2009 – a year to forget for Derby County?

December 22nd, 2009 by fishera

As we near the end of 2009 it’s time to reflect on the year and the trials and tribulations that have affected Derby County.
The year started with lots of positivity, Nigel Clough took over as manager in early January and installed a fresh approach to all aspects of running the club.
On the pitch the Rams [...]

Derby County 0-2 Doncaster Rovers: Rams unbeaten home run comes to an abrupt end

December 22nd, 2009 by fishera

Derby County’s impressive home form came down to earth with a bump as Doncaster Rovers stole all three points at Pride Park.
The Rams had been unbeaten at home since early November and were on a 4 game unbeaten streak before Rovers arrived at Pride Park, but the visitors deserved their victory as the home side [...]

Watford 0-1 Derby County: Chris Porter fires Rams to first away victory

December 14th, 2009 by fishera

Birthday boy Chris Porter returned from nine months of injury hell to score Derby’s only goal at Vicarage Road and extend the Rams unbeaten record to 4 games.
It’s been a good fortnight for Derby as they finally begin to look like a team capable of challenging in this division. Victories over Reading and Watford have [...]

Derby County 2-2 West Bromwich Albion: DJ Campbell’s late late show grabs Derby County a deserved point

December 8th, 2009 by fishera

Goals from Paul Dickov and a last second equaliser from DJ Campbell grabbed Derby a point in a game they thought had slipped out of their grasp.
The Rams went into the game on the back of five straight home wins but will be happy with the point against high-flying West Bromwich Albion. Nigel Clough’s men [...]

Home Sweet Home

November 29th, 2009 by fishera

Derby County 2-1 Reading
Derby’s topsy-turvy season continues as they claimed there 6th home win of the campaign with a good victory against Reading.
The visitors came into the game with a good record at Pride Park but much has changed since their last visit to the East Midlands. Reading have suffered a dramatic change in fortunes [...]

So is the squad strong enough??

October 30th, 2009 by fishera

When all the players are fully fit I believe that this squad is good enough to achieve a mid-table finish in the Championship. Nigel Clough has a good mix of experience and youth to call upon, and within the squad there are some good leaders and some creative/skilful players.
Having looked at all areas of the [...]

Is the squad good enough?? Part 4 – Strikers

October 30th, 2009 by fishera

The strikeforce, the players who win you games – are they good enough to keep Derby in this divison and push on in the future?
Rob Hulse, Derby current player of the year, is by far and away the best striker at the club. He is big and strong, has good control, is good in the [...]

Is the squad strong enough?? Part 3 – Midfield

October 29th, 2009 by fishera

So it’s time to focus on Derby’s engine room, the midfield, the driving force of the team. Is it strong enough? Lets have a look
Wingers 
Lee Croft is a right winger with good pace and the ability to deliver good crosses. Croft signed for Derby on a free transfer from Norwich in the summer and has [...]

Is the squad strong enough?? part 2 – Defence

October 29th, 2009 by fishera

In the second of this week’s articles about the Derby squad I will be looking at the defensive options available to Nigel Clough and seeing if this should be an area of concern.
Fullbacks
Paul Connolly is a solid defender but in truth he is nothing special, he struggles for pace and his distribution can be poor. [...]

Is the squad strong enough???

October 27th, 2009 by fishera

Given Derby’s below average performance in the Championship so far this season I thought it time to properly assess Nigel Clough’s squad to see where the weaknesses lie. In a series of articles I’ll be looking at the defence, midfield, strikeforce and coaching staff but the first area I’ll concentrate on is the goalkeeping department.
The [...]