He was a pain in the arse, but the ref gave him far to many decisions and he also got away with quite a bit. Everytime he got on the ball, his arms were swinging and catching people and nothing was done about it. He give Clarke a whack in the face and caught Knight with a forearm before falling over and winning another freekick.
CKR was probably fouled from behind as many times but the ref hardly gave him a decision.
Well, this game is like having acid poured over my eyes. No better that the previous game. The football is boring, no real exitement. The whole thing is just meh. So much so we are "purring" about Bielik completing some 5 yard passed without giving the ball away. Jesus christ is that the most we can have in terms of entertainment? This will go on as long as we don't get a qualified manager in the building to sort this mediocre mess out. I am hoping for a better second half, but I somehow can't see that coming.
I'm providing balance, I'm playing devil's advocate, my posts are ever so thought provoking and anyway, it'd be boring if everyone said the same thing. Credit where credit's due BUT...
Am I doing it right?
Chris can't play every game, nor even close to it. He has collitis. It's astounding that we get as many games out of him as we do and a huge credit to Chris himself. How many times do you need to be told this same simple truth?
We did not lose on Tuesday because Fozzy didn't start, we lost because we missed too many chances in front of goal.
At times we are starting to play some of the slickest passing football since the 13/14 season if you'd actually care to look.
Cocu is improving the basic skills of every player at the club. Again, it's quite noticeable if you care to look.
Cocu is turning some of our kids into genuine premiership quality players. Their rate of improvement is exponential and it's joyous to behold.
Cocu has tapped and unleashed the potential in game changers like Duncan and even more so Tom. In Tom's case, he done what his predecessors could not. Tom's improvement in all aspects of his game is nothing short of miraculous and he is playing with a smile on his face. It's the first time he's looked genuinely happy at the club, in my opinion at least. If this is maintained, he can be a top player in this division and hold his own in the premiership too.
Cocu has forged a brilliant alliance with Rooney. Wayne is the on-field leader who marshals the lads and ensures that Cocu's instructions are carried out. Cocu's calm intellect allied to Wayne's fiery passion and leadership qualities is a match made in heaven. We should appreciate it while it lasts.
Next season we will secure automatic promotion - Quote me, screenshot me, @ me.
Rather than desperately looking for negatives in every game and team selection, we might instead consider that Cocu, throughout all of the on and off-field turbulence has remained, calm, consistent and considered in his approach, as have his staff. He has taken a much longer term view than any coach we have seen at Derby in long, long time and is actually trying to build something sustainable, rather than pandering to the kneejerkers who demand instant success. It should be obvious to all, though clearly it is not, that part of this process is creating a squad, rather than just an 11 which will, I believe, pay huge dividends. More power to him, I say.
Football is just the pits, and I'm rapidly losing interest in the bigger picture. Var ruins the pl, while ffp ruins the efl. Ffp is bull#$@@ so Villa are ok, QPR are ok, but we are not. Every year it is watch the money, we need to sell before we can buy etc and then this. If we had just stuck two fingers up at the efl and spent like Villa we'd be up and seemingly untouchable.
On a more ration note, let's just play the kids and wait until Burnley prize them off us with undisclosed bids, too good to turn down.
Either way, its dominated by finances and when your in our position it's really ducking difficult! A big club, just not quite big enough...