watch this space.

CLOSE!

Derby County 0-0 Bristol City

Against the run of play, Bristol City go close through Joe Bryan - on his weaker, right foot - volleying towards goal from the edge of the area. It rolls narrowly wide.

Scott Carson might have had it covered. But it wasn't far away.

Derby County 0-0 Bristol City

Derby are ramping up the pressure now, getting lots of men forward. Bristol City need to dig in defensively now.

Derby County 0-0 Bristol City

Matej Vydra went for power there, rather than placement, and that may have aided Luke Steele's cause.

Moments later, Johnny Russell cuts inside and shoots, but it's well wide. A waste.

Derby are on top again.

GREAT SAVE!

Derby County 0-0 Bristol City

Matel Vydra shoots
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Save, keeper! Derby look certain to score through Matej Vydra, after he is found in space in the box by David Nugent, but substitute keeper Luke Steele turns it behind. That's a top save.

From the corner, Nugent eventually shoots over.

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Down the other end, Bobby Reid wins Bristol City a corner, but Tom Huddlestone boots clear for the hosts.

GREAT SAVE!

Derby County 0-0 Bristol City

Tom Lawrence
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Johnny Russell battles well along the right byline for Derby and the ball comes back for Tom Lawrence in the area, who shoots, but it's a good save from Luke Steele, tipping it over the top.

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A drum is repeatedly banging in the background, with the home fans chanting 'Gary Rowett's barmy army'.

On the touchline, new signing Cameron Jerome is warning up for the hosts.

Derby County 0-0 Bristol City

That's a good effort from Derby's Tom Lawrence, dipping towards goal from outside the area, but it's just over the bar.

Derby County 0-0 Bristol City

Gary Rowett
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Derby boss Gary Rowett looks frustrated in his dugout.

And it is awfully quiet at Pride Park at the moment.

Derby County 0-0 Bristol City

Jamie Paterson picks up a loose ball on the left wing for Bristol City and plays it inside to Famara Diedhiou, who turns nicely, but his ambitious shot from around 30 yards out bounces well off target.

Derby County 0-0 Bristol City

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So, 35 minutes or so to go at Pride Park. The Rams have kept a clean sheet in eight of their last 11 Championship games, conceding just three times.

Can either side find a breakthrough tonight?

Derby County 0-0 Bristol City

I'd say Bristol City look a bit more of a threat going forward so far in this second half.

They had their backs to the wall somewhat, for a 15-minute spell in the first half.

Derby County 0-0 Bristol City

Just to remind you, second-placed Derby have been in fine form since November, winning six of their past eight league games.

In contrast, Carabao Cup semi-finalists Bristol City have lost their past five games in all competitions.

But that includes a last-gasp first-leg loss at Manchester City, who they welcome to Ashton Gate in four days' time.

Crawley back in it

Newport 2-1 Crawley

Game back on at Rodney Parade where Jimmy Smith has volleyed in for Crawley early in the second half to halve the deficit against Newport.

Derby County 0-0 Bristol City

Matej Vydra shoots
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David Nugent holds the ball up superbly and lays it off nicely for Matej Vydra but his low shot from an angle is held by Luke Steele.

Derby County 0-0 Bristol City

And the visitors make a very positive start to the half, moving the ball well, but Josh Brownhill's far-post shot is straight at Scott Carson.

KICK-OFF

Derby County 0-0 Bristol City

Now with this more attacking line-up, Bristol City - in their red and white kit - get the game going again.

SUBSTITUTIONS (Bristol City)

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Bristol City are making two changes at the break. Keeper Frank Fielding, who has a knock, is replaced by Luke Steele.

And on comes record signing Famara Diedhiou - back at last from injury - for Nathan Baker, so the Robins switch to 4-4-2.

Can Jerome lead Derby to promotion?

Derby County v Bristol City (19:45 GMT)

Cameron Jerome
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Derby dipped into the transfer market this week to bring in striker Cameron Jerome from Norwich City on an 18-month deal.

The 31-year-old, who could make his debut from the bench in the second half this evening, brings plenty of Championship promotion experience with him, having gone up twice with Birmingham City (2007 and 2009) and again with Norwich in 2015.