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Gritty

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  1. Gritty

    Butterfield

    So you aren't a fan of Huddlestone then I assume? Not every position requires a player to be a Duracell bunny. He seemed no more or less energetic than most midfielders to me.
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    Butterfield

    In the one game I watched in pre season in which he played, Butterfield was MOTM I thought actually. Seem to think a few others did But he's clearly not in FL plans. And I respect the managers opinion. There's no basis for saying he's lazy or not fit enough unless you are a coach at dcfc though. I haven't seen anything from the club saying that. I don't get why fans seem to hate players who may not be up to standard. Doesn't mean they aren't trying. They just maybe need to either drop a level or, more often, play for a team with a style that suits them (Shotton is one of highest performing players on whoscored.com by playing for a manager/ system that suits him; despite the bile that came his way on here which seemed to imply he could barely kick a ball) And why should he take a pay cut? Its not his fault we gave him a contract and then decided we didn't want him and no club came in for him. If we want to pay him off, fine.
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    What's happening with George Thorne?

    He was good. After his injury he played very poorly. I was baffled he was given a new contract
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    Butterfield

    For the position next to Mount there's Bryson, Johnson, Ledley, Holmes, Bird, Sibley and even Bennett and Evans (who could both play am) likely to play there before Butterfield
  5. Regardless, Utd will be a big scalp when we win. Have to wait until we're in the Champions League to down Barca and Real.
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    What's happening with George Thorne?

    I suspect he wanted a championship move but nobody came in for him. Probably loaned to league one in Jan.
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    Mason Bennett

    Lawrence has been delivering this year. I think he's been good
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    Mason Bennett

    I guess the fact nobody is asking when Wilson is back shows Bennett is doing pretty well
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    v Millwall (A) Match Thread

    All about opinions. Here's the "WhoScored view" FWIW: https://www.whoscored.com/Matches/1288709/Live/England-Championship-2018-2019-Millwall-Derby Lawrence comes out ahead of JoFlo on their view. Lawrence scores better than most too. Keogh worse than Tomori. But they are just opinions too
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    Bradley Johnson

    Agree with two DMs (or 3 CBs). BJ starred in a Norwich side that got promoted. Maybe its about how managers use him rather than his intrinsic abilities. I find it odd to find a thread started about him on a day he played well though
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    Bradley Johnson

    One of Derby's best players in second half today. Made great challenges and interceptions, accurate passing and kept up pressure on Millwall in second half. Not sure what sparked this thread.
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    v Millwall (A) Match Thread

    In first half we were shockingly bad. I mean really awful. Probably the worst 45 mins of football I've seen Derby play since Jewel was in charge. The first goal was comically bad and the second an unlucky deflection but they could have had more. Keogh is a player I have supported for a long time but he had some comic moments: he managed to run across the box and then turn and kick the ball out for a corner. It was just weird. He looked petrified. This wasn't just down to players though; it was the organisation of the players and the tactics. Whenever we had a Goal kick, our fullbacks pushed up almost to the half way line and Keogh and Tomori kept splitting and going to either side of the box but only about 5 yards in from the goalline. This left a gaping hole in the middle and Carson had to try and play the ball to the midfield 2. It was obvious this was going to happen so Millwall just overwhelmed them and basically marauded through at will. It was just shockingly bad and - I'm sorry - it was the organisation and tactics that were most at fault. Second half began like the first but Forsyth came on and his passing was pretty good and things started to improve. Then we put on Nugent and Bennett and the game changed completely (it wasn't lost on me we had taken off 3 FL signings and replaced with 3 players already at the club). We were suddenly enthused with desire: Mount, Bryson, Johnson and Forsyth marauded forward. Bennett stretched, hustled and bustled, Nugent chased lost causes. We started winning the fights and Milwall were on the back foot. Nugent's goal was fully with the run of play. And then we poured forward and were winning all the second balls and attacking properly. Mount was in and around most of our good stuff but - athough not flashy - Johnson was everywhere mopping things up and keeping things ticking. An equalizer would have been deserved. I'm not sure what to make of it all. Lampard's tactics look naive. If we are going to play with wingbacks and push both forward at same time (which we seem to), we need to play with 3 at the back I think; or as least play with 2 defensive midfielders so one can drop into the back line when the wing backs roam forward. Alternatively, when one wingback surges, the other should stay back. But pushing both forward just leaves the centre halves exposed. Keogh should be dropped on the first 3 games unless we are going to play 3 at the back. I say that with great sadness. Play Wisdom or Tomori in his place when Davies is back if we are sticking with 2. Lawrence is playing well. Mount is playing well. Stick with them. Bennett has to start. He did far more than Jozefzoon (and infinitely more than Wilson has done thus far). Play Nugent. Waghorn may be the better player. But Nugent's presence just energises the team. I'd keep Forsyth in ahead of Lowe and Malone. He looked our best leftback of the season so far in the second half Lampard is learning his trade and it looks like he's going to take a while. I fear this season is not going to be one we are challenging for the top 6. He'll make mistakes but he's intelligent and needs time to work it out. I think. But I thikn this year he'll be making mistakes as he goes along and we'll be midtable I can't get that first 45 out of my mind. Truly unbelievably bad
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    v Millwall (A) Match Thread

    Good point
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    v Millwall (A) Match Thread

    Move Johnson alongside Evans and make it a 4231 and I might go for that
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    v Millwall (A) Match Thread

    Taking my 7 year old to his first Millwall fixture. He's excited
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