Derby add to City drop fears

Jeff Hendrick, Jamie Ward and Ben Davies all scored as Derby eased to a 3-0 victory over Bristol City at Pride Park to increase the visitors' relegation fears.

Last Updated: 29/03/13 at 22:20 Post Comment

Jeff Hendrick: Celebrates Derby's opener

Jeff Hendrick: Celebrates Derby's opener

More of the games that matter

2 years free Sky Broadband Unlimited for Sky Sports customers

The margin of defeat would have been greater had it not been for Tom Heaton, the woodwork, and a contender for miss of the season from Derby striker Conor Sammon.

Defeat at Pride Park was a seventh in a winless run of nine on the road, and a 14th away league loss of the season for City.

Derby had the chance to make the perfect start when Hendrick's surging run from midfield was unfairly halted by Greg Cunningham.

Ward stepped up to take the resulting penalty but his effort was easily saved by Heaton who, diving to his left, gathered the Northern Ireland international's side-footed shot in his midriff.

Nigel Clough's side continued to create chances, with the Robins managing to muster just two noteworthy first-half efforts from Cole Skuse and Sam Baldock - both of which failed to work goalkeeper Frank Fielding.

They came either side of a 20th-minute Paul Coutts shot from inside the area that struck a post.

Derby deservedly went ahead after 36 minutes. Ward's corner was volleyed away at the near post by the third former Ram in the Robins squad - Steven Davies.

But Hendrick, stationary just outside the box, volleyed the ball straight back and his steered side-footer eluded everyone inside a crowded penalty area and bounced past Heaton into the bottom left corner of the net.

The Rams doubled their lead nine minutes into the second half, with Ward making amends for his penalty miss.

Sammon got free down the right and switched the play across the Bristol box to Ward, who got the ball under control with his right foot before blasting a left-footed shot beneath Heaton from inside the area.

Sammon should have made it 3-0 in the 78th minute from Chris Martin's low cross but somehow managed to scoop the ball over the crossbar from four yards out when totally unmarked.

Fielding reacted brilliantly shortly afterwards to palm away Steven Davies' flick from close range.

Ben Davies capped successive league wins for Derby for the first time since mid-December, when the Rams beat City 2-0 in the reverse fixture at Ashton Gate, with a low shot across Heaton from a tight angle down the left side of the box.

Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

More Match Results

Tuesday, 21 October 2014
19:45
Blackburn 1-0 Birm'ham  
Blackpool 0-1 Derby  
B'mouth 3-0 Reading Report
Brentford 0-0 Sheff Wed  
Cardiff 3-1 Ipswich  
Charlton 2-1 Bolton  
Huddsf'ld 1-1 Brighton Report
Norwich 1-1 Leeds  
Rotherham 3-3 Fulham Report
Watford 2-2 N Forest Report

Sky Bet Championship

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Derby 13 13 26
2 Watford 13 11 25
3 M'boro 13 7 23
4 Wolves 13 5 23
5 Norwich 13 10 22
6 N Forest 13 9 22
7 Charlton 13 4 22
8 B'mouth 13 6 21
9 Ipswich 13 4 20
10 Cardiff 13 2 19
11 Blackburn 13 -1 19
12 Brentford 13 -1 19
13 Sheff Wed 13 0 18
14 Rotherham 13 -3 16
15 Leeds 13 -3 16
16 Huddsf'ld 13 -6 16
17 Reading 13 -8 15
18 Millwall 13 -3 14
19 Wigan 13 -2 12
20 Brighton 13 -3 12
21 Birm'ham 13 -8 11
22 Fulham 13 -9 11
23 Bolton 13 -13 8
24 Blackpool 13 -11 6

Updated Wed, 22 Oct 2014

Footer 365

Premier League: Didier Drogba hoping to lead Chelsea line at Old Trafford

Didier Drogba admits he is still getting up to speed at Chelsea, but has declared himself 'ready' to face Man Utd.

Carragher: Balotelli will leave Liverpool next season

Jamie Carragher does not believe Mario Balotelli will remain with the club next season.

Champions League: Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers rues defensive mistakes in Real Madrid defeat

Brendan Rodgers says he could have asked for no more from his side after seeing them taken apart by Real Madrid.

Mail Box

Oh Mario - Why Always Meh?

Come on in and play the Liverpool blame game. Is it the fault of Rodgers, Balotelli, Mignolet, Johnson, Markovic or Lovren? Plus, Arsenal fans annoyed in victory...

Do Man City Have A 'Small Mentality'?

That's one claim in the mailbox after Vincent Kompany focused on a few hundred CSKA fans sneaking into the ground instead of City blowing a two-goal lead...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property