Derby 3-0 Bristol City

Jeff Hendrick celebrates Derby's opener with team-mates

Jeff Hendrick, Jamie Ward and Ben Davies scored to give Derby a deserved victory as Bristol City's hopes of surviving relegation suffered a blow.

Ward missed an early penalty for Derby before Hendrick volleyed in the opener for the Rams after a poor clearance.

Bottom side City rarely threatened and Ward made up for his spot-kick miss with a driving finish after the break.

Davies added the third in stoppage time with a low strike that found the net via a deflection.

The defeat leaves Sean O'Driscoll's Robins four points adrift of 21st-placed Sheffield Wednesday.

To make matters worse for City, they have played two games more than the Owls, who sit just above the Championship relegation zone.

O'Driscoll's side got off to a bad start at Pride Park when Hendrick was hauled down by Greg Cunningham in the area. However, Ward saw his poor penalty easily saved by Robins goalkeeper Tom Heaton.

Derby's Craig Bryson managed to get past Heaton soon after but Marvin Elliott was on hand to make a last-ditch tackle.

The Rams may have little to play for as they sit mid-table, but they were the ones pushing forward and not relegation-threatened City as Paul Coutts hit the post following a cross from Conor Sammon.

The opener finally came in the 36th minute when Paul Anderson's clearance fell to Hendrick on the edge of the area and he volleyed home.

After the break, Ward atoned for his earlier penalty miss when Sammon found him and the Northern Ireland striker drove the ball past a helpless Heaton.

Derby goalkeeper Frank Fielding had a rare save to make when he blocked Liam Fontaine's header late on and moments later Davies cut in from the left to secure the win.

Derby coach Andy Garner said: "The players had a chance to recharge their batteries and they have produced a good performance. I thought we were superb from start to finish.

"I thought the first 20 minutes were particularly good. We could have been three in front in the first 20 minutes.

"When they don't go in though you start to think, 'Is it going to be one of those nights?'.

"But I think perhaps it (the timing of the break) might have been more relevant for us with a squad like ours, where a lot of the same players pretty much play week in, week out.

"In contrast now, it is a quick turnaround for the trip to Leeds on Monday."

Bristol City boss Sean O'Driscoll: "In this division, you're going to be disappointed 60 or 70% of the time - I've told the players that - but it's about how they handle that disappointment.

"We reacted well to the goals going in and our heads have not gone down, but as the game's gone on we've had a lot of possession and not done a lot with it.

"If we can react positively to making a mistake it will stand you in good stead - not just for this season but as a club moving forward. That needs to be in our DNA.

"We've had a little chat after the game and they can't let the result affect how they go about things.

"When they're running out against Sheffield Wednesday on Monday, they need to have done everything they can to be ready for it and show the spirit they've shown in the previous 13 games."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (3)

Derby

  • 01 Fielding
  • 05 Buxton
  • 06 Keogh
  • 23 Freeman
  • 04 Bryson Booked
  • 07 Coutts
  • 08 Hendrick
  • 24 Forsyth
  • 10 Ward (Davies - 69' )
  • 25 Martin
  • 32 Sammon

Substitutes

  • 13 Legzdins
  • 21 Gjokaj
  • 22 Hoganson
  • 12 Jacobs
  • 18 Davies
  • 14 Doyle
  • 20 Bennett

Bristol City

  • 01 Heaton
  • 04 Fontaine
  • 05 Nyatanga
  • 17 Cunningham (Pearson - 79' )
  • 19 Moloney
  • 08 Kilkenny
  • 14 Skuse Booked
  • 21 Anderson
  • 25 Elliott Booked (Adomah - 66' )
  • 07 Baldock
  • 16 Davies

Substitutes

  • 22 Gerken
  • 12 Wilson
  • 39 Bates
  • 10 Kelly
  • 11 Howard
  • 15 Pearson
  • 27 Adomah
Ref: Boyeson
Att: 23,483

Match Stats

Shots

9 12

On target

4 2

Corners

7 4

Fouls

8 11

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:35 Full time

Full Time The match has reached full-time.

90:00 +1:38

Assist on the goal came from Jeff Hendrick.

90:00 +1:38 Goal scored

Goal! - Ben Davies - Derby 3 - 0 Bristol C Ben Davies gets on the score sheet with a goal from just inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Derby 3-0 Bristol City.

90:00 +0:15

Stephen Pearson delivers the ball, Steven Davies takes a shot. Save made by Frank Fielding.

89:43

Corner taken by Stephen Pearson from the right by-line, clearance by Richard Keogh.

88:42

Shot on goal by Ben Davies from just inside the area clears the crossbar.

88:13

The ball is delivered by Neil Kilkenny, Richard Keogh makes a clearance.

87:52

Conor Sammon is ruled offside. Tom Heaton takes the indirect free kick.

87:17

Sam Baldock takes a shot. Frank Fielding makes a save.

85:36

Centre by Conor Sammon, comfortable save by Tom Heaton.

84:22

Chris Martin fouled by Liam Fontaine, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Jeff Hendrick.

83:52

Shot from just outside the area by Neil Kilkenny goes over the bar.

80:46

A cross is delivered by Lewin Nyatanga, save made by Frank Fielding.

79:17

The ball is sent over by Craig Forsyth, save by Tom Heaton.

78:44

Foul by Steven Davies on Craig Bryson, free kick awarded. Craig Forsyth takes the free kick.

78:11 Substitution

Substitution Stephen Pearson replaces Greg Cunningham.

77:48

Chris Martin sends in a cross, Conor Sammon takes a shot from close range clearing the crossbar.

77:30

The ball is crossed by Brendan Moloney, clearance made by Paul Coutts.

75:47

The ball is sent over by Brendan Moloney, Paul Coutts makes a clearance.

72:27

The ball is swung over by Jeff Hendrick.

68:35

Craig Forsyth takes the free kick.

68:35 Substitution

Substitution Ben Davies comes on in place of Jamie Ward.

68:35 Booking

Booking Cole Skuse receives a caution.

68:29

Foul by Cole Skuse on Conor Sammon, free kick awarded.

66:55

The ball is crossed by Craig Forsyth, Paul Coutts has a headed effort at goal from close range which goes wide left of the target.

65:45 Substitution

Substitution Marvin Elliott goes off and Albert Adomah comes on.

65:36

The ball is sent over by Brendan Moloney.

64:52

Jamie Ward gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Brendan Moloney. Free kick taken by Steven Davies.

63:44

Greg Cunningham sends in a cross, Cole Skuse takes a shot. Clearance made by Jake Buxton.

62:42

Chris Martin challenges Brendan Moloney unfairly and gives away a free kick. Tom Heaton takes the direct free kick.

61:56

The ball is sent over by Craig Bryson, clearance by Lewin Nyatanga.

61:04

Frank Fielding takes the direct free kick.

61:04 Booking

Booking Marvin Elliott goes into the referee's book.

61:00

Marvin Elliott gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jeff Hendrick.

60:06

Unfair challenge on Marvin Elliott by Jeff Hendrick results in a free kick. Tom Heaton takes the free kick.

57:33

The ball is sent over by Brendan Moloney.

57:22

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Neil Kilkenny by Jake Buxton. Neil Kilkenny restarts play with the free kick.

55:23

The ball is swung over by Brendan Moloney, clearance by Jake Buxton.

53:46

Assist by Conor Sammon.

53:46 Goal scored

Goal! - Jamie Ward - Derby 2 - 0 Bristol C Jamie Ward finds the net with a goal from the edge of the penalty box high into the middle of the goal. Derby 2-0 Bristol City.

52:23

A cross is delivered by Liam Fontaine, clearance by Craig Forsyth.

51:51

Centre by Sam Baldock, Craig Forsyth manages to make a clearance.

51:23

Centre by Paul Coutts, Cole Skuse manages to make a clearance.

50:24

Effort on goal by Brendan Moloney from just inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.

47:20

Neil Kilkenny challenges Craig Bryson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jamie Ward restarts play with the free kick.

45:33

The ball is crossed by Jeff Hendrick. The referee penalises Craig Bryson for handball. Tom Heaton restarts play with the free kick.

45:01

The match restarts for the second half.

45:00 +1:17 Half time

Half Time The ref blows to end the first period.

45:00 +0:50

Paul Coutts delivers the ball, clearance by Liam Fontaine.

44:57

Unfair challenge on Chris Martin by Marvin Elliott results in a free kick. Jamie Ward restarts play with the free kick.

44:25

Steven Davies produces a left-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the target.

43:38

Craig Forsyth produces a cross.

42:06

Brendan Moloney sends in a cross, Richard Keogh makes a clearance. Effort on goal by Lewin Nyatanga from long range goes over the bar.

38:47

Jamie Ward is caught offside. Free kick taken by Tom Heaton.

37:45

Lewin Nyatanga gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Chris Martin. Free kick taken by Kieron Freeman.

37:05

Shot from just outside the box by Greg Cunningham misses to the left of the goal.

36:31

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Paul Anderson from the left by-line, clearance by Jake Buxton.

35:41 Goal scored

Goal! - Jeff Hendrick - Derby 1 - 0 Bristol C Jeff Hendrick scores a goal from just outside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Derby 1-0 Bristol City.

35:07

Corner taken by Jamie Ward from the left by-line to the near post, clearance by Steven Davies.

34:31

Cole Skuse sends in a cross, Frank Fielding makes a save.

33:18

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Jamie Ward, free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Steven Davies by Richard Keogh. Tom Heaton takes the direct free kick.

32:57

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Paul Coutts, Steven Davies makes a clearance.

32:29

Corner taken right-footed by Jamie Ward from the left by-line, clearance by Lewin Nyatanga.

32:23

Jamie Ward sends in a cross, Lewin Nyatanga manages to make a clearance.

30:39

Shot from just outside the box by Sam Baldock misses to the left of the target.

28:53

A cross is delivered by Paul Coutts, Brendan Moloney manages to make a clearance.

28:23

The ball is sent over by Paul Coutts, clearance by Greg Cunningham.

27:51

Sam Baldock handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Frank Fielding takes the direct free kick.

26:29

Cole Skuse gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Craig Bryson. Free kick taken by Frank Fielding.

23:34

Free kick awarded for a foul by Chris Martin on Lewin Nyatanga. Direct free kick taken by Tom Heaton.

23:03

Cole Skuse produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the net.

21:13

The ball is crossed by Paul Anderson, clearance made by Richard Keogh.

19:37

Paul Coutts produces a right-footed shot from just inside the area and hits the post.

17:54

The ball is delivered by Greg Cunningham, Paul Anderson has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.

15:52

Foul by Chris Martin on Lewin Nyatanga, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Tom Heaton.

14:59

The ball is crossed by Steven Davies, save made by Frank Fielding.

12:39

Unfair challenge on Greg Cunningham by Paul Coutts results in a free kick. Tom Heaton takes the direct free kick.

11:56

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Jamie Ward, clearance by Liam Fontaine.

11:45

The ball is swung over by Jamie Ward, Liam Fontaine makes a clearance.

10:48

Paul Anderson concedes a free kick for a foul on Kieron Freeman. Direct free kick taken by Kieron Freeman.

9:52

Craig Bryson takes a shot. Marvin Elliott makes a clearance. Paul Coutts takes a outswinging corner.

9:33

The ball is crossed by Brendan Moloney, save by Frank Fielding.

8:35

The ball is swung over by Jamie Ward, clearance made by Liam Fontaine.

7:50

Corner taken by Jamie Ward, clearance made by Liam Fontaine.

6:27

Shot from just outside the box by Jamie Ward misses to the left of the target.

4:04

Paul Anderson takes the inswinging corner, Close range headed effort by Steven Davies clears the crossbar.

3:37

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Paul Anderson from the left by-line, Richard Keogh manages to make a clearance.

3:16 Penalty

A brilliant save by Tom Heaton from penalty by Jamie Ward. Derby 0-0 Bristol City.

2:06

Greg Cunningham challenges Jeff Hendrick unfairly and gives away a Penalty.

0:49

Free kick taken by Tom Heaton.

0:49 Booking

Booking Caution for Craig Bryson.

0:11

Free kick awarded for a foul by Steven Davies on Richard Keogh. Kieron Freeman takes the free kick.

0:00

The match gets underway.

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