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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

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Derby County 4, Bristol City 0.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

    Foul by Bradley Johnson (Derby County).

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

    Foul by Aaron Wilbraham (Bristol City).

  8. Post update

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

  9. Post update

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

  10. Post update

    Foul by George Thorne (Derby County).

  11. Post update

    Foul by Mark Little (Bristol City).

  12. Post update

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

  13. Post update

    Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Bradley Johnson.

  14. Post update

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

  15. Post update

    Foul by Jason Shackell (Derby County).

  16. Post update

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

  17. Booking

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

  18. Post update

    Foul by Aden Flint (Bristol City).

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

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

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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