What a ******* day. 30 seconds in I couldn't believe it, bloody brilliant finish. Our passing was poor first half but we stayed solid at the back, Keogh and Davies absolutely ******* immense all game. For the second, Vydra again the difference with a beautiful pass, Nuge with a quality finish and that's the trees felled boys and girls.
Days like this don't come much better when supporting Derby County, absolutely fantastic. Special mention to Johnny Russell who must have run a marathon today, not been a fan of him for the last couple of years but covered every blade of grass, wore his heart on his sleeve and bled black and ******* white today.
This could kickstart something special, or so my drunken head says. COYR!!!!!!!
I'm looking really forward to this. I come from Edinburgh so don't get to see derby too often but whenever I do they always play well so here's hoping. On another note I support hibs and I hate warburton so I would like to see us get one over him. I will be singing a wee song to myself all game that we used to sing at hibs
Warburtons a fanny he wears a fannies hat, it worked against Dumbarton and other s**** like that, but when he played the hibees suddenly it dawned to win the Scottish cup he'll need a f****** wand
I guess this won't be a popular school of thought but for me these breaks in the season really suck. Yes I follow the national team and yes, I'd love to see them do well but how many times in the last few decades can one genuinely argue that watching the national side play has been entertaining? Watching us creep past footballing giants like Slovenia has totally lost any appeal for me and as for our performances at the major tournaments... well let's not even go there.
All I associate with these fixtures, friendly or otherwise, is the removal of the ability to watch the Mighty Rams. Hit and miss though we have been in recent seasons, I'd rather watch Derby than England all day long. At least with Derby there is a chance of improvement whereas the national side is stuck in an endless quagmire of mediocrity. Other football obsessed nations manage periods where they dine at the top table whilst we seem anchored in a never-ending cycle of underachievement. I genuinely admire those who keep the faith and pay good money to turn up and support a side that gives so little in return. You're better men than me.
I had to stop reading all the negative threads posted on here, as I was starting to feel suicidal. Thought we needed a positive thread, so I've started it with something I posted earlier in another thread. Win the game in hand, beat Cardiff on Saturday and we're only five points below top spot. Crisis what crisis. Top two by Christmas. A couple of signings in the January window, happy days and all this from me a born pessimist.
Dear Uncle Mel,
I thought it was time to follow up my previous open letter, where I requested you go and chill on a beach somewhere and allow professionals to run the club on your behalf. In that letter, I suggested keeping the faith in the then CEO Sam Rush, as he had been pivotal in the recent rise in quality, excitement, league position, media coverage and ambition. Since that letter, things have changed! Sam has been relieved of his duties in somewhat ambiguous circumstances, against an accusation of what surmises as "spending the club's money trying to improve the club"... Hmmm.
Now I can only speak for myself, but I would suspect a few fellow Rams fans will agree with some, if not all of my feelings, and inevitably, there will be those that give you benefit of the doubt due to your local connections and clear emotional attachment to the club.
IN February last year, I was fortunate enough to be invited, along with fellow forum members, to Moor Farm, where I enjoyed a (sausage and bacon free) breakfast in your company, in the aftermath of Paul Clement's departure. In this meeting, you were at pains to ensure us that the decision was justified on the philosophies and ethos of the club alone. Whilst it seemed harsh to sack Paul Clement, some of the reasoning was clear.
That meeting, I believe, was around Valentine's day last year, a mere 19 months ago. Since then, Darren Wassall, Nigel Pearson, Chris Powell, Steve McClaren and Gary Rowett have sat at the manager's desk. The disappointment of being deprived of processed pig products at that romantic breakfast does not influence my opinion in any way whatsoever. I know you're not responsible for the procurement of butchered foodstuffs. However, I have the opinion that you have really really really ballsed up the footballing operations side of Derby County, and sadly, repairing it will not be as easy as sending someone to the nearest supermarket for a pack of Walls bangers!
My criticism is not a personal attack, well mainly it isn't. Simply because it's apparent to me that your decision making has been fuelled, and clouded by emotional attachment. Your ownership style reminds me of a character in a Hollywood movie who refuses to listen when told "don't do anything stupid", but then ignores that advice, and does something stupid, making the situation worse. It's clear your intentions are well meaning, but sadly, my opinion is your methods and decision making are counter-intuitive to the situation at hand.
I do have a personal criticism, which may be unfounded, but is borne out of the way people defend you, and your poor handling of the club, and that is simply that spending money on the club, does not give you carte-blanche to destroy it. Now you may not believe you have the right to destroy it, but when defending you, fans often cite your investment as justification for you doing whatever you like. If I am being honest, I never wanted money thrown at the club, I prefer to see managers and coaches making the best of the squad they have. I said that when we had worse owners, and yes Mel, there are plenty of worse owners of the club than yourself. You are a good owner, just not a good "manager" of the club. If it meant you not subsidising the club, and the managers sticking to budgets and being allowed to see the job out, I'd be happy for you to burn your chequebook and never authorise another record-signing.
So, where are we right now? In footballing terms, we are in a mess. We have an intelligent manager, who lacks a style, identity or plan. We have an imbalanced squad, containing some with mental scars and limited ability. We have a semi-poisonous fanbase, clashing over players, managers, yourself and how we should be performing. We have opponents improving and looking professional and motivated, whilst not struggling to outplay us. Most worryingly, we have a need for something to change, drastically, and quickly!
The easy solution is always to change the manager, and it would be hard for me to defend the performance of Gary Rowett as manager. But he's only been here a short while, he needs to be given a chance, but surely we should be seeing signs of improvement, shouldn't we? Or it doesn't justify the removal of the previous manager!
The actual solution in my opinion Uncle Mel, is for you to absolve yourself of all responsibility, even if it means you spitting your dummy and refusing to invest money. We can handle that as a club. You need to employ professional people, not those with emotional attachment to the club, and allow them to make the decisions. I believe now, that you Mel, you are the problem. Regardless of intent, you've set this club back, and not just a little bit, but set this club back massively. I hoped I'd never have to endure another spell of stagnation, like we did under the careful management of Nigel Clough, as I want to be entertained. But it now seems we will need to go through that again to avoid a complete disaster.
It doesn't seem too far-fetched to say we are only a couple of rash decision (by you) from imploding and collapsing into a relegation-battling team.
So, please, back away and stop meddling and allow the club to breathe.