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  1. So many fallacies here Clearly not everyone cries out for stability, and remember we have lost the last 2 managers through no fault of the club. Far from being the first sign of a bad run of form, how many times have we won successive games to date with Coco? Having a different opinion to you is no reflection of maturity. It is not a crisis yet but we need to start winning a few games or it will be.
  2. Pantomime style I could say it does but I can't recall a recent Derby forward win so many aerials as Martin did last night and give the defence a severe physical challenge
  3. He made umpteen changes not necessitated by injury. The key to the improvement in the games leading up to and including Preston was Martin's ability to hold up the ball and help players like Lawrence to deliver. The last two performances have been dire - neither Marriott or Waghorn can do that job effectively
  4. Like you I cannot understand his selections, they seem to have little connection to what happens on the pitch. Dowell was dire last week and even worse at Blackburn. Go back a month and we were starting to put in improved performances, even when losing at Forest. The Preston game saw a performance, if only in the first half that bettered anything to date. Lessons seemed to have been learned and Coco seemed to be closer to knowing his best eleven. In the last two games showed that assumption was erroneous. Against Preston, we pressed high and saw some high quality fluent passing and threatening play in the final third. Since then both have vanished.
  5. And that is the biggest reason to criticise Cocu. He has seen what happened when Marriott has lead the line before and ignores what he has seen, especially in contrast to the first half against Preston, when Martin starts the game in that position. Martin helps other players to raise their game and Cocu himself has acknowledged that. Cocu has been very unlucky regarding injuries and the impact on selection but he shows little sign of successfully evaluating his best eleven.
  6. We did not compete in most areas. What a contrast to last Saturday when we pressed high and dominated the opposition, for 45 minutes at least. Instead we conceded them possession in their own half. When defending we gave them so much space around our penalty area they had plenty of time to choose a pass or shot. There is a continuing mental frailty about our squad away from Pride Park, as shown by the limp response when we concede a goal.
  7. There were a few glimpses on the pitch Rowett ignored that Vydra and Martin could do well together. He was a clinical finisher but technically and intelligence wise is way behind Martin. For him to succeed the team has to be built around him, Cocu won't be looking there.
  8. Holmes brings much to the team but far too often moves break down when the ball reaches him through a wayward pass or poor decision. (I see he got top rating on Who Scored, yet had by far the worst pass completion of those with many minutes on the pitch)
  9. George Thorne - if not for injuries, we would probably be playing in the Premier League and he would be playing for England Raul Albentosa - signed for £540k, sold for £700k Cyrus Christe - signed for £100k, sold for £2.5m Tom Ince - (top scorer) signed for £6m, sold for £8m Matej Vydra - (top scorer) signed for £8m sold for £11m David Nugent, Curtis Davies, Tom Huddlestone, Jack Marriott, Duane Holmes, all under £3m and have played roles in us reaching successive play off campaigns. Getting Chris Martin for free has to be Nigel Clough's best bit of business, in comparison with that lot
  10. I saw Reg in several matches but never saw him smoking. One of the most notorious smokers was Burnley's former manager, Stan Ternent. In his biography he relates getting a letter from a fan complaining about the disgusting example Stan was giving to juveniles by smoking on the touchline. His reply was succinct " B----s, love Stan"
  11. Like you I would opt for the same starting eleven. The selection will show us much about Cocu's thinking, the 11 last week were chosen with Boro in mind. Did he see enough to convince him that the same approach could deliver on a regular basis? I don't often agree with Ramage but I want to see us giving it a go on Saturday. After recent away results a point will be a good outcome.
  12. But we have also only won 3 from 12 and look at the performances in those 3 games - hardly convincing. I cannot see what will change in the next couple of months to spark a revival. This has nothing to do with questioning his ability but more a square peg round hole type of thing.
  13. One of my blackest memories as well, and we never recovered. We won one more game that season and in the following 4 seasons up to relegation managed to lose more than we won., with the help of some "stellar signings", not least Docherty
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