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    v Blackburn Rovers (H) Match Thread

    Whilst it's never nice to see one of our players get sent off. Even more so when the lad is absolutely brain dead. But Lawrence has got that streak in him. I actually think that him being banned for 3 games could be a blessing in disguise. I think Lampard feels compelled to pick Lawrence on account of the fact he's scored a few goals. I said on a different thread a couple of weeks ago that he's getting away with murder at the minute cos he's scored a few goals. His general play this season has been awful. I expected a lot more from him this season. One of the most infuriating players I've seen for a while. Can tell he's got ability. But rarely do we see it. Yesterday was the same. Before he got sent off he was woeful.

    v Hull City (A) Match Thread

    Went last night and was really impressed with us. Although worth noting that Hull were an absolute shambles. They'll have better players in for Saturday so will be a harder game. I looked at that line up before kick off and genuinely thought that isn't far off our strongest team. Could maybe argue for Lawrence and Wilson to be in and of course Davies. I've never been a big fan of Johnson either. But I think that with him in starting the midfield has a much better balance and allows Mount to flourish. Johnson is stronger defensively than Bryson and as an out and out midfielder offers us more. He works hard and always wants the ball. With Bryson you just get a lot of running about. Johnson has to start on Saturday for me. Hard choice for Frank to choose between Malone and Forsyth. Forsyth has done well since he came back in. But for me. We've spent 3 million plus on Malone. Who evidently is a very good left back. He has to be first choice so should start for me. I'd stick with the same front 3 as well. They were brilliant last night. But I don't think Lampard will. Also. Huddlestone. Bar a couple of misplaced passes (to be expected) the lad is a rolls Royce. The midfield just looks so much better with him in it. The out balls he can play are such a big weapon. Especially with the pace on the flanks and through the middle. Really good to see him get 90 minutes and I hope he's fit enough for another 90 on Saturday. Carson Wisdom Keogh Tomori Malone Huddlestone Johnson Mount Waghorn Marriott Jozefzoon But I think Lampard will go with Carson Wisdom Keogh Tomori Malone Huddlestone Bryson Mount Jozefzoon Waghorn Lawrence

    What's happening with George Thorne?

    With Ledley and Evans being injured I thought he'd make the bench last night. When you consider that last night Bryson was rested. Ledley & Evans were out injured, Huddlestone was playing his first game of the season and Max Bird was the only midfielder on the bench I think that pretty much tells us everything we need to know about Lampards thoughts towards Thorne.

    v Preston North End (H) Match Thread

    Fair enough pal. All opinions bud. I just don't think Bennett is good enough and Marriott looks bright when I've seen him and deserves a chance to stake a claim. Couldn't argue with Waghorn starting at all though.

    v Preston North End (H) Match Thread

    Really hoping Jozefzoon and Marriott start over Nugent and Bennett. We've signed them so I don't understand benching them at all.

    George Evans injury, out for 4-6 weeks

    Not sure how true it is. But heard the other day that Thorne's attitude and effort in training is all wrong.

    v Preston North End (H) Match Thread

    Whilst I wouldn't take Bogle out the side at the minute. I would be quite intrigued to see how Tomori fares at RB. His pace and athleticism are his key strengths. Whereas his ariel ability is a potential weakness. Be interesting to see how he does there. Maybe give him a run out at RB in the league Cup?

    v Preston North End (H) Match Thread

    Agree with you here bud. Any news on why Johnson wasn't involved yesterday?

    v Ipswich Town (H) Match Thread

    Pleased with the win. Think we deserved it in the end. I'm confident Lampard will get it right and will get it to click. Just a few things for me. I don't understand why you'd spend £8 million on 2 strikers and leave them both on the bench in favour of Nugent. I love Nugent. But he shouldn't be starting. From what I've seen so far at Oldham and tonight. I'd like to see Marriott get a run. Bryson. Again. Love the bloke. But I genuinely couldn't tell you what he brings to this team. He got a 7 from Steve Nicholson in the paper cos he was full of running. He runs and runs. Not quite sure how he gets picked. Keogh. Hoping as soon as Davies is back he'll be out the team. Yes Tomori wasn't brilliant last night either. But it feels like we're going backwards when Keogh, Bryson etc are in the team. Bennett. Fully deserved to start. Cannot argue. But really. Is he the answer? Really want to see Jozefzoon get a run. Keep seeing glimpses. Bennett drifts inside so often. Jozefzoon hugs the wing. He's quick and direct. Something we've been crying out for for ages. Really not sure why Lampard was saying we played well last night. Because I thought we were poor, slow and laboured and it was a completely underwhelming performance. Winning with 2 deflected goals just papered over the cracks. Saturday is gonna be much harder. Play like that and we'll get beat. Play that side and we'll get beat. The system still doesn't work for me at all. The midfield don't do a lot. I'd still be tempted with a 4231 formation. Carson, Bogle, Tomori, Davies, Forsyth, Huddlestone, Thorne, Mount, Jozefzoon, Lawrence, Marriott. That'd be my side assuming that Davies and Huddlestone are fit. But I highly doubt that would happen.

    v Preston (H) - Predictions

    If we play like we did yesterday with the same line up. Derby 0-2 Preston

    What's happening with George Thorne?

    I was shocked he wasn't on the bench last night. Especially considering that he didn't play for the U23s. He was at the game though. Lampard must see something in training every day for him not to think Thorne is good enough. But I've got a feeling we won't be seeing too much of Evans this season now. So hopefully Thorne still has a role to play.

    Tom Huddlestone

    In every single game so far we have missed that calming influence. Someone who can put their foot on the ball. Hit balls into the channels for our wingers to run on to. We miss that killer pass from deep. The past 3 games. We've not had this. The midfield is non existent. Huddlestone is our best holding midfielder at the minute (Saw Evans at Oldham and he looks good, but too early for a proper judgement) Thorne and Evans after that you'd have to say. Ledley isn't really the answer and Johnson won't be a defensive midfielder as long as he as a hole in his arse. Letting Huddlestone go on loan would literally make no sense whatsoever. Also interesting that Lampard has said that Martin and Anya will be in the U23s team tonight. No mention of Thorne at all. If Thorne doesn't play for the U23s tonight, wouldn't be surprised to see him in the squad tomorrow at all. Im still clinging to the very small hope that we can get Thorne of when we first signed him. Because what a player we would have. I'd get rid of Johnson and Ledley before Thorne. If he can get some games and prove his fitness before Jan. Id be tempted to offer him a new deal on reduced terms.

    v Ipswich Town (H) Match Thread

    He has to do something with the shape for me. 7 goals conceded in 3 games is awful. Not laying the blame entirely at the defence because they don't get much protection. Personally think we need to go back to a 4231 to shield the back 4 a bit better. Also. When it was reported earlier on in the summer that Bryson was going to Cardiff. I was happy with it. I said at the time that his best days were behind him and we'd seen them. These first 3 games. He's ran around a lot and that's it. Assuming that Huddlestone, Malone and Davies are out. Carson, Bogle, Wisdom, Keogh, Forsyth, Evans, Johnson, Lawrence, Mount, Jozefzoon Marriott. I haven't seen anything in these first 3 games that show me that Bryson and Mount are gonna work together. If we had everyone fit. If have Davies in for Keogh, Malone for Forsyth and Huddlestone for Johnson.

    v Millwall (A) Match Thread

    Tough game this. But no reason we can't win it at all. I went to Oldham in the week and I know people say "It's only Oldham" you can only beat what's infront of you and we played well, controlled the majority of the game and looked a threat. That was easily a game we could have come unstuck in. Really impressed with both full backs on the day. Bogle looked very promising but Millwall away is a completely different proposition and I'd be tempted to stick with Wisdom. Malone looked very good (He's a lot taller than I thought he was) Marriott worked his socks off and never gave the defenders a minute. Was impressed with him. But I think Lampard will go with Waghorn. Evans looks strong and assured and adds a bit more composure than Ledley so he would get the nod for me. Also think its a toss up between Johnson and Bryson as to who plays with Mount. I like the look of Jozefzoon. He's quick, direct and helps out his full back defensively too. I wouldn't mind him coming in for Lawrence or Wilson. Both were poor against Leeds (Like the majority of the team) I think Lawrence has been poor in both games. Honestly think he'd be getting a lot of stick from our fans if it weren't for his 2 goals, a great header and a good free kick. His general play hasn't been great in my opinion. My side would be:- Carson, Wisdom, Keogh, Tomori, Malone, Evans, Johnson, Mount, Lawrence, Jozefzoon, Waghorn Subs:- Roos, Pearce, Bryson, Huddlestone, Wilson, Bennett, Marriott. I think Lampard will stick with Wilson and Lawrence to be honest. Also think Keogh could have a problem when Davies is fit.

    v Leeds Utd (H) Match Thread

    Cheers mate. I don't like to bash Keogh. I really don't. He's been a good servant and has given everything. But for me he should have gone 2 seasons ago. He's just not good enough in any capacity anymore. It was Adrian Durham who tweeted 2 or 3 seasons ago that Derby will not get promoted with Keogh and he's right.

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