Derby County 1-1 Bristol City: The Rams drop another two points at home
Derby County played out their second home draw in the space of five days as they were held 1-1 by Bristol City on Saturday.
Frank Lampard made three changes to the team that faced Nottingham Forest on Monday night, as the likes of Martyn Waghorn, Florian Jozefzoon and David Nugent replaced Tom Lawrence, Jack Marriott and Craig Bryson in the starting XI.
Derby County enjoyed plenty of possession but couldn’t penetrate a resolute a stubborn City backline, who were helped by several good saves by goalkeeper Niki Maenpaa. Bristol City themselves could have won the game had it not been for a fantastic Scott Carson save late on but in the end, it proved to be an exasperating afternoon for Derby, who failed to pick a victory at home.
Frank Lampard’s Rams began brightly as Florian Jozefzoon saw an early shot deflected wide before Scott Malone volleyed just too high over the bar. Jozefzoon could have given Derby County the lead when he was played through by Harry Wilson but the winger’s poked effort was well kept out by Maenpaa.
Maenpaa was called into action again; Mason Mount let fly one from distance but his shot was well saved by the Bristol goalkeeper. And against the run of play in the 25th minute, Bristol went in front. Richard Keogh’s attempted header to Malone at left-back went to Jamie Paterson instead, who came in and dinked the ball over Scott Carson and into the net to stun Pride Park.
Derby should have levelled six minutes later through David Nugent but the striker headed over Wilson’s cross over the top when he should have at least hit the target. The Rams, however, were lucky not to go two behind when another sloppy play saw Bristol take advantage. Famara Diedhiou cut out a stray pass from Mount and chipped the ball over the onrushing Carson but onto the crossbar.
Derby County finally levelled in the 37th minute; Mount fired a low ball into the six-yard box from the left which was flicked home by Martyn Waghorn.
Frank Lampard’s boys created a lot of chances in the second half, with Maenpaa keeping out Mount and Keogh’s 25-yard strike. Last but not least, the Finnish keeper made an outstanding save to deny Jayden Bogle in the injury-time.
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Frustrated with the 1-1 draw with Bristol, here’s how some Derby fans reacted.
If you want to go up you have to beat teams like this at home, not good enough, another below average performance, thats 4 or 5 of them on the bounce now, taking Waghorn off instead of Jozefzoon was baffling, Nuge over Marriott? need to thank Carson for a point!
— Stefan Broo🐑e (@StefanBroome) December 22, 2018
If you call “controlling” giving the ball to the opposition and never winning the second ball then shre.
— Tim (@xDronee) December 22, 2018
Huddlestone too slow and reduces the incisive play. We need to find replacements for Hudds, Keogh, Nugent. Sorry to pick on the olds!!!
— Darren Burke (@darren_burke) December 22, 2018
Controlled? Bristol let’s us play about at the back. Carson earned us a point. Jofsefzoon is just another mo camara
— Dave Lister (@DiscoDave1980) December 22, 2018
Two points from back to back home games is no where near good enough if we are serious about finishing in the top 2/6. 🐏
— shaun woodward (@woodwardio79) December 22, 2018
Poor result for a game it sounds like we dominated and should’ve won. Definitely 2 points dropped today.
— Dan (@DG2812) December 22, 2018
Poor to say the least.
— Dan Green (@Lostchamp1) December 22, 2018
— Jamie Probert (@JamieProbert_) December 22, 2018