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    v Villa (H) - Predictions

    Rams 1-1 Villa FRGS Nugent
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    Derby County v Aston Villa Match Thread

    Tomori back too
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    Derby County v Aston Villa Match Thread

    So no Butters, and I suspect that confirms we’ll never again see him in a (first team) Derby shirt. Bird obviously ok to play midweek and then be on the bench Saturday - I guess he ought to be at his age!
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    Derby County v Aston Villa Match Thread

    He has been the pick of the seniors in the U23s, but didn’t play Wednesday. There’s no Bryson, Mount, Ledley or Evans. Waghorn also out now too. Look at last Saturday’s squad - who comes in? Surely not Wisdom or Pearce as too many defenders. Bird and Sibley both played midweek. I’m not advocating it, far from it - just think it’s a possibility.
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    Derby County v Aston Villa Match Thread

    I have a feeling we’ll see Butterfield in the squad tomorrow.
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    Derby County v Birmingham City Match Thread.

    Absolutely this. I have enjoyed watching Mount this season, of course, but only today did I perhaps realise quite how good he is, and how influential for a 19-year-old. We missed him big time. I’m pleased for Holmes because this is the sort of opportunity that it’s easy to fluff (Elsnick v Notts County springs to mind). I don’t think he was MOTM though. Hudds was imperious, mistake leading to the Brum goal notwithstanding. Wilson worked hard, and boy can he hit a stationary football. Forsyth was his usual self - lots of passes back to the player who had just given him the ball, but good positionally and had a moment of brilliance with that killer, genuinely game-changing, cross. Was sorry to lose Waghorn as he looked sharp. Bennett was the right sub and did his job well, although it took him a while to get into the game. Delighted that he scored at last. Keogh strangely looked angsty without Tomori. I don’t think Davies is a shoo in yet. Final mention for Marriott though. I thought he might be our new Bobby D, but after some of his link up play today I think he might just be our new Saunders. What a signing, and all the more satisfying for having come from the lower leagues - they haven’t been a happy hunting ground for us in recent years. Don’t lose to Villa, decent break to get Mount, Bryson, Waghorn and Evans fit, and we are going up as champions.
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    Derby County v Birmingham City Match Thread.

    Not sure which game people are at where Derby are the better side. I wish I’d gone though, instead of coming to PP. Davies for Tomori weakened the team. Huddlestone looking good but Wilson+Holmes is not a midfield. We are missing Mount so badly. And Bryson. Can probably live without one, not both. COYR!!
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    v Brum (H) - Predictions

    Rams 2-0 Brum FRGS Wilson
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    v Boro' (A) - Predictions

    Boro 1-3 Rams FRGS Bogle
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    V WBA (A) Match Thread

    This is fascinating to see. It’s almost like we weren’t ready for Hudds early doors this season. It has taken 10+ games for Frank and Jody to get us playing at a tempo, and with a level of skill, that they were happy with. Until we reached that point, we had to put up with a less cultured midfield which worked hard but lacked a bit of panache. All of a sudden, we are ready to unleash the playmaker. Everyone is working to the plan so well that he has time, and space, and can control the game from that position that he loves. It’s the most intelligent management I have seen at Derby since Jim Smith (who persisted with DPFG, for example, when few rated him, and signed VdL when many of us said “who?”). Don’t get me wrong - it’s not perfect and we may still blow this game in the second half. However, it’s not just the ale talking when I say I’d rather see us play like this and stay in the Champ, than creep into the Prem playing Rowettball.
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    v WBA (A) - Predictions

    Baggies 1-3 Rams FRGS Mount
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    v Norwich (H) - Predictions

    Rams 3-1 Norwich FRGS Malone
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    v Bolton (A) - Predictions

    Bolton 0-4 Rams FRGS Bryson
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    View from the outside 2018-2019

    WT actual F is that? I am without words. (enjoyed it though...)
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    v Man U (A) - Cup Predictions

    Man U 2-2 Derby FRGS Bennett
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    v Brentford (H) Match Thread

    And Stoke lost at home and were booed off...
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    v Brentford (H) Match Thread

    A few thoughts about the game. Some of this is the BrewDog speaking, but still... I haven't enjoyed 45 minutes of football as much as that first half since 13/14. It was almost like the first minute goal was irrelevant. We just played as though it hadn't happened, and in the remaining 89 minutes delivered one of the trademark 3-0 home wins that characterised (much of) that glorious season. All the hype about Mason Mount... is true. What a player. Technique, time, strength, vision and goal threat. He is going to be remembered as England's greatest midfielder since Gascoigne. Bogle - ought to make his England debut on the same day as MM. I really mean that. Will Hughes is the only player I have ever seen who was as accomplished aged 18. Wilson - I thought until today that he was a bit of a mardy kid. Now I can see he can play too. He was electric first half. Disappointed that he didn't pass when he was through after the break - would have been a certain 4-1. Lamps alluded to it in his interview on RD. He'll learn. Johnson - I have never been a fan. Somehow he has become a better footballer. It can only be the coaching. Wow. Tomori and Keogh - Davies must be preparing for an extended spell on the bench. Never saw that coming. Forsyth - I'm just delighted for him. He must have thought he was finished at Derby. He's back. Best of all, it was such a great performance, and Bryson was the beating heart of the team. Received wisdom says he's a player who is "everywhere". Today he was. Deserved MOTM without a doubt, and I couldn't be happier about it. What's not to like about the Lampard era? He has bonded with the fans already. His daughter has been born in Derbyshire. He is bringing the best out of Bennett and Nugent. Love it.
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    v Brentford (H) - Predictions

    Rams 2-1 Bees FRGS Bryson
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    v Blackburn Rovers (H) Match Thread

    It appears that 2014-model Bryson and 2014-model Forsyth are playing tonight. Makes a difference.
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    v Blackburn (H) - Predictions

    Rams 3-1 Blackburn FRGS Bennett
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    v Rotherham (A) (League) - Predictions

    Rotherham 0-4 Rams FRGS Tomori
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    v Rotherham United (A) Match Thread

    Bryson not even on the bench
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    Derby world cup style squad

    M Poom S Carson P Shilton S Eranio M Sage M Forsyth C Powell M Wright I Stimac C Short T West G Williams A Gemmill W Hughes A Asanovic G Micklewhite P Simpson M Vydra D Saunders P Wanchope F Baiano C Martin M Gabbiadini I found it surprisingly hard to pick wide men so went for extra strikers in the end on the basis that the like of Baiano and Hughes are so adaptable (but would never succumb to the temptation to stick Vydra out wide). Leaving out Davison, Goddard, Sturridge, Strupar and Rasiak was tough and is a reminder of some of the quality strikers we have had over the years.
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    Looks like Jacob might be getting a run out at Causeway Lane next week. Possibly with a Claude Davis comeback as well, if I am reading this right: http://www.peakconcerts.co.uk/event/coco-and-the-butterfields-2/
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    Academy Thread 2018/19

    Lincoln are at the top of League Two, but otherwise agree with all of that. There must be more to it than the Notts County game, but it still does feel as though that played a part. Thomas and Bogle had lit the place up in the first 45 mins, and it almost seemed like Elsnick was trying too hard to meet the weight of expectation. Having said that, he still has plenty of time, and the new regime does appear to have a refreshing approach of judging players on their actual merits. Like Max Lowe, and Luke Thomas in fact, playing regularly at a lower level is perhaps a better fit for him than being a bit part bench warmer at the moment.

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