Bristol City increased the pressure on Derby County as they produced one of the narrow football scores of the weekend in the Championship. Teenager Alex Scott scored the only goal of the game when he unleashed a drive with his left foot from the edge of the box. It was a deserved win for the home side with bottom-of-the-table Derby County hardly troubling the hosts.
Bristol City’s Nigel Pearson: “Alex is a very versatile and promising player. I don’t think anybody thought at the start of the season that he would be operating as a wing-back. The fact that he is, shows his football intelligence. When you play in that position and the ball is crossed from the other side you need to be in goalscoring positions. Alex got himself into one for his goal and it was a very calm and assured finish.”
Derby’s Wayne Rooney: “Our first-half performance could hardly have been worse. I told the lads at half-time that I didn’t recognize us because we didn’t have the intensity we are trying to build with this team. We were sloppy when in possession and not quick enough to react to the second ball. Our warm-up wasn’t good enough and the slow start we made to the game showed how important it is to get that right. It isn’t the first time that has happened. I thought the two substitutes who came on for the second half did well, but we paid for that disappointing first half.”
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