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.
Their youthful exuberance was easy on the eye but for all the nice buildup play their lack of cutting edge killed them.
Murphy missed a good chance at the near post, missing his header when it was easier to score. Barrie McKay hit a post and squandered a one on one. Jason Cummings somehow fired over from a couple of yards and it was at that point the game turned as Derby ventured into the Forest half and doubled their lead through a David Nugent strike.
For all of their good play it was Derby’s experience and clinical finishing in front of goal that won them the game. Forest’s optimism was eventually bullied out of them and the game died once Derby had their second.
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It’s becoming clearer as each game goes by how Gary Rowett is wanting his team to play.
Derby are becoming more resilient, more functional and harder to beat than what they previously have been.
Their performance levels are becoming more consistent and are much less hit and miss.
Where they struggle, and what they struggled with today, is athleticism in the middle of the pitch. There’s a lack of mobility and pace within the midfield which would help enormously if it was there.
Derby are at their best when there’s space to run into and if they can add a midfielder who can break up play and help to counter teams quicker and higher up the pitch then Derby will find games more comfortable.
Its been said on numerous occasions that Rowett needs at least another window, if not two, to really have his own side and you’d imagine that adding that type of midfielder in January will be a priority.