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Bristol City 3-2 Derby: £4m new boy Nahki Wells and on loan Filip Benkovic bag first goals for club as Robins boost play-off push despite late fightback

By Press Association

Published: 21:48 GMT, 12 February 2020 | Updated: 22:06 GMT, 12 February 2020

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Nahki Wells scored his first goal for Bristol City as they held off a spirited comeback from Derby to claim a thrilling Sky Bet Championship victory at Ashton Gate.

The hosts took a 38th-minute lead when Niclas Eliasson's deep cross from the right was volleyed back across goal by Jay Dasilva for Wells to mark his first start for the Robins with a powerful header.

It was 2-0 just before the break as Derby were again found wanting in the air. Famara Diedhiou's header from a right-wing corner was blocked, but centre-back Filip Benkovic pounced to nod home.

Forward Nahki Wells opened his account for Bristol City followng £4m switch from Burnley

Forward Nahki Wells opened his account for Bristol City followng £4m switch from Burnley

The Rams did not learn their lesson and Ashley Williams headed down another Eliasson cross for Diedhiou to volley home a third after 58 minutes.

It looked to be all over, but three minutes later Martyn Waghorn dived to head home a Max Lowe cross and spark a spell of intense Derby pressure.

Chris Martin tapped home a low cross from Tom Lawrence in the 82nd minute to set up a frantic finish in which Lawrence had a deflected shot saved by City goalkeeper Dan Bentley.

The Bristol City striker headed home from close range in the 38th minute on Wednesday

The Bristol City striker headed home from close range in the 38th minute on Wednesday

MATCH FACTS AND LEAGUE TABLE

Bristol City: Bentley, Hunt, Williams, Benkovic, Dasilva, Eliasson (Weimann 86), Smith (O'Dowda 78), Henriksen, Paterson, Diedhiou, Wells (Rowe 77).

Subs Not Used: Baker, Pereira, Wollacott, Palmer.

Goals: Wells 38, Benkovic 44, Diedhiou 58.

Derby: Hamer, Bogle, Wisdom, Clarke, Lowe, Bird (Marriott 89), Holmes, Waghorn, Rooney, Lawrence,

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