Bristol City 1-1 Derby: Daily Mirror match report
Published 21:28 01/04/12 By Richard Latham
Brett Pitman hopes his brilliant equaliser will at last convince City boss Derek McInnes that he is worth a regular place.
The striker has spent much of the season as a frustrated substitute and was left out of the squad altogether for the previous game at Middlesbrough.
Pitman responded with his second touch of the ball after replacing Hogan Ephraim on 72 minutes, sweeping a superb right-footed shot across Derby keeper Frank Fielding into the top corner from just outside the box.
When interviewed after the game the striker had the stats committed to memory to back his case for more full appearances.
“I have started ten games this season and scored seven goals. Last season it was 13 goals from 21 starts,” he said.
“I think those figures speak for themselves. The most consecutive starts I have had this season is four, which isn‘t enough for any striker.
“I was disappointed to be left out at Middlesbrough and trained hard during the week to prove my point.
“The goal was probably my most important for City. The two I got as a sub to earn us a point against Crystal Palace were special, but with games running out we couldn’t afford to lose this one.”
Derby controlled the game for long periods after Craig Bryson shot them in front from a Jeff Hendrick cross on 20 minutes.
Steve Davies hit a post with a 60th minute volley and boss Nigel Clough was frustrated at not coming away with all three points.
“I can’t say we were robbed because City scrapped for 90 minutes and their equaliser was a great strike,” said Clough.
“But we certainly played well and if we can maintain the standards of recent weeks over our last six games I shall be very happy.”
City manager Derek McInnes admitted his side didn’t perform, but felt they should have had two penalties.
Jake Buxton appeared to block Jon Stead’s 23rd minute volley with his arms and the same player escaped punishment for a push on Pitman in the dying moments.
“I don’t know what we have to do to get a penalty at this club,” said McInnes.
“The defender had both hands above his head to block Stead’s shot.”
The result saw City slip into the Championship relegation zone. They now face massive Easter games against fellow strugglers Nottingham Forest and Coventry City.