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MetiNews.Com - Covid can't keep City down as Dean Holden's side make it three wins in a row.
Breaking News ! A triumphant return to Championship football saw the Robins pick up where they left off following the Severnside Derby, a win coming after an international break at last, which had not happened since 14 September last year after Ashley Williams came on to help beat Stoke City. No doubt it's been a heck of a two weeks for the head coach and his staff, with the whole club impacted by the covid outbreak (but strangely not so much that the club felt right to explain to supporters what the exact case was via a public statement; on the pitch it looks promising, off the pitch still lagging at times). But this was a great win for the West Country men. There's no messing around when it comes to the pandemic or we would have headlined this Bristol City 1 Covid-19 0. Read More Related Articles 'Delicious' - Bristol City player ratings after Robins grab three points off Derby County Saturday's win was borne of true heart, spirit and soul and helps keep City on the right path, after they saw off a Derby County side who posed plenty of problems and could have won the game themselves on another day. The team in red roll on and hopefully the players' fantastic exertions can carry on across this manic period of nine games before Christmas. Dean Holden delighted with big win To be isolating for 10 days, for the squad to be disbanded and to lose the use of the training ground - it was indeed not 'ideal' preparation as Holden said before and after the game. To have just two training sessions before the match was hapless but an unfortunate sign of the times across the EFL, with the Championship bound to be affected at some point. Covid has soared in the South West and Bristol was recently named as seeing the fourth highest rate of infection in the country, a sad and real backdrop to the last week for one of its largest local football clubs. Read More Related Articles Bristol City 1-0 Derby County reaction: late Famara Diedhiou goal sees off Rooney's Rams Read More Related Articles Every word from Dean Holden following win over Derby County after Covid outbreak "It's been a real terrible time since that Cardiff game," explained Holden after the match. "We've been worried for people's welfare. When you get a positive test it's a real worrying time." Although strangely the head coach also said after the game that at no point was postponing the fixture ever thought about, contradicting his message. But that is not to query the great job Holden and all of his staff have done over the last days. His team slugged it out to the end and their capacity to fight for the result was rewarded when Famara Diedhiou netted with 12 minutes to go. Holden - of course - talked up Derby afterwards, and the visitors can consider themselves unlucky to not take something from Ashton Gate other than the hand-scrawled notes passed to Wayne Rooney in the middle of the pitch (explained after the game by Liam Rosenior as the change of shape that the Rams wished to move to). An important victory built on sheer guts and team spirit. Holden beamed with pride after the second successive 1-0 win and so he should. He was also tetchy when asked after the game to be objective on his side's performance - perhaps a real indication of just how hard the club was hit. The club refused to say before the match how many people had been affected, with confirmation afterwards that it was more than 10 (as reported originally by The Telegraph). Bristol City head coach Dean Holden (Image: Rogan/JMP) One source has suggested to Bristol Live that up to 17 people were given positives. And if correct then again it shows just how tough the last two weeks have been and how great the result was. Thankfully it is now time to move on and we hope that all those affected can recover fully and well. City get the job done The Robins played like a team who had not been able to prepare properly beforehand at times on Saturday but they still won. As many supporters remarked afterwards, this might well be their most impressive victory of the season.
. City looked understandably lethargic and sluggish at certain points and Derby County showed greater intensity, which was to be expected. The home side matched them in the crucial duels however and did enough to grab the three points, with Zak Vyner (most interceptions in the game; 4), Jack Hunt (joint most key passes; 3) and Antoine Semenyo (joint most shots; 4) all putting in good displays. It was a Derby County side bottom of the league and yes, they may well rise up the Championship but it should also not be forgotten that no side in the whole Football League has scored fewer goals than the toothless Rams now. Their local reporter pointed out that their poor form is now extending to a fair while. They have issues. "Bristol City had their backs up against the wall for long periods of the game," said former City player Chris Honor of the match on BBC Radio Bristol and he was not wrong. City had to dig deep, ceding possession and territory for spells. But they came through it and snatched the three points when a draw possibly looked more likely. A handy trait may be developing after the similar win at Cardiff. Diedhiou finally gets going
Famara Diedhiou of Bristol City celebrates with Antoine Semenyo after scoring a goal to make it 1-0
We called for more goals from Diedhiou and Wells recently and so the Senegalese powerhouse striker must have read the piece. It was surely just a matter of time before he got going this campaign. His left-foot sweep into the goal was well taken, composed and hopefully may kickstart a few more strikes over the coming weeks. If City can now get the 27-year-old firing just even semi-regularly then he could be a potent weapon from the bench. Diedhiou has been one of those to test positive for covid recently, but thankfully after the game he explained that he is okay now, and was only down for the first two days of the infection. He roared back to something of his old self with his 39th league goal for the club.
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Liam Rosenior's anger at Keith Stroud It's a feeling that many City supporter will be familiar with: despair at the decisions of referee Stroud. Only this time it was for the opposition. Former City player Liam Rosenior was the one expressing frustration after the game. "He [Paterson] pulled him [Holmes] back in the box, he gets a yellow card, and the penalty is not given! "I have watched a lot of football in my life, and I have never seen that," he said of a first-half decision that went for the Robins. Some eventual karma for Bristol City fans? "I am not here to sit and make excuses, but for me it is a decision I cannot get my head around. It is a clear penalty because he (the referee) books him, so there is a foul. So give the penalty, I don't understand how he cannot give a penalty in that situation. To make matters worse for us there is a clear penalty on Matt Clarke in the last minutes of the game," he added.
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