Just a few thoughts on todays game on matters that maybe haven't been said before :
There's no point getting overly worked up about the result today. Fulham were much better than us, plain and simple
The players we have are not good enough to get us promoted. Not their fault, not our fault, its just where we are.
We are not going to expect to mount a serious promotion push with players like Cameron and Andreas as regulars in the team. Or with others like Forsyth, Nugent and Thorne playing so far below their potential. And even when playing at the top of our game it would be difficult to accommodate such unintelligent footballers as Lawrence and Johnson. All in all , we are miles away from mounting a serious challenge to go up.
The team spirit that we seemed to have at the end of the calendar year appears to have deserted us. We don't play as a team who support and help each other. The body language of Matej, in particular, borders on embarrassing right now.
With hindsight, the club have had a truly dreadful January window. Partly unlucky, partly self-inflicted. To think that we have sent our top scorer on loan and have replaced him the way we have is excrutiatingly sad.The club have mucked up badly and should admit it.
So in my view it is quite understandable that fans are booing. They have been badly let down. They have seen this now for several years in a row. Promises have been made, posturing has taken place , and it has very quickly, repeatedly, ended in nought.
The credibility of Gary is now being called into question. The early rhetoric, which sounded so good, has not been converted into action. Bizarrely, despite championing new, vigorous youth, we have gone the other way and have invested in ex-premier league, older players. Exactly the opposite of what was promised. And not one youth player has made it through to the first team. The tactics of sitting off, never leaving a single player upfield during an opposition free kick or corner, resulting in continued pressure even when the ball is cleared, have played straight into the hands of our rivals. And we sign a player on loan, he scores two in two and lights up the team, then next game he is on the bench. It beggars belief.
And off the field, for the second home game in a row, the club and police have got it wrong, with disturbances on Derwent Parade towards Wyvern Way. Against Leeds the other week this could have resulted in some very serious situations.
And it must be recorded that the new arrangements for crossing over the A52 opposite Toys R Us are an absolute time bomb waiting to go off. The idea that it is somehow safe to corral hundreds and hundreds of fans into a narrow, high fenced area with no way out on either side, is bordering on sheer neglect and dereliction of duty, almost waiting for a shocking disaster to happen. That disaster very nearly materialised the other night after the Leeds game. If that situation had turned into the serious public order breakdown that it could so very easily have done , then we might very well be talking about the modern day Hillsborough equivalent, there on Pride Park. I urge the authorities to act on this matter.
All in all a pretty sorry situation at Derby, once again.
Still, we fans will still be there in the future, supporting our club through thick and thin.
Well after Mel, Gary, et al have been and gone.