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England beat New Zealand by five wickets to win ODI series

England clinch ODI series win as Finn blows away Black Caps in Auckland

By
David Clough, Press Association

PUBLISHED:

07:59 GMT, 23 February 2013

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UPDATED:

08:06 GMT, 23 February 2013

England cashed in on a fine performance with the ball and in the field to coast to victory at Eden Park and wrap up the one-day international series 2-1 against New Zealand.

Steven Finn was the driving force as the tourists bowled their hosts out for 185, and today's decider turned into a mis-match.

Even Brendon McCullum's third successive half-century was unable to rescue a defendable total for New Zealand, albeit on a pitch which had offered plenty early on to well directed seam bowling after Alastair Cook had won the toss.

Finn when you're winning: The England fast bowler (left) picked up three wickets

Finn when you're winning: The England fast bowler (left) picked up three wickets

England's two premier exponents, Finn and James Anderson, soon reduced the hosts to a hapless 11 for three.

McCullum (79) refused to let England have it all their own way with six
fours and five sixes but, without significant support, could not turn
the tide on his own.

It seemed a foregone conclusion that England would make light work of their target.

In the event they were not flattered by a five-wicket margin, and it was
more instructive that they also had 12.3 overs to spare.

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Swann dive: England spinner Graeme Swann swoops to catch James Franklin out

Swann dive: England spinner Graeme Swann swoops to catch James Franklin out

England hit record breaking score against New Zealand

England on song as they hit record breaking score against New Zealand

By
David Clough, Press Association

PUBLISHED:

08:02 GMT, 9 February 2013

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UPDATED:

08:03 GMT, 9 February 2013

England cashed in on the curious dimensions of Eden Park to pile up a record-breaking 214 for seven in the first Twenty20 against New Zealand.

At a ground with little more than a 60-yard carry at either end, England targeted the straight boundaries in particular but thrashed plenty of other maximums to all parts, clearing the ropes 15 times – four more than they ever have before – and easily surpassing their previous highest Twenty20 score of 202 for six.

Luke Wright topped the sixes charts with four, and Eoin Morgan came closest to a half-century with 46 in an innings which saw everyone bar number seven Samit Patel achieve better than a run-a-ball.

On song: Luke Wright hit four sixes as England set an impressive total

On song: Luke Wright hit four sixes as England set an impressive total

Alex Hales soon announced England's intent, after being put into bat in this opening match of three, with their first six high over deep midwicket off Trent Boult in the second over.

Boult and his fellow left-armer Mitchell McClenaghan found some early swing, but it was still hard work to contain the batsmen.

Hales greeted the introduction of Ronnie Hira's left-arm spin with a brutal four crunched past mid-on.

But up the wicket to try to repeat the dose next ball, the opener missed one that drifted into him and was easily stumped.

It did not take long for number three Wright to upstage Hales' strike rate – and after finding his range against McClenaghan, he set the tone with a six over extra-cover for a second over from Hira which cost 21 runs.

Michael Lumb had only three, from just six balls faced, in England's first 50 runs. But he joined in with a swept four and straight six off Hira.

Form: Alex Hales did well befoe Ronnie Hira put an end to his innings

Form: Alex Hales did well befoe Ronnie Hira put an end to his innings

Gotcha: New Zealand celebrate after taking Hales' wicket

Ross Taylor, back for his first international match since being relieved of the New Zealand captaincy and then sitting out the tour of South Africa, was the darling of a crowd who had cheered wildly at the announcement of his name after the toss.

But he did nothing to endear himself further when he dropped Wright at cover off Nathan McCullum and then Lumb when he skied Andrew Ellis to deep midwicket.

Fortunately for Taylor, neither miss was costly – an aggregate 17 runs, before Wright was caught in the leg-side deep off Ellis and then Lumb miscued an attempted hook at McClenaghan to short fine-leg.

New Zealand were not helping themselves in the field, though.

Hira dropped Jonny Bairstow on 22 off Ellis, but the most obvious chance fell to McClenaghan who appeared not to sight one properly at short third-man when he put down Morgan on 33 off McCullum.

The combined cost for the Kiwis' third and fourth drops was 29 runs, Morgan miscuing Hira into the off-side to give Taylor an unmissable opportunity and Bairstow unable to clear Martin Guptill at long-on off Boult.

Jos Buttler nonetheless ensured England surged past 200 and beyond.

Alerx McLeish quits as Nottingham Forest boss after just 41 days

McLeish does a Clough and walks out on Nottingham Forest after just 41 days

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11:16 GMT, 5 February 2013

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UPDATED:

11:34 GMT, 5 February 2013

Alex McLeish has left Nottingham Forest by mutual consent, the League Managers Association says.

The Scot was in charge of the Championship side for just 41 days and seven games, winning only one and losing four.

Gone: Alex McLeish has left Nottingham Forest manager

Gone: Alex McLeish has left Nottingham Forest manager

It is thought the reason behind McLeish's decision to leave Forest is interference from the club's Kuwaiti owners, the Al-Hasawi family, in team affairs.

McLeish, who replaced Sean O'Driscoll as manager on December 27, said via a statement on the club's official website, nottinghamforest.co.uk: 'I am extremely saddened to be leaving after such a short period.

'But even so, it has been a privilege to be manager of such a fantastic football club and I want to thank the players, staff and fans for their support and wish Nottingham Forest the best of fortunes ahead.

'Both parties entered into the relationship in good faith. However, there was a difference in the understanding of the development strategy of the football club and it was felt by both parties that we should part company.'

Forest chairman Fawaz Al Hasawi had denied claims that there was a bust-up with manager Alex McLeish following the club's lack of transfer activity on deadline day.

Reports circulated that McLeish, who did manage to secure the services of Kuwaiti goalkeeper Khaled Al-Rashidi, was unhappy after George Boyd's proposed move collapsed at the 11th hour over what Peterborough described as an 'inconclusive eye test'.

Chairman Fawaz Al-Hasawi said: 'I'm bitterly disappointed – as is Alex – that it has not worked out as we had hoped when he became our manager and I would like to put on record my thanks for his services to the Club and wish him every success in the future.'

McLeish's turbulent reign at the City Ground rekindled memories of Brian Clough's disastrous 44-day spell at Leeds United.

Clough was famously sacked by the Yorkshire club after falling out with the players and board but went on to lead Nottingham Forest to league and European Cup glory.

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Manchester United squad among best in English football history

Marching towards history: Fergie's United have more points now than Shankly's Liverpool, Wenger's Invincibles and Clough's Forest… and they are on course to become the greatest EVER team

-1355Projected: 95

NB: In seasons when two points were awarded
for a win points tallies have been converted into today’s equivalent

*42-game season

The Busby Babes, featuring Duncan Edwards and Dennis Viollet, had the equivalent of 49 points from the opening 22 games of their 1956 championship-winning campaign while Sir Matt Busby’s next famous side, starring the ‘Holy Trinity’ of George Best, Bobby Charlton and Denis Law, secured just 44 points from their first 22 games of the 1966-67 season – the year before they won the European Cup by defeating Benfica 4-1 at Wembley.

But it is not just the great United sides that Ferguson’s squad is seeing off in their seemingly unstoppable pursuit of a 20th Premier League title. They have equalled the points haul amassed by a Jack Walker-funded Blackburn in 1994-95 and are three points better off than the Arsenal Invincibles were at this stage of the 2003-04 season.

However, Jose Mourinho’s 2005-06 Chelsea team – who share the record with United’s 1999-2000 side for the highest final points tally over the course a 38-game Premier League season with 91 points – are the only side in the Premier League era to better the standards being set by this United team, having gained 61 points from their first 22 league games.

But should United continue to gather up the points at the same rate as they have done so far this season they will be on course to beat that record for the most points gained during a Premier League campaign, with a projected 95 points at a ratio of 2.5 per game.

When we delve further back in time it is revealed that United’s haul of 18 wins from the opening 22 games has only been matched or bettered on four occasions – by Preston in 1888-89, Sunderland in 1891-92, Tottenham in 1960-61 and Chelsea in 2005-06. Kenny Dalglish’s Liverpool only secured 17 wins from their first 22 games of the 1987-88 season, but five draws saw them on to 57, two points better off than United today.

Record-breakers: Chelsea amassed 91 points in 2005-06

Record-breakers: Chelsea amassed 91 points in 2005-06

This places this much-maligned United squad in a better position than all but one of Liverpool’s championship-winning sides, and comfortably sees off the points hauls secured after 22 games by Don Revie’s title winning teams at Leeds and Brian Clough’s league winners at Forest.

Teams to have won at least 18 of their opening 22 games of the season:

Team
Season
Won
Drawn
Lost
Points
Chelsea
2005-06
20
1
1
61
Tottenham
1960-61
1921
59
Preston
1888-89
18
4
0
58
Sunderland
1891-92
19
0
3
57
Man United
2012-13
18
1
3
55

It seems difficult to believe that this United side is comfortably seeing off competition from some of the most celebrated sides in the history of English football.

United have already conceded 29 goals, leaving them on track to break the club’s worst defensive record in a single season in the Premier League era – the 45 goals conceded in the 1999-2000 title-winning campaign.

Class of 2000: Ferguson's sixth title was won at a canter

Class of 2000: Ferguson's sixth title was won at a canter

Doubts remain over the goalkeeping position, with David de Gea and Anders Lindegaard being rotated once again this season, while question marks hang over the defensive capabilities of full backs Rafael and Patrice Evra with Nemanja Vidic still being eased back in after long-term knee injury.

Further forward, many spectators still believe United to be short of a player with the drive and determination of a Roy Keane or Bryan Robson in the centre of midfield, while on the wing, Nani has fallen out of favour and Antonio Valencia has failed to produce anything like his best form for some time now.

Man Utd v the best teams in history (all points totals are three for a win):

Team
Season
Points after 22 games
Sir Alex Ferguson’s Man Utd
2012-13
55
Don Revie’s Leeds United
1973-74
54
Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal
2003-04
52
Brian Clough’s Nottingham Forest
1977-78
49
Bill Shankly’s Liverpool
1963-64
47
Brian Clough’s Derby
1971-72
40

Injury and sluggish showings have hindered Wayne Rooney’s season this time around, with the striker having scored just eight goals, compared with the seventeen he had this time last year. Fellow England forward Danny Welbeck may have impressed with his work rate and pace against Liverpool on Sunday but he must improve on his solitary United goal so far this term.

In spite of all the frailties, there is
no doubting the integral contribution being performed by Michael Carrick
in midfield and Van Persie, of course, up front – while Tom Cleverley
and Javier Hernandez have also been in sparkling form.

More to come: Rooney (centre) has been far from his best this season

More to come: Rooney (centre) has been far from his best this season

And whatever this United squad may lack in quality, they make up for with their strength of character and determination to win – a trait undoubtedly drilled into the squad by Ferguson. United have beaten Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea away from home and Liverpool and Arsenal at Old Trafford – edging all five games by the odd goal – demonstrating their ability to find a way to win a match.

United’s intensity will surely have been heightened after the heartbreak of losing the title to Manchester City last season – and it is a testament to Ferguson’s management that he is driving this squad to such record-breaking heights.

Brighton 2 Derby 1: Brighton remain undefeated in 2013

Brighton 2 Derby 1: Barnes and Orlandi see Seagulls continue fine run

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17:51 GMT, 12 January 2013

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UPDATED:

17:52 GMT, 12 January 2013

Brighton maintained their 100 per cent start to 2013 with a 2-1 npower Championship victory over Derby.

Inigo Calderon made an impressive return from injury with a hand in both of Albion's goals, which were scored by Ashley Barnes in the second minute and Andrea Orlandi after 25.

The Spaniard might have got on the scoresheet himself at the start of the second half but his glancing header went wide.

Derby manager Nigel Clough, who this week celebrated four years in the job, saw his side create very little as the Rams slipped to an eighth away league loss of the season.

Jeff Hendrick did pull a goal back midway through the second half but the Rams never really looked like rescuing anything from the game.

Undefeated so far: Brighton have to lose in 2013

Undefeated so far: Brighton have to lose in 2013

MATCH FACTS

Brighton: Kuszczak, Calderon, Greer, El-Abd, Bridge, Orlandi (Dicker 76), Hammond, Bridcutt, Buckley (LuaLua 76), David Lopez (Crofts 88), Barnes.

Subs: Ankergren, Dunk, Hoskins, Vicente.

Booked: Orlandi, Bridge

Goals: Barnes 2, Orlandi 25

Derby: Legzdins, Brayford, Keogh, Roberts, Coutts, Davies, Hendrick, O'Brien (Robinson 87), Hughes (Ward 45), Sammon, Freeman (Jacobs 62).

Subs: Fielding, Tyson, O'Connor, Bennett.

Booked: Freeman, Davies, O'Brien, Jacobs.

Goals: Hendrick 70

Referee: Iain Williamson

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Brighton boss Gus Poyet made three changes to the side that started the FA Cup win over Newcastle last weekend.

Tomasz Kuszczak replaced Casper
Ankergren in goal while Calderon returned at right-back following a knee
problem, so David Lopez moved back into midfield with Gary Dicker
dropping to the bench.

Leading scorer Craig Mackail-Smith missed out due to a hamstring injury but Will Buckley was fit to return to the side.

Vicente was in the Albion squad for the first time since the opening week of the season following a persistent thigh problem.

Kieron Freeman started for Derby in the only change made by Clough.

Freeman made only his second start – and
a first in his preferred position of right-back – as John Brayford was
moved into a five-man midfield. The switch saw Michael Jacobs miss out.

Jacobs was joined on the bench by forward Jamie Ward, who has struggled with a hamstring problem for the past three months.

Less than 80 seconds were on the clock when Brighton took the lead with a beautifully crafted goal.

Calderon spotted Lopez breaking into the
right-hand side of the penalty area and Lopez picked out a low pass
which set up Barnes to tap in from very close range.

Soon afterwards, the hosts extended their lead with a goal made in Spain.

Lopez teed up Calderon who whipped in a
cross from the right and Orlandi got in front of his marker to thump a
header into the roof of the net, leaving Rams goalkeeper Adam Legzdins
with no chance.

The roles were almost reversed three
minutes after the break when Orlandi's cross was headed wide by
Calderon, who failed to make proper contact with the ball.

Ward, introduced in first-half injury
time after Derby's highly-rated teenager Will Hughes hobbled off, sent a
20-yard shot narrowly over the crossbar in the 52nd minute.

Brighton almost went 3-0 ahead after 63 minutes, hitting the visitors on the counter-attack.

Lopez, on the right, released Buckley with a perfectly-timed diagonal pass but his shot was blocked by Legzdins.

The Albion striker was denied by
Legzdins again soon afterwards, this time from point-blank range, before
the rebound was scrambled off the line by a defender.

What had looked like a stroll in the
rain suddenly turned into a nervous finale for Poyet's side when
Hendrick got a touch to Ward's driven free-kick to divert the ball past
Kuszczak.

Derby piled players forward in search of an equaliser without really threatening Kuszczak's goal.

Brighton saw out the game and potential
new Albion signing Leonardo Ulloa, watching from the directors' box,
would have been impressed by just about every aspect of the afternoon –
except perhaps the weather.

Derby and Watford want Wes Thomas

Derby and Watford lead race to sign Cherries striker Thomas

By
James Andrew

PUBLISHED:

17:10 GMT, 9 January 2013

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UPDATED:

17:10 GMT, 9 January 2013

Championship duo Derby and Watford are chasing Bournemouth striker Wes Thomas.

The 25-year-old enjoyed a successful loan spell at Blackpool at the end of last year where he scored three times in nine games during his stay in the north west.

But Thomas has returned to League One Bournemouth and seen his first team chances at the Goldsands Stadium restricted by the return of Brett Pitman, and is attracting interest from the Championship pair.

On the move: Wes Thomas (right) is a target for Derby and Watford

On the move: Wes Thomas (right) is a target for Derby and Watford

Both Nigel Clough and Gianfranco Zola are keen to bolster their strike force as they try to mount a promotion push in the second half of the season.

Eddie Howe is looking get Bournemouth out of League One but Sportsmail understands he is willing to listen to offers for Thomas.

Burnley 2 Derby 0 match report: Austin on target as Claret extend hoodoo over Rams

Burnley 2 Derby 0: Austin on target as Claret extend hoodoo over Rams

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18:04 GMT, 26 December 2012

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UPDATED:

18:04 GMT, 26 December 2012

Charlie Austin scored his 23rd goal
of the season to set Burnley on their way to a first victory in six
npower Championship matches as Derby were beaten 2-0 at Turf Moor.

Austin struck five minutes before
half-time. The former Swindon striker was at his predatory best to turn
the ball into the net after the visitors failed to deal with Kieran
Trippier's cross.

Hot shot: Burney's Charlie Austin

Hot shot: Burney's Charlie Austin

Match facts

Burnley: Grant, Trippier, Duff, Shackell, Lafferty, Wallace, Marney, McCann, Paterson (Treacy 62), Ings (Stock 72), Austin (Vokes 68). Subs Not Used: Jensen, Edgar, Mills, Bartley.

Booked: Wallace, McCann, Treacy, Grant.

Goals: Austin 40, Duff 74.

Derby: Legzdins, Brayford, O'Brien (O'Connor 83), Keogh, Roberts, Hughes, Jacobs, Hendrick, Coutts, Bryson (Tyson 65), Sammon (Robinson 72). Subs Not Used: Fielding, Doyle, Davies, Freeman.

Booked: Robinson.

Att: 13,779

Ref: Andy Haines (Tyne & Wear).

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Some more poor defending cost the Rams after 74 minutes when Michael Duff headed in the second goal.

In a game of few chances, it was enough to see Burnley maintain their recent stranglehold over Derby. The Clarets are now unbeaten in eight games against the Rams, winning six.

Danny Lafferty returned from injury for the hosts, replacing Joseph Mills at left-back in the only change made by boss Sean Dyche.

Derby manager Nigel Clough also made one change, recalling the fit again Mark O'Brien as James O'Connor dropped back down to the bench.

Rams goalkeeper Adam Legzdins saved early on from Martin Paterson before Chris McCann and Ross Wallace had efforts blocked by Richard Keogh and Conor Sammon respectively.

The visitors replied through Paul Coutts, an old favourite at Burnley's rivals Preston, but Lafferty got in the way of his shot.

Dean Marney headed weakly wide just after the half hour mark from a good far-post position before Austin struck.

Trippier's cross from the right-hand side was not properly cleared and Austin swept a low shot past Legzdins from 12 yards out.

Derby might have equalised before the break but O'Brien headed wide from Michael Jacobs' free-kick.

O'Brien made a block to deny Austin another goal early in the second half and Wallace's shot from the right side of the penalty area hit a post just before the hour.

Austin miscued from close range but Burnley eventually got their second goal when Derby seemingly ignored Duff and he headed in Wallace's corner at the far post.

Substitute Brian Stock worked Legzdins with a long-range effort late on.
Derby substitute Theo Robinson had the last chance of the game but missed the target from 12 yards out as the Rams suffered a seventh away loss in the league this season.

Premier League Tottenham, Chelsea and Fulham set to bid for Derby"s Will Hughes

Spurs, Chelsea and Fulham set to bid for Derby's 10m teenager Hughes

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11:04 GMT, 24 December 2012

Derby face a struggle to keep hold of Will Hughes after a series of fine performances caught the attention of Premier League Tottenham, Chelsea and Fulham.

The teenage midfielder is set to attract bids as soon as the January transfer window opens and with a fee of 10m thought to be enough to persuade Derby's American owners to sell – 6m plus add-ons would also be considered – the greatest question could surround whether he is to remain in the Championship until the season's end.

As Tottenham have done in the past, their interest surrounds buying a promising individual while their value remains competitive but it should not be overlooked that central midfield is an area in which they are already heavily stocked.

Tottenham, Chelsea and Fulham target Will Hughes

Vultures circling: The talented Hughes is interesting Tottenham, Chelsea and Fulham

Chelsea also have a high competition for places which means that any potential move to those two would most likely result in him being loaned back to Derby for the rest of the season. Fulham, however, already consider him ready to challenge for a first-team place but are ultimately at risk of being outbid by their London rivals.

The January transfer window could come to define Derby's season. Manager Nigel Clough has led them to play-off contention but with right-back John Brayford attracting the interest of both Cardiff and West Ham, and the former on the verge of agreeing a fee with the Rams, his exit also appears likely.

Pulling his weight: Hughes is thought of as one of the Championship's greatest players

Pulling his weight: Hughes is thought of as one of the Championship's greatest talents

Derby 1 Hull 2: Abdoulaye Faye scores winner

Derby 1 Hull 2: Bruce is back on top as Faye winner fires up Tigers

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23:27 GMT, 21 December 2012

Steve Bruce brushed aside any thoughts of personal vindication as his Hull side jumped into the Championship’s promotion places.

The genial Geordie was facing life on the managerial scrapheap 12 months ago after being dumped by Sunderland.

But Bruce is not a man to sit licking his wounds for long. After four away victories on the trot only Cardiff are looking down on his team – and that by virtue of a superior goal difference.

Winner: Faye (second right) wheels away after scoring

Winner: Faye (second right) wheels away after scoring

MATCH FACTS

Derby: Legzdins, Brayford, Keogh, O'Connor, Roberts (Davies 87), Coutts, Bryson, Hughes, Hendrick, Jacobs (Robinson 78), Sammon.

Subs Not Used: Fielding, Tyson, O'Brien, Gjokaj, Freeman.

Goals: Jacobs 45.

Hull: Jakupovic, Chester, Hobbs, Faye, Elmohamady, Quinn, Evans, Brady, Meyler, Koren (Cairney 89), Simpson (Proschwitz 76).

Subs Not Used: Amos, Rosenior, Mclean, McShane, Olofinjana.

Booked: Chester, Meyler, Evans.

Goals: Koren 25, Faye 50.

Attendance: 25,442

Referee: Darren Sheldrake (Surrey).

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This was, in many ways, a classic away
victory at a ground where Nigel Clough has made his energetic and
youthful Derby side a tough nut to crack.

Indeed, this game was wide open at the interval. Robert Koren marked his
100th appearance for Hull with a 25th-minute goal following a
well-worked move.

On the stroke of half time Derby midfielder Michael Jacobs scored his
first goal for the club after controlling neatly and thumping home a
25-yard volley.

But Abdoulaye Faye’s 50th-minute header from the outstanding Robbie
Brady’s corner earned the division’s best travellers their seventh away
win.

‘It’s been some year,’ said Bruce. ‘For me, it was just a case of
whether I had the appetite for it but you know me. I want to work and
obviously I’m pleased.

‘But I’m more pleased for my owners Assem and Ehab Allam. I think they
have pumped something like 60million into Hull City. The club would
already be in oblivion without them.

‘Outside of Hull, nobody seems to give a damn about us. We were 33-1
shots for promotion at the start of the season and we have not been on
the radar but in our “principality of Hull” we are doing OK.’

Opener: Robert Koren gave Hull a first-half lead

Opener: Robert Koren gave Hull a first-half lead

The charge has been levelled at Bruce that he was too stuck in the past
to embrace new methods. But clarity of thought has seen him deploy three
centre halves.

Derby, reborn themselves under Clough, had lost only once in their last
11 home games prior to this. Clough’s side, who look vastly times
improved from the indisciplined, injury-ravaged crew he inherited four
years ago, had already allowed their concentration to lapse and fallen
behind after 25 minutes with what was, effectively, Hull’s first effort
on target.

Jacobs’ cracker levelled on the stroke of half time but once Faye converted there was no way back for the hosts.

Bruce was magnanimous at the final whistle, conceding that Derby had made life difficult for his team in the first half.

Clough was encouraged, too. The Derby manager said: ‘We have now lost
only two games at Pride Park this season. We must be doing something
right.’

Judging by the Championship table, so must Bruce.

Bristol City 0 Derby 2: match report

Bristol City 0 Derby 2: Rams raid in double-quick time to end road woes

PUBLISHED:

17:31 GMT, 15 December 2012

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17:31 GMT, 15 December 2012

Two goals in two first-half minutes gave play-off chasing Derby their first away win since October.

Jeff Hendrick volleyed Nigel Clough's side into the lead in the 34th minute before Craig Bryson nodded home a second to delight the 846 travelling fans.

Rams on the rise: Jeff Hendrick (centre) scores Derby's first goal

Rams on the rise: Jeff Hendrick (centre) scores Derby's first goal

Match facts

BRISTOL CITY: Heaton, Foster, Bates (Cunningham 44), McManus, Fontaine, Adomah, Dannis, Elliott, Bryan (Stead 71), Baldock, Taylor (Davies 46). Subs not used: Geken, Wilson, Pearson, Anderson.

Booked: Davies.

DERBY: Legzdins, Brayford, O'Brien (Freeman 87), Keogh, Roberts, Coutts, Hendrick, Hughes (O'Connor 90), Jacobs, Bryson (Davies 68), Sammon. Subs not used: Fielding, Tyson, Robinson, Doyle.

Goals: Hendrick 34, Bryson 36

Booked: Coutts, Hendrick

Referee: Andy D'Urso

Att: 12,526

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The Rams had goalkeeper Adam Legzdins
to thank for keeping their two-goal lead intact though, pulling off a
string of fine stops to help his side to a rare away victory.

Derby made the trip to Ashton Gate
looking to end a run of four straight npower Championship defeats and
they almost made the perfect start within six minutes when Paul Coutts'
corner was met by the right foot of Michael Jacobs but Tom Heaton
superbly tipped his clever flick around the post.

Sam Baldock's two goals helped City
to record a vital victory at Hillsborough last weekend and a fine save
from Legzdins stopped him from scoring yet again after Ryan Taylor
picked out the former MK Dons striker.

And Taylor was involved in the home
side's next chance but Albert Adomah fired over the bar after the ball
was rolled into his path.

The Robins had conceded more goals
than any other side in the division coming into this match and they let
in their 44th of the campaign in the 34th minute when Jacobs' cross
found Hendrick on the edge of the six-yard box.

And just two minutes later that lead
was doubled when Gareth Roberts swung a ball in from the left wing that
Bryson nodded past Heaton from five yards out.

City almost found an instant
response just seconds later when Adomah rampaged forward and set up
Baldock but his effort was kept out by the quick reactions of Legzdins.

Derek McInnes shuffled his pack at
half-time with Taylor being replaced by top scorer Steve Davies as they
searched for their first home win since August 25, a run stretching back
eight games.

But the visitors, who came into this
clash just three points off a play-off place, had the first real chance
of the second half when Jacobs' effort from the edge of the box was
deflected wide by Stephen McManus.

Just two minutes later Davies headed
Adomah's corner wide from 12 yards out and in the 74th minute the Scot's
came close to his ninth of the season with a 20-yard curling effort
which was saved well by Legzdins.

City were really upping the ante and had another two chances in quick succession.

First Baldock fired over the bar
before Adomah's looping cross found defender Liam Fontaine and his
close-range header forced Legzdins into a superb save.

Bristol City striker Jon Stead made a
welcome return from injury for the Robins but his only real chance, a
long range effort with five minutes to go, was comfortably saved by the
Derby keeper.

And Legzdins was called into action once again minutes later to push away Adomah's volley.