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    lrm14 reacted to YorkshireRam in Is our support really that bad?   
    I remember that moment and the ball was indeed perfect. Bogle didn't even need to move, was a stunning pass. If that was Scott Carson, it would have received rapturous applause but because Roos has fumbled a couple of high balls, he gets jeered which will only dent his confidence further... it's completely counter-intuitive!
    And that's why I completely disagree with this. Voicing displeasure is one thing but how is deliberately taunting our own players conducive to improving performance? I've always wondered how booing falls under the remit of supporting the side, it's intrinsically negative and without productive benefit; a lack of effort should be the only reason booing is ever considered. The 'library' comment is interesting also because PP is often similar that the atmosphere completely lulls and the only rises are the groans or frustrated moans when we try and retain possession... I can't remember a time this season where we were in a unfavorable position and the whole ground joined in a chant/song to try and raise morale
    Fans don't have to be happy all the time but the constant scapegoating and attacking our own players is starting to get seriously tiresome. Watching Waghorn discuss mental health this week is another reminder that the players are only human. We need a siege mentality where it's us vs the world and ultimately everyone is behind the squad. At the moment I get the impression that some fans make up their mind quickly that they don't like a player and then refuse to revise that. How many times do players/managers tell us that vocal fan support can be the difference in a game before we take notice?
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    lrm14 reacted to Millenniumram in Derby's Ultras 🎶   
    If he can orchestrate the fans to understand sometimes a backwards pass is the best option and to not groan all the time, that would be appreciated! Going ducking mad at the people round me today, swear some people think it’s still 1985...
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    lrm14 reacted to DerpyDane in Derby's Ultras 🎶   
    The capo we have in Copenhagen is doing a brilliant job. He keeps the atmosphere going throughout the whole game and the singing is a lot more organized than without one. It is especially useful to have one at times when the match is nothing to shout about or a momentum needs to be build. Not sure if there's no tradition for having one in england?
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    lrm14 reacted to AndyinLiverpool in Lawrence called up to Wales squad   
    You don't need to be puritanical or 'perfect' or to never have done anything wrong to recognise that there is something amiss with things carrying on as normal under such circumstances.
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    lrm14 reacted to Sexydadbod in Morris has bought shame on himself tonight   
    This is a completely different situation to when people were alleging that Mel was picking the team. We should have done what Sunderland did with Darron Gibson and suspended them until they’ve been seen in court. In fact Mel would have gotten more plaudits here for putting morality and ethics ahead of football, he certainly would have from one of his biggest critics like myself so I imagine lots of others would have felt the same. If we had plans of reintroducing them back into the team as soon as we have, Mel shouldn’t have said what he did the other day about the seriousness of drink driving, it makes him come across as a massive div
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    lrm14 reacted to superzak in Barnsley (A) Match Thread   
    well i thought the real weak link tonight was Duane holmes. Without Huddlestone second half he really struggled.
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    lrm14 reacted to DarkFruitsRam7 in Never Write A Player Off   
    Today has shown that you should never write a player off.
    Despite my respect for him, I completely disagreed with @86 Schmokes & a Pancake opposing the signing of Paterson simply because of his loyalty to a former club. However, at least he wasn’t writing him off on the pitch. Anyone who wrote Paterson off because of a couple of substitute appearances is, quite frankly, a ducking idiot. He was the best player on the pitch today by an absolute mile and I can’t wait to see him on Wednesday. Don’t write him off.
    On to Chris Martin. Chris ducking Martin. Coldplay. I confess, I thought he was done. Not physically, but mentally. I’ve seen it with many players, including myself (I used to be pretty decent as a kid but completely lost the skill I once had, mainly due to a loss of confidence on the pitch). Yet, last week and today, he showed that he’s back to fight for his place for good. I’m not saying that he’s going to reach the heights that he once hit, but he’s going about it the right way. Don’t write him off.
    Curtis Davies. I doubted whether he’d be able to play at the level he was at in 17/18, but he was good today. He was especially good on the ball, which I thought would be his weak point. Give him a few more games to return to match fitness and we could see the return of the best defender we’ve had in a decade. Don’t write him off.
    I’ve just given three examples of players who might have been written off but who proved us wrong today. This is why we can’t write off Bielik, Clarke, Dowell, and even Zoon. Bielik made some stupid decisions today, none more so than the penalty, but I think he’ll come good. There’s no reason to think that the others can’t, especially if we build on this result and start moving up the table.
    What a week. From the amazing, emotional ending at Elland Road; to the disappointment of this week’s events; to the fantastic start today; to the frustration of being pegged back and, finally, the elation at the late winner past daddy’s boy.
    Football is a crazy game and Derby are a crazy club. I wouldn’t have it any other way.
    Up the Rams. I’m off for a Dark Fruits.
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    lrm14 reacted to Kennington Ram in Keogh out for the season   
    What a horrid sinking feeling.
    I realise he's a wealthy man but I feel bad for Mel Morris. Time and time again everyone lets him down. What a bunch of Bamfords.
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    lrm14 got a reaction from derbydaz22 in Leeds United (A) Match Thread   
    I'm pretty sure he was screaming at the lino who didn't flag when Bamford was clearly offside for the second time.
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    lrm14 reacted to LazloW in Leeds United (A) Match Thread   
    Just wondering; before kick off, was anybody in any doubt that Leeds were a better team than us?
    Notwithstanding the play-off heroics, they mullered us three times last season.  They have also kept their manager, started today with the bulk of the team that was there last season, have been playing well and were at home. Oh, and they were after blood.
    We have lost arguably our best three players - and unfortunately thus far it doesn’t look like the replacements are as good, lost a couple of other potential regulars, have some injuries and we have (yet another) new manager who, I think obviously , is still finding his way.   We have been patchy to say the least (and that is probably being a bit kind!).   
    While you always want to perform as well as possible, anybody who thought today was going to be easy was probably kidding themselves.  In the context of this match, a smash and grab point is absolutely marvelous.  
    Now, again thus far, I am slightly concerned that Cocu is another manager who seems comfortable with the opposition having the ball.  If this is the case (and today wasn’t just a case of being completely outplayed) then we’re going to have a lot of games where we look poor.  This is very Rowett-esque.  It may end up being effective, but I don’t like to watch it.  Hopefully, GIVEN TIME, he’ll get us playing the positive, high tempo, progressive footy we (I?) want to see.
    BUT... if every time we play poorly, or look like losing, people start kicking off (again) then nobody will ever get any time and we’ll be where we are now forever and a day.
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    lrm14 got a reaction from Inverurie Ram in Leeds United (A) Match Thread   
    I'm pretty sure he was screaming at the lino who didn't flag when Bamford was clearly offside for the second time.
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    lrm14 reacted to B4ev6is in That the fighting spirt been looking   
    Today game was not preatty on the eye what Derby did well today after going behind to leeds man keogh said right lads we to fight to stay and hang on to half time once half time came along I said people behind me we need chris martin come on and not long after that I throught right we have chance get something or sneak a point. Leeds tried take him out by eblow to the face. But that put fight into martin and the lads he said to them right were going make them pay for that cheap shot and jamie Paterson fed chris martin and he did the rest by scoring that fanstic goal sending Derby fans wild. But man I was so glad I was there.
    Come on lads take on now and kick on lets start close that gap on forest now.
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    lrm14 reacted to G STAR RAM in Leeds United (A) Match Thread   
    Its probably the worst argument used to lambast Keogh.
    Do you realise Liverpool never won the Premier League with Steve Gerrard in the team?
    Southampton literally won nothing with Matt Le Tissier.
    I'm sure if I had the time I could find numerous more examples of good players that have won nothing.
    Doesnt the fact that so many managers and players rate him as a footballer make you question your own opinion at all?
    I could understand it if he was an average player but he is literally one of the best ball playing centre backs in the championship.
    Sure he does have defensive frailties and lapses of concentration but if he didnt he would be a premier league regular. He has performed to a regularly high standard at this level though.
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    lrm14 reacted to derbydaz22 in Leeds United (A) Match Thread   
    Bielik had a shocker I thought 
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    lrm14 reacted to Carl Sagan in Rooney or Cocu   
    Love that Philip Cocu is our manager. Finally someone with a brain and long-term strategy that will allow the club to benefit from its excellent academy and build a team that includes many of our talented youngsters. It was great to hear Pat Lyons raving about Sibley after the U23 game against Liverpool. 
    I will happily give Cocu 2 seasons now. We may not be, but I suspect that by the time Rooney arrives we'll be doing most things right and knocking on the door of the top six. And at that point the buzz and lift Rooney will give all the players will propel us higher. 
    It's a marathon not a sprint. 
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    lrm14 reacted to David in Rooney or Cocu   
    When a manager is a “dead man walking” you usually hear rumblings in the media, has anyone heard anything to suggest Cocu is? 
    Some fans are more trigger happy than owners, the ink is barely dry on a 4 year deal, to start this nonsense already is ridiculous.
    Sky were saying on Friday that Rooney talks with Cocu after every game, does that sound like a player forced upon the manager? Why are we always on the look out for some kind of drama, attempting to manufacture some when boredom kicks in.
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    lrm14 reacted to Ambitious in Middlesbrough to sue the EFL over Derby's Stadium Purchase   
    Amazing. Middlesbrough, who had a higher wage bill than us, are throwing their toys out of the pram due to our overspending. You couldn’t make it up. 
    It’s arguably one of the most bitter moves in the history of the English game, and I’m actually glad we’re at the heart of it. 
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    lrm14 reacted to Tamworthram in Derby Ladies v Forest   
    cocu out
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    lrm14 got a reaction from taffyram in The Derby way   
    It definitely is without Bogle. Even last year when we had players like Mount and Wilson, who are now both perfmorming excellently in the Prem, we'd struggle against sides and the deadlock would only be broken by a Wilson worldie. If Lampard had Paterson instead of Wilson and Shinnie instead of Mount, we'd have finished about 16th or lower.
    I know we say it every year now but we're due a massive rebuild. When Cocu said promotion wasn't the goal at the start of this season, I think that was his serious assessment of where the squad is at the moment and having seen some of the individual performances recently, he's not wrong.
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    lrm14 got a reaction from Dale The Ram in The Derby way   
    It definitely is without Bogle. Even last year when we had players like Mount and Wilson, who are now both perfmorming excellently in the Prem, we'd struggle against sides and the deadlock would only be broken by a Wilson worldie. If Lampard had Paterson instead of Wilson and Shinnie instead of Mount, we'd have finished about 16th or lower.
    I know we say it every year now but we're due a massive rebuild. When Cocu said promotion wasn't the goal at the start of this season, I think that was his serious assessment of where the squad is at the moment and having seen some of the individual performances recently, he's not wrong.
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    lrm14 reacted to Nuwtfly in Hold Your Nerve   
    Been a bit disappointing to see so many fans (not too many on here, mostly on Twitter) hitting the panic button after two defeats. I appreciate that this week has been something of a disaster (two defeats in a row and conceding six goals is going to annoy anyone), but we really need to hold our nerve here.
    When Cocu was appointed, many on here (and on Twitter) said they fully expected a transitional season. With so many players leaving as their contracts ran out, and the departure of our three most talented players (Tomori, Mount and Wilson), we should all have expected something of a decline in playing performances going into this season. 
    And now, as we begin to show the signs of a team going through a transition (inconsistent performances, the blooding of young players, trying different formations) many of us are suddenly losing our heads. 
    What did you expect? You've seen other teams go through this and come out the other side. So why the pandemonium? 
    Transitions take time. TIME. Some of you are calling it quits on this manager when he's had less games than Nigel flipping Pearson!
    We know what the modus operandi for this season is. We know what the aims are. They were communicated to us very clearly at the start of the season by Mel, Cocu and most of the players. We are trying to build something at this club now. We are trying to stop the constant chopping and changing of managers that has caused us to fall into the mess to start with. We are trying to finally utilise the incredible academy Mel has worked so hard to build, whilst building a footballing identity and philosophy and simultaneously stay competitive.
    You expect this to happen after 6 games? Come on. Let's get a hold of ourselves here. We have to back this team.
    Now, before you call me a happy clapper, I do think Cocu has made some errors. The first being some of the choices in the Forest game. I think he underestimated just how much that game means to us as a fanbase, and threw some youngsters in at the deepest of deep ends. He will learn from that. You could tell he had in the interview after the game.
    The second is the current use of formation. The 4-3-3, and the 4-2-3-1 to a lesser extent, aren't working because we are lacking any real quality in the wide areas, and a creative outlet in the 10 position. He needs to figure this one out, and I think he will. Richard Keogh suggested that he thought we looked good in a 3-5-2, and I agree with him. We've got the attacking full-backs to play this formation. Plus it means we can play Bielik in his preferred position of centre-half, with Keogh to the right of him and Clarke to the left. We could also play Waghorn and Marriott up top with each-other (which many of you wanted to see this season), and Lawrence in that 10 role behind the two of them. TL flourished in that system at Ipswich, so this might suit him in the long run.
    Regardless of this though, any system, formation, style will all take time. We all knew this at the start of the season, and we owe it, not just to the management, but to Mel and his vision, to not only give this time, but to back it. Back him. Back the club. Loads of you already are, so this post isn't really for you.
    Sorry this turned into something of a blogpost, but I've been stewing on what I wanted to say about all this since yesterday, and I couldn't really make it any shorter.
    Up the Rams! 🐏
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    lrm14 reacted to cannable in Team Spirit   
    This is a criticism often labelled at Keogh and yet there’s a cliche in football that everybody’s too soft and there aren’t any leaders left. You can’t have it both ways. 
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    lrm14 reacted to Duracell in Team Spirit   
    Suspect that one or two players only bought into what we did before because of our manager’s celebrity status.
    We need more Keoghs. Doesn’t matter if it’s Lampard, Clough or Rowett to him - his professionalism and commitment remains just the same.
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    lrm14 reacted to goldstar in Team Spirit   
    Id much rather he did what he did. He didn't single individuals out but made it clear that was unacceptable. If he had made excuses and pretended that was okay, that would be a downright lie and further distance himself from the fans. If the players need mollycoddling and telling everything is alright with that shower of poo then they need to duck off home. I wouldn't mind so much putting in 100% effort (a la Bryson) but getting the same result, but when it's strolling and apathy combined with that score line, it won't and can't be tolerated.
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    lrm14 reacted to RoyMac5 in Team Spirit   
    Showing disrespect would have been saying nothing and suggesting it would be okay with a bit of tweeking. Sod 'em all, yesterday sounded horrific and the highlights were real lo-lights! Something is wrong and ignoring it won't help.
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