Another Feb Failure

The February drop off is absolutely mad. It’s weird. And it’s mad. And it doesn’t make much sense that it keeps happening. Did I mention that it was mad? Anyway, here’s me going through a few of the reasons why it’s happened this time round. Injuries Mason Mount and Jack Marriott are essentially irreplaceable. Tom Lawrence, to a lesser extent, can be thrown into that category too. There’s a lack of creativity without Mount and Lawrence and there’s a lack of goals without Marriott. To lose the three of them…

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March 03, 2019 - Joel Clyne

Frankly in Love

It’s Tuesday 21st August, Derby have beaten Ipswich in a nervy game to give Frank Lampard his first home win for Derby. It’s relatively late to be heading to a restaurant, especially on a Tuesday night, but Frank does so and even though it’s close to closing time, the owner of the restaurant serves Lampard his meal. Upon doing so, the owner mentions to Lampard that he’s in London in a few weeks and asks for a restaurant recommendation himself. Lampard tells the owner to leave it with him. The…

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September 10, 2018 - Joel Clyne

Preston Preview / Ipswich Review

How often in a season do you hear that there’s no easy games in the Championship? It’s probably a tired cliche but I’m not one for originality so Tuesday’s hard fought victory over Ipswich wasn’t an easy game and neither will Saturday’s game against Preston. Derby really needed that win on Tuesday. Two tame defeats had gone some way to deflate a fan base that was hugely encouraged and excited by the displays from a pre-season. The passing was quick and incisive. The movement good. And they played on the…

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August 24, 2018 - Joel Clyne

Millwall Away: Naivety Costs Rams

In short, Derby cannot keep gifting goals as they have been doing. Leeds were good last week but the final two goals especially were preventable. The same can be said again today at Millwall. Derby were naive and paid the price in gifting the opening two goals. At any level gifting goals is absolutely criminal. The first was an awfully defended set piece in which the ball travelled past everybody before finding the corner of the net. There was an element of fortune in the second in that it was…

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August 18, 2018 - Joel Clyne

Leeds United (Home) Back Down To Earth With A Bump

Bump. Well, it was more of a thud than anything but it’s back to reality after last Friday’s late drama at Reading. Derby were completely outclassed by a brilliant Leeds United side who have taken superbly to Marcelo Bielsa’s approach. The work rate and fitness of Leeds was astounding. It was almost like playing a game of FIFA with all your players on sprint such was the speed in which they got around the pitch and swarmed all over Derby when in possession. Their movement was exceptional too with their…

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August 11, 2018 - Joel Clyne


Another day, another new signing for Derby and another smart addition by Frank Lampard and his team. Coming in off the back of an excellent season with Ipswich (16 goals and 11 assists), Waghorn will bring pace, work rate and strong finishing to Derby’s attack. He’ll also help take the burden off David Nugent who has impressed Lampard since his arrival but he can’t be expected to run the line for a 46 game season. Waghorn also takes an excellent set piece (check out the video here) which is a…

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August 08, 2018 - Joel Clyne

Matej Vydra / Nahki Wells

The latest is that Matej Vydra will leave and Nahki Wells will arrive on a season long loan deal. I think it’s fair to assume that the majority of us were surprised when Wells was mentioned as part of the deal. Derby are in need of shipping players out, not getting more in so the addition to Wells to the side doesn’t make too much sense. It feels a little like Derby have been boxed into a corner over this deal. There appears to be little interest elsewhere for Vydra…

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August 07, 2018 - Joel Clyne

Martyn Waghorn

Derby have matched Middlesbrough’s bid of £5million and are now favourites to sign the player according to John Percy at the Telegraph. Percy has an excellent record in getting things right when it comes to the club and appears to be their favoured journalist when it comes to breaking news of bids. £5million is a lot for a player who only last year cost a potato. Or something like that. I think that’s what got Tweeted. Either way, he was cheap from Rangers when he signed for Ipswich and he…

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August 05, 2018 - Joel Clyne

Joe Bryan / Max Lowe / Craig Forsyth

The Joe Bryan to Derby story came out of the blue last week and with another link in this weekends papers, it would seem that there is a genuine interest in the Bristol full back. Bryan is in the last year of his contract with Bristol and it seems unlikely that he’ll sign a new one despite manager Lee Johnson saying that he’d expect him to do so should he remain at the club past this transfer window. The deal mooted today was a cash plus player deal with Craig…

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August 05, 2018 - Joel Clyne

The Worst Match Review Going

Firstly, I didn’t watch the game. I was at a colleagues leaving do in Nottingham and therefore wasn’t able to watch it. My updates were via LiveScore and a flurry of Whatsapps near to 10pm when my phone blew up! So if you’re wanting a detailed review of last night then this probably isn’t going to be it. Last minute winners are great aren’t they? And this was so last minute as well. It was glorious. And the celebrations were great too. You could see the togerthness. How much it…

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August 04, 2018 - Joel Clyne