Derby Are Ticking Along Nicely

Come the end of the season, the game against Sheffield Wednesday will be quickly forgotten. For two weeks running Derby took an early lead yet both times made victory far more difficult than it had to be. That is what happens when teams are in transition though and Derby, whilst taking nine points from the last 15, are frustrating to watch. They seem to be a side that struggle to manage a game when ahead. Never quite sure whether to stick or twist. When at home, against ten men surrounded… Read More

October 21, 2017 - Joel Clyne

Player Ratings: Nottingham Forest

Scott Carson – 7.5 Solid as ever. Made some important saves at some key moments. Nice that he got a clean sheet on his 100th Rams appearance. Andre Wisdom – 6.5 Solid and unspectacular. Exactly what you want from your full back. Richard Keogh – 7 Maintains his excellent start to the season. Solid as ever. Didn’t put a foot wrong. His partnership with Davies has been one of the real plus points so far. Curtis Davies – 7 Dealt with the threat of Daryl Murphy. Frustrating in possession at… Read More

October 15, 2017 - Joel Clyne

A Few Thoughts: Post-Forest

Matej Vydra always scores against Nottingham Forest. Eight times previously. Make that nine, 24 seconds after kick off in an explosive start at Pride Park. The international break was predictably dull and it was great to have league football back, especially when it starts like that. Derby were in need of a win after three successive draws and they rode their luck through parts of this game. Forest, despite their horrendous start, were good in possession and controlled the first half creating chances and putting the home crowd on edge.… Read More

October 15, 2017 - Joel Clyne

Podcast Eight Part Two

Part Two with Ollie (@derbycountyblog) chatting all things Birmingham, transfer windows and Forest.

September 25, 2017 - Joel Clyne

Podcast 8 Part One

Part One. Chat with Chris (@cspaceram) on Birmingham, the summer transfer window and the upcoming fixtures.

September 24, 2017 - Joel Clyne

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