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BBC Sport's Simon Mann
"A vibrant game"
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Bristol City manager Danny Wilson
"It was a terrific game"
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Friday, 22 December, 2000, 23:18 GMT
Bristol City 3-2 Bristol Rovers
After falling behind to a goal after 28 seconds Bristol City recovered to take all three points from the Bristol derby with a 3-2 win.

Bristol Rovers silenced the home fans within moments of the kick off when Marcus Bignot was sent through to score his first ever league goal.

Despite concerted pressure, when Keith Millen and Mickey Bell both went close, City were unable to breakdown their visitors until early in the second half.

The change in the Robins' fortune came in the 49th minute when Peter Beadle was introduced at the expense of the injured Lee Peacock.

A brace of goals soon followed, the first of which was made by Beadle before the former Rovers striker scored the second.

Within moments of coming on Beadle gave Millen the chance to scramble in an equaliser before heading a second six minutes later.

City's attacking style paid off and as they poured forward with new found belief Tony Thorpe made it 3-1 heading in a Matt Hill cross on 74 minutes.

An entertaining match was given the finish it deserved when only four minutes later Martin Cameron latched onto a Lewis Hogg pass and blazed the ball into the net.

The final moments were given extra spice as tempers began to flare but when the final whistle went it was the City fans filing into the Bristol night celebrating a deserved win.


Bristol City: Phillips, Carey, Bell, Millen, Murray, Thorpe, Hill, Peacock, Aaron Brown, Tinnion, Clist.
Subs: Beadle, Amankwaah, Goodridge, Burnell, Malessa.

Bristol Rovers: Culkin, Foster, Jones, Thomson, Pethick, Bignot, Bryant, Hogg, Evans, Ellington, Cameron.
Subs: Vaaler, Meaker, Astafjevs, Mauge, Challis.

Referee: C Wilkes (Gloucester).

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