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Bristol City 2-3 Derby County

Johnny Russell
Johnny Russell scored the opening goal of the game

Tom Ince scored the winner as Derby came from behind to secure a place in the Championship play-offs by beating lowly Bristol City.

Johnny Russell's header gave the visitors a lead which lasted barely a minute as Jonathan Kodjia levelled.

Bobby Reid scored from distance as City led at half-time, but Derby struck back shortly after the break.

Craig Bryson levelled from 12 yards before Ince put his team ahead with a left-footed shot across goal.

It is the first time Derby have won four successive league games since April 2014 and victory, combined with Cardiff City's defeat at Brentford, ensures they will finish the season inside the top six.

With three games remaining, Derby are level on points with fourth-placed Hull, who enjoyed a late victory over Reading and have a game in hand.

Bristol City showed commitment throughout the match but it was an error-strewn performance.

The defeat, plus MK Dons' draw at Sheffield Wednesday, means City still need a point to guarantee Championship survival.

Bristol City head coach Lee Johnson:

"I'm disappointed with the result and angry at the performance. We were naive tonight and didn't communicate as well as we needed to.

"The players gave everything and the problem was our quality, not our attitude.

"You can't make as many mistakes in succession as we did against a good side. That's me being honest."

Derby head coach Darren Wassall:

"That's four wins on the trot, the first time we have done that for two years.

"Now we want to extend that run right through to the play-offs because it's important we go into the semi-finals in the best possible form.

"It was the ideal result for us after trailing 2-1 at half time. We knew it would be tough because Bristol City have been in good form at home recently.

"I'm delighted with the way the players responded in the second half. In the end we could have had more goals."

Line-ups

Bristol City

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 12O'Donnell
  • 26Matthews
  • 4Flint
  • 17Baker
  • 23Bryan
  • 7Smith
  • 21Pack
  • 15FreemanSubstituted forWagstaffat 72'minutes
  • 14ReidSubstituted forOdemwingieat 71'minutes
  • 9TomlinSubstituted forWilbrahamat 86'minutes
  • 22Kodjia

Substitutes

  • 2Little
  • 3Williams
  • 11Wagstaff
  • 13Golbourne
  • 18Wilbraham
  • 24O'Leary
  • 27Odemwingie

Derby

Formation 4-3-3

  • 17Carson
  • 2Christie
  • 6Keogh
  • 14Shackell
  • 29OlssonBooked at 90mins
  • 4Bryson
  • 34Thorne
  • 18Butterfield
  • 11RussellSubstituted forWeimannat 76'minutes
  • 9Martin
  • 23Ince

Substitutes

  • 5Buxton
  • 10Bent
  • 19Hughes
  • 22Blackman
  • 24Weimann
  • 35Mitchell
  • 39Elsnik
Referee:
Andy Davies
Attendance:
15,341

Match Stats

Home TeamBristol CityAway TeamDerby
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home7
Away15
Shots on Target
Home2
Away7
Corners
Home4
Away6
Fouls
Home10
Away5

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Bristol City 2, Derby County 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Bristol City 2, Derby County 3.

  3. Post update

    George Thorne (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Joe Bryan (Bristol City).

  5. Post update

    Foul by Markus Olsson (Derby County).

  6. Post update

    Scott Wagstaff (Bristol City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  7. Booking

    Markus Olsson (Derby County) is shown the yellow card.

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Craig Bryson (Derby County) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Cyrus Christie.

  9. Post update

    Attempt saved. Chris Martin (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Tom Ince.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Bristol City. Aaron Wilbraham replaces Lee Tomlin.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Cyrus Christie.

  12. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  13. Post update

    Delay in match Jason Shackell (Derby County) because of an injury.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Scott Wagstaff.

  15. Post update

    Jason Shackell (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Peter Odemwingie (Bristol City).

  17. Post update

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

  18. Post update

    Foul by Peter Odemwingie (Bristol City).

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Derby County. Andreas Weimann replaces Johnny Russell.

  20. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Jacob Butterfield (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by George Thorne.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Middlesbrough43268960283286
2Burnley432315567353284
3Brighton432315567392884
4Hull4222101060312976
5Derby432113964402476
6Sheff Wed431816961421970
7Cardiff431616115346764
8Ipswich431614134949062
9Birmingham431612154945460
10Preston431416134242058
11Leeds431415144653-757
12QPR431317135252056
13Brentford42168186063-356
14Wolves431314165056-653
15Reading431312184953-451
16Huddersfield431311195760-350
17Blackburn431115174043-348
18Nottm Forest431115173744-748
19Fulham431115176473-948
20Rotherham43139215265-1348
21Bristol City431212194868-2048
22MK Dons43912223560-2539
23Charlton43813223773-3637
24Bolton43415243978-3927
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