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    Vs Southampton home (Matchday thread).

    If Thorne doesn’t get a sniff of the bench, does that mean he’s done in a Derby Shirt? Along with others I do lament how the FA cup has been diminished over the years and normally I would say play our strongest team.... but we do have a massive squad, with some players we may rely upon at some point in the season and so let Pearce, Bryson, Roos and if Ledley and Johnson are fit maybe them too? Better to improve the collective match practice/fitness than a run in a cup for me.
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    The unimaginable

    This maybe pessimistic, but I don’t expect Frank to stick about if he gets us up/does well. Not doubting his loyalty or anything, just the manner of the modern game. With the carousel of Managerial appointments and Chelsea and other leading major clubs you’d have to fancy them prizing him away with the promise of giant war chests and European football. Would be lovely if he fell in love with the club/city/area/fans and became our Ferguson....but it’s very unlikely, isn’t it?
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    Hull (A) Carabao Cup Match Thread

    Late to the party on this one. For those that were there, how much were Hull at full strength? And how bad were they in comparison to how good we were? Thank you Please.
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    Hull (A) Carabao Cup Match Thread

    Is Thorne to QPR being talked about anywhere by journo’s etc in the know, or just because SM and Thorne have history? I’d really like to see George come good for us after such a great start and then a string of bad luck. Would be amazing for him to glue the 4-3-3 together and make a successful come back. 🤞
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    Tom Huddlestone

    How do you know Thorne’s on his way? Have I missed Frank saying so?
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    v Millwall (A) Match Thread

    Have just got back from a festival so completely missed everything to do with the game.... despite the loss do I take it that there were positive signs in the second half? Also anyone know what’s happening with Thorne, Huddz and Martin? Has Frank been asked/mentioned about them and them coming back in any interviews recently? Thanks
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    Tainted by Steve...?

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    Is be interested in us trying a 3-5-2, mainly because it would suit our players. our defense on the whole is good (Keogh aside maybe) but Davies Wisdom and maybe Tomori would be solid. we have enough midfielders to choose a 5 and maybe Waghorn and mount or Lawrence up front? could work.
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    Tainted by Steve...?

    Although the thread title does sound a bit like a bad Human League b-side..... Since we came back from 4-1 down to draw 4-4 in SM’s first game against Ipswich and then went on a run of amazing wins and performances, are we as Derby fans (and maybe Mel too) now tainted by having seen a team previously misfiring under Nigel, be put right so easily and so quickly that we expect it from every manager that comes in? Especially now under Frank, when we’ve reverted back to how Steve set us up. What special alchemy did he use to get those players working together so well? Was it the occasional straying into a Dutch dialect? Maybe he hypnotised the players with his tiger bread shaped hair island? How long does it take normal managers to get players playing together instinctively? Answers on a postcard.
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    v Leeds Utd (H) Match Thread

    We have no fluidity in passing or possession. None. If we’re going to play 4-3-3 then we need to be accurate in our passing. Have an almost hive mind in the way we bring each other into the game. There’s no sign of any of that yet. Ledley is not a DM. He was too slow and ineffective. But Frank could see that and made the right change. With Davies in the side I still think we would’ve lost. Although I liked the look of Tomori - Classy and probably our best player. Too early to blame Frank or anyone else. Leeds are good. We are in very early days. The biggest test is to see what we do against Oldham on Tuesday (change the playing staff, give some new players a change to prove themselves.) And then how we bounce back against Milwall. If there’s no sign of any improvement by game 9....we’ve got ourselves another Pearson.
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    Who moves out?

    Of all of the more longstanding players who we could all hazard a guess as to whether they’re on their way out or not, the one I still would really like to come good again in a Derby shirt is Thorne. I know I may be nostalgic for his pre-injury days. Maybe his best days are behind him, who knows? But in a 4-3-3, we do need a strong DM who can get the play going and Hudds is great at a creative pass, but getting slower with every day, Ledley is a great disrupter, but better in a DM pairing and Bradley still feels like a square peg in a round hole. George is still young and hopefully all his bad luck is behind him and when fit is an all round great DM i’d understand a loan to QPR, let them get him fit -but I really don’t want to sell him. As for Butterfield, Anya, Blackman, (Christ, think of the millions wasted on them) they have to go out on Loan as soon as poss. Is Martin ill? Injured? Face doesn’t fit? In a 4-3-3 he’s been a great servant of the club and now he’s nowhere to be seen. I know Rowett couldn’t/wouldn’t use him, but why not Frank? I’d get Nudge gone as soon as poss as well. Never really done it for me. Forsyth should go out on Loan, as, unlike some on here, I’d rather give a previously ‘premiership standard’ left back a bit more time to get up to scratch, having had 2 years out of the game, before snubbing him completely. And as far as championship standard replacement CB’s go, I think Pearce is pretty good.
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    Not quite sure what’s happening with Thorne and Martin (are they injured or just being kept out to sell/loan out.) But an in form version of both of those players last night would’ve made the world of difference. Thorne for the covering of the center backs and quick concise passing forward and Martin to hold the ball up and bring in our wingers and midfielders. Even in their current apparent ‘injured’ state, still think we’d of strung more than 3 passes together...
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    Joe Aribo

    Are we just buying all midfielders? I mean, ALL of them? Havent we got 46 of them on the books now? Is this Mel’s new way of filling the stadium on match day? No free tickets to Toyota workers, just buy League one Midfielders and get them to bring their mates? Makes sense. He’s smart is Mel.
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    v Reading (A) Match Thread

    Anyone else got the Christmas Eve feeling? Giddy as a school kid? Havent felt this excited about a season for years. I’ll be probably watching in a ropey old boozer in Ashbourne. COYR!! 🐏🐏🐏
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    Up to Speed

    Wow @Cam the Ram Thanks for the thorough and positive review. Sounds very promising. 👍🏿🐏🙌🏾

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