Preston Player Ratings

Scott Carson 6 Didn’t have much to do. Reliable when called upon. Andre Wisdom 6.5 Good game. Solid. Richard Keogh 7.5 Strong and commanding. Has had a really good start to the campaign. Curtis Davies 6 A bit shaky at times. Wasn’t overly comfortable in possession and caught out of position a few times. Marcus Olsson 7.5 Solid game, nothing got past him. A threat going forward. Bradley Johnson 6 Didn’t have much of an impact on the game. Tom Huddlestone 7.5 Strong and smart. Good in possession. An outlet… Read More

August 16, 2017 - Joel Clyne

Transfer Musings

It was mentioned on our most recent podcast that it’d probably take Gary Rowett about three transfer windows to get the exact squad that he wants at Derby. Make no mistake, Rowett has found this summer’s window frustrating. He almost certainly hasn’t been helped with another boom in transfer prices whereby nobody really knows the true value of any player. The Premier League is so rich now that clubs like ourselves are finding it increasingly difficult to do business with them. The Tom Lawrence deal looks as if it’s going… Read More

August 14, 2017 - Joel Clyne

A Few Thoughts: Wolves (h)

Football was back last weekend but it feels like it’s properly back now that all hope and optimism that’s always there at the start of the season has been drained after a dreadful defeat to Wolves this afternoon. Derby were ok for the opening half an hour. They were composed in possession albeit a bit meaningless with little created. Nuno Espirito certainly spent pre-season well and his expensively assembled squad looked well drilled. Wolves were happy to sit in their half, remain compact and hold their shape to frustrate Derby… Read More

August 12, 2017 - Joel Clyne

Podcast Seven

Reaction to the opening game of the 2017/18 Championship season against Sunderland. There’s talk about the summers transfer dealings, expectation for the rest of the… Listen Now

August 06, 2017 - Joel Clyne

Opening Day Thoughts

So how much can you read into the opening game of the season? It’s easy to forget just how long the season is when you’ve waited all summer for a competitive ball to be kicked and a draw, away from home, against a relegated side is far from the worst result. However, here was a side low on confidence who’d taken a battering on the pitch the weekend previous and hammering off it once Darron Gibson’s head had stopped spinning. Sunderland were wounded animal before a ball had even been… Read More

August 05, 2017 - Joel Clyne

Derby’s Smart Summer

When Gary Rowett was unveiled as manager a few months back, myself and a few other supporters were fortunate enough to meet him that evening. I remember thinking at the time, is it you? Are you the one that’s actually going to get this club out of the division and give me the memories that will last a lifetime? Rowett spoke well at the end of what must have been a pretty knackering day. He usually does in fairness and I was impressed but a lot of bullshit gets spouted… Read More

July 16, 2017 - Joel Clyne

Weekly Summer Roundup Six

Derby returned from their pre-season training camp in Tenerife earlier this week with the start of the season now firmly on the horizon. Their first game of pre-season was against Kidiminster Harriers, managed by ex-Ram John Eustace. Eustace did a nice interview on the official club site before the game talking about his coaching career (one season, play off finalist) and his time at Derby and his disappointment at how his playing career came to an end. Eustace was the type of player every club needs – solid and knows… Read More

July 13, 2017 - Joel Clyne

Cya Cyrus

Cyrus Christie is off to Middlesbrough for a deal around £2.5million with a sell on clause of 15%. Christie has entered the final year of his contract so the fee was always going to be lower than if he had time to run on it. It’d be interesting to know his value had he got two or three years left on his contract. Gary Rowett seems intent on building a more solid base for Derby to operate from. Christie, who’s strongest going forward rather than back, doesn’t fit into what… Read More

July 07, 2017 - Joel Clyne

Weekly Summer Roundup Five

From the highs of Andre Wisdom last week to the lows of Will Hughes this. After being linked with the majority of clubs since his breakthrough into the Derby side it seems that now is the time when Hughes will finally seal a move away from Pride Park. The proposed move to Watford has raised a few eyebrows. The rumoured fee was expected to be higher and the stature of the club was meant to be better and as such there’s some unrest amongst the fan base. There’s also the… Read More

June 22, 2017 - Joel Clyne

Weekly Summer Roundup Four

It would appear that Andre Wisdom will become Derby’s second signing of the summer after club agreed a fee with Liverpool and personal terms with the player himself. We’re just short of a signature at the moment. I can’t remember our club announcing the imminent arrival of a player without him actually being signed but it would appear that everything is agreed and we’re just waiting for the player to return from his holiday and navigate his way to the training ground. *ahem* Odd announcements aside, this is an excellent… Read More

June 16, 2017 - Joel Clyne