Filip Benkovic was one of the arrivals at Ashton Gate last month as he arrived on loan from Leicester City until the end of the season.
The defender came on against Birmingham City in the 3-1 defeat at home last Friday and found himself at fault for the third goal when Lukas Jutkiewicz managed to out-muscle him, turn and stick the ball past Dan Bentley.
Manager Lee Johnson then made the decision to start him when Derby came to town last night, partnering him alongside the experienced Ashley Williams in the heart of the defence.
The 22-year-old stood up to the test well and was one of the standout performers for the Robins.
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The defender managed to make a contribution in the attacking third during the first half as he nodded in a rebound after Famara Diedhiou had a header cleared off the line from a Niclas Eliasson corner.
The defender’s passing out from the back was impressive as he kept things simple and the play never went static when the ball was at his feet with passes into the feet of Ashley Williams, Korey Smith and Markus Henriksen. Derby sat back and refused to pressure the home defence when they had the ball.
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Benkovic’s long passes out from defence were impressive as he showed how two-footed he can be. In the first half, he switched the play to the right touchline for Jack Hunt to bring down and immediately play down the channel for Eliasson.
He then used his left foot to play a long ball in between Derby’s Jayden Bogle and Andre Wisdom for Diedhiou to race onto and earn a corner near the by-line.
In the second half, he then played a clipped pass right onto the chest of Hunt which allowed him to drive inside.
While Benkovic was showing how composed he was on the ball, he also showed his anticipation as he managed to intercept five passes across the night which stopped Derby attacks in their tracks.
He produced a crucial block in second-half stoppage time to prevent a shot from Wisdom heading towards the far corner.
He also completed one successful sliding tackle as he won the ball from Chris Martin when Derby looked to counter from a corner in the first half.
Bristol City fans were left excited by the performance their new defender put in and they will be looking to see more of him across the next few months.