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    86 Schmokes & a Pancake reacted to Squid in Relax, we're in a good place!   
    I'll drink to that one capt'n.
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    86 Schmokes & a Pancake reacted to europia in Relax, we're in a good place!   
    Yes definitely a big future for Max Lowe. OK he was rightly criticised by the manager for not staying on his feet for the WBA pen, but otherwise a well deserved MotM award. Buchanan did OK, the odd stray pass and bad first touch understandable. Knight could be a competent squad player, but perhaps not a Hughes or Hendrick. Time will tell. 
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    86 Schmokes & a Pancake got a reaction from Squid in Relax, we're in a good place!   
    OK – the controversial stuff first; while it’s perhaps understandable that folk are annoyed that we’ve let a winning position slip, some of the criticism of Waghorn and Lowe is unwarranted IMO. Starting with Wagger’s missed pen, it wasn’t good but it wasn’t awful either. Chris Martin missed a few I seem to recall as do most at this level, so perhaps it’s not the foregone conclusion that many seem to think. Consider if you will the England team’s penalty shoot-out record for further confirmation of this point and these being the top players in the country. If we have to play the blame game then it's Phil's fault for insisting a striker take them when really it should be whoever takes them best. I think he’s been brilliant thus far though so he gets a pass from me. I loved Lampard but Cocu is in a different league IMO.
    As for Lowe, some comments are embarrassing. Sorry, they just are! He's been our standout player, Bogle aside, but remains a young and relatively inexperienced one at this level. Maybe he should have stayed on his feet, ok, but if you have to lambaste someone then the cheaty. diving **** and the ref seem much fairer targets. The fact is Lowe didn’t give away a penalty, the ref got conned. Why the vitriol? He’s a kid and has struggled with his confidence before now so let’s cut him some slack, shall we?
    Moving on to the game, overall, yes, it’s disappointing that we've let a winning position slip but to my mind, West Brom are the best team we've played this season and I'd be pretty sure they'll be in the play-offs again at very least yet we were worth a point at least. A draw then, is no disgrace, surely, and was probably a fair reflection of the game anyway. I actually thought we looked pretty polished at times, even in midfield so there are plenty of positives to take forward and our luck, or lack of it, will most likely balance out across the season.
    Looking forwards, Bielik is approaching full match fitness / sharpness as is Jack. We have Jayden and Duwayne to return and a certain Wayne Rooney waiting in the wings. These guys along with Keogh are the most important in our squad and we’ve yet to see them all play together, even once. Cocu and his team will also be getting to grips with what is required in this league so unlike many teams in the div, it can be sensibly argued that we have huge scope for improvement. With even an ounce of luck we could be sitting pretty on 10 points right now chaps, above the likes of Fulham at time of writing, who added £100 million of talent to their squad last season. This after the massively disruptive Lampard debacle, a truncated pre-season, some significant players being out injured and the loss of Wilson, Mount and Tomori. Perhaps then, we overestimate the quality of other teams in the div while judging our own performances rather too harshly? 
    While my detractors will doubtless write my reasoning off as rose-tinted, happy-clapperesque, or my personal favourite, utterly deluded, I genuinely feel much more confident about this season than any since 2015. We'll challenge this season, mark my words. The 'marathon not a sprint' maxim is something of a cliché but it's very true of this league nonetheless and there's a danger of overemphasising the importance of early season form anyway. With most of our players beginning the year a tad undercooked, some significantly so, they'll be a deal fresher than many at the business end. I'd rather this than the Bielsa method of having your squad trained to the minute for game one, but flagging in the last half dozen.  I’m pretty certain we will improve steadily through to mid-season and then finish strongly, injuries notwithstanding, so I’ll not be panicking any time soon.
    So..... My advice to all Rams fans and especially those focusing on the negatives right now is grab a beer, head to the garden to catch some of this beautiful weather, be happy or at least content and dare to dream. All that stress will kill you!
    COYR
     
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    86 Schmokes & a Pancake got a reaction from Premier ram in Relax, we're in a good place!   
    OK – the controversial stuff first; while it’s perhaps understandable that folk are annoyed that we’ve let a winning position slip, some of the criticism of Waghorn and Lowe is unwarranted IMO. Starting with Wagger’s missed pen, it wasn’t good but it wasn’t awful either. Chris Martin missed a few I seem to recall as do most at this level, so perhaps it’s not the foregone conclusion that many seem to think. Consider if you will the England team’s penalty shoot-out record for further confirmation of this point and these being the top players in the country. If we have to play the blame game then it's Phil's fault for insisting a striker take them when really it should be whoever takes them best. I think he’s been brilliant thus far though so he gets a pass from me. I loved Lampard but Cocu is in a different league IMO.
    As for Lowe, some comments are embarrassing. Sorry, they just are! He's been our standout player, Bogle aside, but remains a young and relatively inexperienced one at this level. Maybe he should have stayed on his feet, ok, but if you have to lambaste someone then the cheaty. diving **** and the ref seem much fairer targets. The fact is Lowe didn’t give away a penalty, the ref got conned. Why the vitriol? He’s a kid and has struggled with his confidence before now so let’s cut him some slack, shall we?
    Moving on to the game, overall, yes, it’s disappointing that we've let a winning position slip but to my mind, West Brom are the best team we've played this season and I'd be pretty sure they'll be in the play-offs again at very least yet we were worth a point at least. A draw then, is no disgrace, surely, and was probably a fair reflection of the game anyway. I actually thought we looked pretty polished at times, even in midfield so there are plenty of positives to take forward and our luck, or lack of it, will most likely balance out across the season.
    Looking forwards, Bielik is approaching full match fitness / sharpness as is Jack. We have Jayden and Duwayne to return and a certain Wayne Rooney waiting in the wings. These guys along with Keogh are the most important in our squad and we’ve yet to see them all play together, even once. Cocu and his team will also be getting to grips with what is required in this league so unlike many teams in the div, it can be sensibly argued that we have huge scope for improvement. With even an ounce of luck we could be sitting pretty on 10 points right now chaps, above the likes of Fulham at time of writing, who added £100 million of talent to their squad last season. This after the massively disruptive Lampard debacle, a truncated pre-season, some significant players being out injured and the loss of Wilson, Mount and Tomori. Perhaps then, we overestimate the quality of other teams in the div while judging our own performances rather too harshly? 
    While my detractors will doubtless write my reasoning off as rose-tinted, happy-clapperesque, or my personal favourite, utterly deluded, I genuinely feel much more confident about this season than any since 2015. We'll challenge this season, mark my words. The 'marathon not a sprint' maxim is something of a cliché but it's very true of this league nonetheless and there's a danger of overemphasising the importance of early season form anyway. With most of our players beginning the year a tad undercooked, some significantly so, they'll be a deal fresher than many at the business end. I'd rather this than the Bielsa method of having your squad trained to the minute for game one, but flagging in the last half dozen.  I’m pretty certain we will improve steadily through to mid-season and then finish strongly, injuries notwithstanding, so I’ll not be panicking any time soon.
    So..... My advice to all Rams fans and especially those focusing on the negatives right now is grab a beer, head to the garden to catch some of this beautiful weather, be happy or at least content and dare to dream. All that stress will kill you!
    COYR
     
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    86 Schmokes & a Pancake reacted to Ellafella in Jason Knight   
    https://www.the42.ie/jason-knight-Derby-county-feature-4781257-Aug2019/
     
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    86 Schmokes & a Pancake reacted to BramcoteRam84 in Jason Knight   
    Irish youngster, following in the footsteps of Jeff Hendrick, we all know where Jeff scored his first rams goal!!
    Come on Jason, make it happen!!
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    86 Schmokes & a Pancake reacted to Derby blood in Jason Knight   
    I think most fans on here have seen Huddlestone and Hughes, and both have done well especially Huddlestone who has played in the premiership with Spurs and Hull, also played for England, Hughes is still young and now playing in the premiership with Watford, and Knight has a good future ahead of him if he Carrys on learning under Cocu, has some luck with injuries, one thing Knight will do more than both Huddlestone and Hughes is scoring goals, you can see he has a eye for goal, but nothing wrong with getting excited, and time will tell how good he will become.
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    86 Schmokes & a Pancake reacted to Dava75 in Jason Knight   
    He reminded me loads of a young Bryson today - energy, desire, work rate but with a decent touch and didn’t seem scared of a tackle. And whilst he didn’t take the chance, he at least arrived in the box at the right time. Solid full debut - and lots of promise!
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    86 Schmokes & a Pancake reacted to Nuwtfly in Jason Knight   
    Massively impressed. Think he has more than earned his place in the side going forward. 
    The formation going forward still seems somewhat unclear, but if it's going to be a 4-3-3, then I'd like to see Knight in the middle with Holmes and Bielik. 
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    86 Schmokes & a Pancake reacted to Derby blood in Jason Knight   
    Showed great promise today, always wanted the ball never gave up, looks to have a good engine, it's great that we now have a manager who puts his faith into the young players, today we had Lowe, Buchan and Knight in the starting 11, Cocu is true to his word, if your good enough you shall be given a chance, how ever old you are, think Knight will play a big part in our season this year, this is why I am so excited, for this season young players coming through, buying good young talent like Bielik, and then later on in the season, a true super star in Rooney to come along, the young players will learn so much from players like Rooney, said it before will say it again , forget our start, something special is happening at DCFC.
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    86 Schmokes & a Pancake reacted to therealhantsram in Jason Knight   
    Nice in depth article on his debut here... 
    https://www.the42.ie/jason-knight-Derby-county-feature-4781257-Aug2019/
     
    The inside story of Jason Knight’s full Championship debut for Derby County. 
    JASON KNIGHT FOUND out in Derby County’s team meeting an hour and a half before kick-off that he would be making his full league debut against West Bromwich Albion this afternoon... 
     
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    86 Schmokes & a Pancake reacted to EraniosSocks in Jason Knight   
    Think he will be superb when he builds up a little bit and gets some muscle. But he played well today and it’s lovely to see a young lad appreciative of getting his moment and taking it in his stride 
     
    big future 
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    86 Schmokes & a Pancake reacted to Andicis in Jason Knight   
    Really rate him. He deserves a run in the side now to prove his worth, and I think Cocu will give him one. Was in my opinion our best midfielder today, did a wonderful tackle when he was tracking back, got around the pitch, put himself about, showed and was available for the ball. Great full league debut.
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    86 Schmokes & a Pancake reacted to I8Forest78 in Jason Knight   
    Thought he was class today!!Nuliffied the threat of Sawyers who I thought was quiet👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼Got to keep him and Buchanan in the side now to let them grow in strength and confidence.
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    86 Schmokes & a Pancake reacted to Dimmu in Jason Knight   
    Gave a good balance to our midfielder with his workrate.  Promising start.
    Buchanan looked very nervous and crossed like Derby player but got better towards the end.  Block was excellent!
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    86 Schmokes & a Pancake reacted to IlsonDerby in Jason Knight   
    Need to be careful with him. Make sure he gets enough minutes to develop without risking injury due to the step up to ‘mens’ football. 
    Plenty of potential and neat and tidy play but also has some aggression and bite which was needed. 
    Excited to see him progress with us. 
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    86 Schmokes & a Pancake reacted to B4ev6is in Jason Knight   
    I am very very very impressed by jasion knight stood his ground well and thats what you need to do.
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    86 Schmokes & a Pancake reacted to deanoakaram4life in Jason Knight   
    Was class today. Needs to be a regular starter for me. Ran his heart out and battled in the centre of the park. Buchanan and Lowe were also excellent. If your not aiming for the top two spots then blooding young players and sticking to a philosophy will get you there sooner rather than later. Up the Rams! 
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    86 Schmokes & a Pancake reacted to TimRam in Relax, we're in a good place!   
    I think the goals will come once Waggy and Marriott are settled in the side again.
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    86 Schmokes & a Pancake reacted to big bad ram in Relax, we're in a good place!   
    I think we are showing promising signs thus far. I don't see this team as it is having enough to get promoted. But next season with some quality additions and the youngsters having more experience I think we can really have a shot at it. 
    The future is looking good.
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    86 Schmokes & a Pancake reacted to angieram in Relax, we're in a good place!   
    I think that if Stoke away had been Clarke's first performance instead of Huddersfield, fans would be saying he was a liability and why had we signed him! 
    He was so assured at Huddersfield that the opinion was created that he's a great player. Things like that stick.
    I think he's good but lacks pace and his positioning needs working on at times. He's a defender first and foremost and I think he'll come good over the course of the season.
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    86 Schmokes & a Pancake reacted to JG400 in Relax, we're in a good place!   
    How come they can swear , and they have bigger profile pictures than us and one stoke fan has an ME163   for their profile picture nearly fell off my seat , didn't think anyone else but me was interested in that sort of stuff
     
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    86 Schmokes & a Pancake reacted to Van der MoodHoover in Relax, we're in a good place!   
    The ones in the 0-0? 😂
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    86 Schmokes & a Pancake reacted to Ruda Harliss in Relax, we're in a good place!   
    Yeah he dropped back today and fought to win balls he had no right to win then played it off and found his man. Just wish we could give him at least half chances as IMO he’s the best natural goalscorer in the league 
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    86 Schmokes & a Pancake reacted to Ruda Harliss in Relax, we're in a good place!   
    It’s bang on really
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