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  1. As a team we took a few games to get going then overperformed towards the end of 2018, then underperformedleaving is more or less where I expected. However the last couple of games suggest we are just starting on an over performing trajectory! Ooohhh yes please!!!! o
  2. At the same time as Jim Smith was trying for Baggio, he was also trying for David Ginola and Emmanuel Petit. They were both seen at Pride Park, and it was only wages that stopped them signing. What a team that would have been! And full of famous peeps as well! What more could you want?
  3. Anyway, back to the footy from last night: If only for an extra inch here or there, or an extra inch less here or there! We had 4 shots on target which Buckland got his sticky little hands on, we hit the woodwork twice and had two shots go less than an inch past the post. On another night it could have been 4 - 0 to the mighty Rams! I missed the first 15 minutes after driving up from Cornwall in my HGV - thanks Boss. I know we didn't win, and we didn't score (the two might be related), but I was satisfied because yet again, there was progress. What caught my eye was that we were pressing and harrying much better last night - not always snapping into the tackle, but getting in their faces pretty well, to the point that on numerous occasions we forced them to go from attack all the way back to Buckland. Admittedly, they weren't too bothered about the attacking side of the match, but we didn't let them settle. Lawrence was the best we have seen in ages, including tracking back, so maybe the rest while recovering has done him some good. I don't think anybody had an off-night last night, although some reckon Harry Wilson to be below his best. Although many of his challenges are a bit light weight, he never gives up. And he came into his won once we changed to playing the ball on the floor instead of long into the channels. He also seemed to get a bit of licence to roam and cut into midfield, linking play together. Stand out was Bogle who had MacLean in his pocket for all but one of the 90 minutes. He was very accomplished both defending and attacking, although crosses were in need of a little work. Strangely for me I thought the ref did reasonably well, which is one hell of a complement coming from me! He didn't do much to stamp out the thugging and underhandedness which is Stoke's game, but only missed out when Lawrence was taken out in the first half, signalling no foul when he had both legs whacked from under him, needing several minutes treatment, and a red for an elbow/arm in the face of Wilson(?) in the second half. As I said, it is great to see the team making progress and improving. Whether it is enough for a promotion push I don't know, or whether it is in preparation for next season maybe - in which case it is more a case of progress for Frank and Jody, who may well have a rather different squad to work with next season. It would be good to see us being quicker to shoot, and quicker to the second ball. Lawrence coming back has shown us what we have missed in his absence, and Mount is to come back soon, so putting all this together, who knows what we could end up achieving?
  4. I can remember during the reign of Mac 2 someone posted that if we can him at the half way line or in his own half he won't be very effective. He is at his most dangerous when he is roaming around a few yards outside the opposition penalty area. Largely we kept him at bay yesterday so that all his match-controlling long balls were where it didn't really matter. However one has to wonder whether his long balls stick out from his shorts?
  5. Apparently the Queen is in trouble for using the National Anthem without Sheffield Wednesday's copyright permission.
  6. I thought that was a great game of football, and despite us only getting one point, I am satisfied because of the way we played. The attitude, desire and passion were there and we played the ball a lot better - Tuesday night's result was so significant because we got rid of a load of our demons from the past. We had a really bright start and looked the better side, which we did for large parts of the game. Johnson's goal was in some ways a relief, but was also expected because of how we started the game. We reached half-time pretty much in control, even though Wednesday had come into the game a bit more, and had a couple of good chances. There was great banter with the Wednesday fans, including a patch we we kept stealing each other's songs - great fun! The second half started off more evenly balanced, but the equaliser was disappointing. Firstly it was a soft free-kick, but secondly it was awful defending. Frank criticised the defence for not moving in line. Unfortunately, line together or not, they were ball-watching, so no-one picked up the Wendy running from behind the pack of bodies in the area to make an unchallenged header. The equaliser marked a sea change in the match official's performances. Most of the game, barging your opponent off balance when going for a header seemed OK unless you happened to be wearing a white shirt, but apparently getting the ball in a challenge is now deemed foul play, with three such challenges in a row going against the Rams. Holmes was pushed off the ball and down to the ground in the area, but Stroud indicated that the defender had got the ball. So all of a sudden getting the ball is important after all, apart from the fact that the defender was nowhere near the ball. A little later Bogle was shoulder-charged to the ground, again in the area, and despite the defender barging into Bogle, it was the Ram adjudged to have committed the foul. Bizarre, but normal at Pride Park. Wednesday weren't dirty, neither did they do much in the way of time-wasting, but they were cynical, including three very cynical hack-downs to prevent us breaking clear on goal. Only one yellow card. Oh well, at least Stroud wasn't as bad as the dreadful ref on Tuesday night. I noticed in the second half we largely did away with playing the ball out from the back, and it certainly contributed to our quicker attacking in the second half. And as someone else has noted, it seems that the full backs have somehow escaped their chains and are bombing on at every opportunity. If they have been released forwards, it is a great sign for the remaining games. In the end, a draw was about right, although we could have won it with either a bit of luck or better decision making. And although players did make some mistakes today, no-one played badly. It seems as though Josefzoon has become the new whipping boy, but actually he does try, but is hampered through lack of vision or foresight. So instead of reading the game and anticipating an opportunity, he only reacts once the opportunity has presented itself and is therefore on the back foot, which then meqns he looks disinterested. Lets hope it is something he can pick up on and put into his game. Johnson has provided the extra bite which we have been lacking in midfield, and Bogle was excellent today, and must be really close to his first goal. I would put Tomori as man of the match, along with Keogh. As I said at the start, I don't bemoan two points dropped, I am happy with the way in which we played today, and it is still all to play for.
  7. My grandparents lived in Harrington Street a few hundred yards away from the BBG, and one night, after visiting them, my dad drove us past the ground on the night we beat Chelsea in the League Cup. And just as in the piccy above, the streetlights were overshadowed by a tremendous bright white glow from within the stadium, as if something heavenly was going on in there. Even though I had never been in the ground at that point, it generated a massive feeling of excitement, of "something is happening here", A great moment in my life.
  8. You sound like a woman if 93 years isn’t long enough to get ready to go out! 🙄
  9. Don’t mention the refereeing. I did once, but I think I got away with it. 🤫
  10. It is actually pronounced Rosshhe - i.e. it rhymes with Rose but is pronounced with a Sean Connery/Steve the Dutch MaClaren sounding “s”.
  11. Well done, sarf standers for getting the vocal support up and running strong from the start, and keeping it going for most of the match! After recent performances, especially against Villa, t was a tremendous effort. And once we had equalised, getting the various stands to start the bounce was a great idea. We even invited the North Stand to have a go, although the librarian was probably tut-tutting at the inconsiderate and disruptive behaviour! And we got the Wigan fans to do a start as well! Credit to them! Frank mentioned the support in his RD interview, and also spoke of the team having a desire to move the ball forwards quickly, and it sounded like we were back to the good old days of a few months ago. The reality wasn't quite so good. It was better than recent efforts, but we were still dilly-dallying about at the back, and needing a touch too much in midfield, but we were prepared to put the ball into the channels, and we did have a number or raids on the Wigan goal. But there were still mistakes a plenty, with Malone and Carson figuratively carrying a red carpet under their arm just in case they got a chance to roll it out for Wigan. Thankfully the visitors weren't up to it, until we made sure, giving them a 2 on 1 situation, and they happily obliged. Most people think that they started time-wasting from that moment onwards, but in actual fact they were doing it right from the start, including kicking the ball away to a distance of 30 yards, right in front of the ref, who did absolutely nothing. He nipped the time-wasting in the bud by pointedly looking at his watch. The net effect though was that there was only 3 minutes of time added on at the end of the first half, which including about 3 minutes of treatment to injured players. All it needed was as strong warning, and a yellow card early on, but the ref never did. I am sure that as he runs by you can hear the swishing noise of his thighs rubbing together because there aren't any balls in there to keep the thighs apart. The second half started pretty much the same as the first, but two incidents changed things around. Firstly was the introduction of Ewan Holmes and Mason Bennett, and suddenly we were playing football. Both Holmes and Bennett are able to keep hold of the ball, and they got us playing it around much better than we have for ages. And secondly, Wilson appeared to be scythed down in the area. From the South Stand it looked a clear penalty, one of the clearest this season, but there are many people who say that he dived. He sort of dived in the first half and ended up getting a bank on the head, but there was a Wigan defender blocking our view of the actual challenge, so peno or not I can't say. It got the fans dander up, and seemed to get the players kicking on. For the next 10 to 15 minutes we were all over them and in those situations you can sense that a goal is inevitable. And so the least inevitable goal did come. And yes, Bennett did mean to go for goal. If you watch the replay ............. go on ,you can watch just one more time ............... he turns his head and watches the flight of the ball after it left his foot. If it was just a hopeful flick, he would have looked round afterwards to see where it ended up. But watching the ball in flight means he meant it to be a shot. Brilliant! The biggest irony of the night was the ref booking Wilson for diving, because the first free-kick of the evening went to Wigan, when one of their forwards knew that he had lost the tussle with Tomori, as many do, and simply stopped a fell down forwards. So he should have been carded as well, as should two others, one of which threw himself to the floor while about 10 feet away from the nearest Derby player. There were several very nasty fouls, including off-the-ball elbows to the head on both Wilson and Johnson, both needing treatment. The time-wasting and hefty challenges should have resulted in a bout 8 yellow cards for Wigan. But it would not surprise me in the least to learn that we got more yellow cards than they did. Tomori's card was sort of understandable because of dissent. However it followed an absolute deluge of awful decisions. One wonders if we can request that certain match officials never darken or doors again (Fergie managed to do this quite successfully), but that would leave us with very few match officials available! Tuesday night was a significant result, and a great step forwards, but it isn't the end of the season. there is still plenty of work to do, but having been in the doldrums, sometimes all that is needed is the right result. That we showed improvement as well is a bonus, and we need to take that boost with us as we take on Sheffield Wednesday. WE need to just be ourselves and not worry too much about what the Wendies are capable of, more we need to let them worry about us. Well done you Rams. Well done you fans!
  12. I have to admit to getting amusement from watching Connor Sammon during the warm-up. While everybody else was doing flicks, tricks and teckers, Connor struggled to get the ball up off the ground from stationary. The best he could do was a two-foot dribble - i.e. left foot to right foot to out of control and rolling away!
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BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! in his post-match interview Frank said that there would be some hard words spoken, but I think that the best method of correction would be to make, no force the team to sit down and watch a replay of the match time after time after time after time, for as long as it takes fro them to see how to pass the ball to a team mate, how to win the second ball, how to move the ball forwards quickly, how to take decisive action, how to take responsibility, how to try to make something happen, oh and how to actually play football. It was summed up by their second goal. All that was needed was a simple forwards ball just clear of the defender to put Jack Marriott through on goal. Instead the ball went straight to the Villa defender, and three passes later the ball was in our net. All four goals demonstrated everything that is wrong about our game, and Villa carved us open with ridiculous ease over and over again. For most of the game we sat far too deep, as if we were in awe, or even scared of Villa, although after the 3 - 0 defeat at Pride Park that may be understandable. But it wasn't that, it was that we showed no aptitude for passing the ball forwards, and no one wanting to take responsibility, choosing the safe pass every time. We hardly ever challenged for the second ball, although maybe the players were thinking "what's the point?" Virtually every challenge ended up with a free-kick to Villa, with their players almost only needing to look down towards the ground and it was a free-kick. The referee looked suspiciously like Lee Mason, and performed like him - he was terrible, almost as bad as the Derby performance, giving them virtually everything on demand, and giving Derby virtually nothing. Hence for the first goal, there was a good suspicion of offside, both in the build up and in the goal itself. And late on Marriott was hurled to the floor, a blatant penalty, but true to form, it was not given. I didn't see the two-handed push on Wilson, although by then nobody cared much anyway. But in reality he didn't affect the result one bit. The best we could offer was a cross which the keeper caught on his goal-line and I think Wilson managed to get a shot off in the second half, and that was it. And how many times did we struggle for the next pass whilst at the same time completely ignoring Wisdom on the right wing in yards of space completely unmarked. We did the same once Bogle came on. He must of have gone 10 minutes before he got the ball, yet was always in open space. Credit to Marriott, who achieved very little because of the almost total lack of service, but he never gave up right up till the end, chasing everything (while chasing nothing). Well done, Jack. And credit to Max Bird. What a cauldron to be thrown into for your first start. He did one or two bad passes, but was always looking for the ball, and always looking to move it forwards. At time he looked frustrated, like he was a Premier League player wondering why no-one was at his level. He can clearly see what needs to be done, but ends up staring at players who simply won't move into the positions they should be taking up by a matter of nature. And I was completely baffled to see that Roos had been dropped. I knew straight away that our defence would suffer, because his distribution and ability with his feet is way better than Carson's, and therefore gives his defence a degree of security. Credit to Carson for two superb saves in the second half - he really kept us in the game. This match is a prime candidate for Mel to give the travelling fans a refund, and take it out of the player's wages. These players are already, or well on their way to millionaire status, and the club throws money at them no matter how they play. If virtually any of the fans performed like that, they would be sacked at the first opportunity. They/we spend a large proportion of our income to support the team, and for what? to see this overpaid bunch under-perform yet again. NOT GOOD ENOUGH. I don't know what triggered, but at one point in the second half loads of stewards and police came to the front of our stand expecting us to kick off, so I went down to them and told them to go and have a cuppa, because we are from Derby, and we have no fight in us. The tickets for this match were an early birthday present for my son, and all I can say is thank the Lord that it was an early present, because we still have time to get him something which he will enjoy.
  14. Well it must be. He never starts the bounce.
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