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  1. Southampton - Mark Hughes

    Not a comment or judgement on Hughes per se but I wonder if this signals a move away from the model/building process adopted successfully three or four years ago when they brought through a good crop of players and were flirting with the top four to six. There have been a lot of changes behind the scenes at Southampton recently and I just wonder if this appointment demontrates a change in ethos moving forward. I suppose there is only so long you can tolerate all your best first teamers being plundered by Spurs and Liverpool...
  2. v QPR (A) - Predictions

    QPR 1 Derby 2 Palmer first goal scorer
  3. Derby County vs Fulham

    Just to chip in, I sit in the North East and while I wouldn't go so far as to say I heard booing, there was an audible collective groan...
  4. Derby County vs Fulham

    We were below par today, no doubt. I have to say, however, that I didn't think Fulham were anything special. Decent, yes, but not as good as I expected. I've seen much better at Pride Park this season. We had the better of the first twenty five minutes and actually looked good going forward at that time, an odd thing to say given that they scored two goals, but that was through individual errors on our part. Had we continued to press them with the same purpose and intensity throughout the game as in that period they wouldn't have been able to dominate the midfield and we probably would have gotten something out of it. We just seem to loose all confidence and composure at the moment when we go behind. This leads to panic and silly mistakes which other teams are capitalising on. Just my thoughts.
  5. George Thorne

    I thought he played OK today. Granted not at his best but surely not as bad as many are suggesting. Certainly no worse than anybody else. There have been a few references in passing to a back problem. This could be affecting his ability to train and perform at a hundred percent.
  6. v Fulham (H) - Predictions

    Derby 2 Fulham 2 Vydra first goal scorer.
  7. v Reading (A) - Predictions

    Reading 0 Derby 2 Vydra first goal scorer.
  8. Derby County vs Leeds United

    Regardless of the result and performance, just thought I'd mention how much of a pleasure it was watching Huddlestone tonight. One of his best performances. Hardly put a foot wrong all game. Sublime passing and composure. That is all...
  9. v Leeds (H) - Predictions

    Derby 2 Leeds 0 Vydra first scorer
  10. v Sheff Weds (A) - Predictions

    Sheff Weds 0 Derby 2 Vydra first goal scorer.
  11. Ledley or Thorne starting

    Where has it been reported Thorne has a back injury? Not questioning the information, just interested/curious...
  12. The Most Bitter Man in English Football

    His complaining about money making the major leagues less competitive and being outspent by rivals strikes as hypocritical and having a bit of a tin ear. Time was when clubs the size of Ipswich, Norwich, Derby, Forest, West Brom, Wolves, Leeds, Sheff Weds etc could realistically compete for major honours. Sky, the Premier League and the Champions League, with a little help from Roman, helped created a clique of clubs, the 'Big Four' of which Arsenal were one. Through enormous injections of money and branded advertising they were able to dominate through guess what? Spending power, Arsene! It has cruely robbed the hope from the rest of the footballing world over the last 25 years and now Mr Wenger is moaning of suffering the same fate. I didn't notice him mentioning it before when it was to his/Arsenal's benefit. Well, welcome to the club (if you'll pardon the pun!) No sympathy here...
  13. v Norwich (H) - Predictions

    Derby 2 Norwich 1 Vydra first goal scorer
  14. v Millwall (A) - Predictions

    Millwall 1 Derby 2 Vydra first goal scorer
  15. Championship promotion rivals watch

    I'm not overly concerned. Yesterday was frustrating but it's gone. Those days happen to every team in the league at some stage. Results aren't going for us today but we can do nothing about that. We won't be in as strong a position as we might have been but we will be second whatever happens this weekend unless Cardiff win 7-0. Then it's on to the next game and we all go again...

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