It’s second helpings in a love-Lee comeback
BRISTOL CITY registered 25 shots in a thrilling victory over Derby – but had to wait until the second half for all of their four goals.
The visitors went ahead from the penalty spot on 27 minutes as Matej Vydra thundered the ball home off the underside of the crossbar after being brought down by City goalkeeper Frank Fielding.
Fielding escaped without even a yellow card, presumably because referee Martin Atkinson deemed that the striker was heading away from goal.
But the hosts levelled five minutes after the break when Cauley Woodrow netted with a downward header from Joe Bryan’s left-wing cross.
Bobby Reid made it 2-1 with the second penalty of the match in the 55th minute. He sent Scott Carson the wrong way for his seventh goal of the season after Jonathan Leko had been tripped by Richard Keogh.
Jamie Paterson put the result beyond doubt with an
83rd-minute free-kick from
20 yards that bounced down off the crossbar – goal-line technology proving the ball had crossed the line before being cleared.
Sub Famara Diedhiou set the seal on a truly exhilarating display by Lee Johnson’s men in stoppage time, shooting home from a brilliant long ball by Paterson.
Derby boss Gary Rowett said: “We have got to develop an underdog mentality away from home rather than thinking we can just turn up and pass opponents off the park.
“We conceded three poor goals at Sheffield United and four more today.
“I wasn’t happy with our defending for any of them.
“From the start we failed to match their intensity or handle their forward play.”
Johnson said: “I was delighted with what I saw even in the first half.
“At the interval I just told the players to produce more of the same. The second half was everything I want to see from my team.
“Jonathan Leko is like the Lord of the Dance and I would hate to be a defender playing against him.”
BLAST: Jamie Paterson ■ CAPTION: Words in here please in here a caption for this picture ■ MARIO’S MAGIC: Lemina was dominant for Southampton ■
BRUTE FORS: Fraser Forster denies Benteke ■
RIGHT ON CUE: Steve Davis celebrates the only goal of the game