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  1. COYR
    Mazzaram got a reaction from Steve How Hard? in Lawrence and Bennett charged with drink driving   
    I remember just how amazing the feeling was at the end of that epic match at Elland Road last season and the incredible buzz of it all. Looking back, I realise that what set it apart wasn't so much the result, let alone the performance. It was the feeling of unity that came from the joyous celebrations at the final whistle. To be there was special. The entire club - players, coaches, management, owner, backroom staff and the fans - all together in that one moment. Like the poem says, 'We are Derby'. Right now, that unity has been shattered. I have never felt so down about my club. It will take a long time for us to reach the heights of that togetherness again. For some, players, it will be the end. They have tossed away their moment. 
    However, this is OUR club - it's in your DNA - and together, everyone must rebuild it. Time for calm heads. The wisdom of Mel Morris, the professionalism of Philip Cocu, the resilience of the players, and the support of us loyal fans; all can and will turn this around. But it will be a long journey on a tough road. That journey starts today.
    COYR.
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    Mazzaram reacted to angieram in How to improve team spirit   
    I think the link between players and fans is tentatively improving- they do seem nervous of how we are going to react, especially at home. We can help with that by being a bit more patient. And it might help if a few more fans stay to applaud a win, too.
    It was a very simple thing for Morris and Cocu to walk round the perimeter today but it was definitely appreciated.
    The players do quite a lot for Derby County Community Trust already - I think 8 players contributed to the suicide prevention video for example - but I don't think people notice it or acknowledge it. 
    At the end of the day, winning matches is what makes the ultimate difference.  
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    Mazzaram got a reaction from IslandExile in Lawrence and Bennett charged with drink driving   
    I remember just how amazing the feeling was at the end of that epic match at Elland Road last season and the incredible buzz of it all. Looking back, I realise that what set it apart wasn't so much the result, let alone the performance. It was the feeling of unity that came from the joyous celebrations at the final whistle. To be there was special. The entire club - players, coaches, management, owner, backroom staff and the fans - all together in that one moment. Like the poem says, 'We are Derby'. Right now, that unity has been shattered. I have never felt so down about my club. It will take a long time for us to reach the heights of that togetherness again. For some, players, it will be the end. They have tossed away their moment. 
    However, this is OUR club - it's in your DNA - and together, everyone must rebuild it. Time for calm heads. The wisdom of Mel Morris, the professionalism of Philip Cocu, the resilience of the players, and the support of us loyal fans; all can and will turn this around. But it will be a long journey on a tough road. That journey starts today.
    COYR.
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    Mazzaram got a reaction from BarrowRam in Lawrence and Bennett charged with drink driving   
    I remember just how amazing the feeling was at the end of that epic match at Elland Road last season and the incredible buzz of it all. Looking back, I realise that what set it apart wasn't so much the result, let alone the performance. It was the feeling of unity that came from the joyous celebrations at the final whistle. To be there was special. The entire club - players, coaches, management, owner, backroom staff and the fans - all together in that one moment. Like the poem says, 'We are Derby'. Right now, that unity has been shattered. I have never felt so down about my club. It will take a long time for us to reach the heights of that togetherness again. For some, players, it will be the end. They have tossed away their moment. 
    However, this is OUR club - it's in your DNA - and together, everyone must rebuild it. Time for calm heads. The wisdom of Mel Morris, the professionalism of Philip Cocu, the resilience of the players, and the support of us loyal fans; all can and will turn this around. But it will be a long journey on a tough road. That journey starts today.
    COYR.
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    Mazzaram got a reaction from archram in Lawrence and Bennett charged with drink driving   
    I remember just how amazing the feeling was at the end of that epic match at Elland Road last season and the incredible buzz of it all. Looking back, I realise that what set it apart wasn't so much the result, let alone the performance. It was the feeling of unity that came from the joyous celebrations at the final whistle. To be there was special. The entire club - players, coaches, management, owner, backroom staff and the fans - all together in that one moment. Like the poem says, 'We are Derby'. Right now, that unity has been shattered. I have never felt so down about my club. It will take a long time for us to reach the heights of that togetherness again. For some, players, it will be the end. They have tossed away their moment. 
    However, this is OUR club - it's in your DNA - and together, everyone must rebuild it. Time for calm heads. The wisdom of Mel Morris, the professionalism of Philip Cocu, the resilience of the players, and the support of us loyal fans; all can and will turn this around. But it will be a long journey on a tough road. That journey starts today.
    COYR.
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    Mazzaram got a reaction from RoyMac5 in Lawrence and Bennett charged with drink driving   
    I remember just how amazing the feeling was at the end of that epic match at Elland Road last season and the incredible buzz of it all. Looking back, I realise that what set it apart wasn't so much the result, let alone the performance. It was the feeling of unity that came from the joyous celebrations at the final whistle. To be there was special. The entire club - players, coaches, management, owner, backroom staff and the fans - all together in that one moment. Like the poem says, 'We are Derby'. Right now, that unity has been shattered. I have never felt so down about my club. It will take a long time for us to reach the heights of that togetherness again. For some, players, it will be the end. They have tossed away their moment. 
    However, this is OUR club - it's in your DNA - and together, everyone must rebuild it. Time for calm heads. The wisdom of Mel Morris, the professionalism of Philip Cocu, the resilience of the players, and the support of us loyal fans; all can and will turn this around. But it will be a long journey on a tough road. That journey starts today.
    COYR.
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    Mazzaram reacted to maxjam in our role as supporters   
    I support the club through thick and thin. 
    I'm not condoning the actions of those involved and expect to see appropriate punishment, then when the dust has settled and if they have shown genuine remorse and made moves to grow as human beings we move on.
    If you forever hold people accountable to their worst mistakes despite their efforts to learn from the experience it probably says more about you than it does them. 
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    Mazzaram reacted to Nuwtfly in our role as supporters   
    What's that old saying? Sometimes in a crisis, you learn who your friends are?
    I think we can choose, as supporters, to back the players that did the right thing, rather than focus on lambasting those that didn't.
    I wish I could get there on Saturday. I'd going over-the-top to make sure the players wearing that Derby shirt know I back them.
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    Mazzaram reacted to David in our role as supporters   
    The club also has my full support as a supporter. 
    Comes as no surprise that this has been used to reignite attacks towards Mel who right now I cannot imagine how he must feel, not only an owner but a fan of this club.
    He, Phillip Cocu, the staff and their teammates have all been let down by the actions of a small number of individuals.
    It was clear from yesterday’s press conference this has deeply saddened Cocu and I’m sure that feeling runs throughout the club. 
    Talk of boycotting games, not wearing club colours, booing during games is the last thing this club deserves or needs right now. 
    By coming together now and supporting this club from top to bottom does not condone the actions of those individuals, nor does it have to condone transfer activity, manager sackings, stadium sales or anything you feel personally aggrieved by. 
    Please, I beg you to put that and this irresponsible selfish act to one side and get behind this club, because as supporters that’s our role. This club means so much to so many people to just walk away and distance ourselves when it needs us the most.
    There is a reason you all keep coming on this forum everyday, spending hours at a time. You love this club.
    Tomorrow, Pride Park needs to be rocking louder than it ever has before, show of solidarity, no songs, chants making light or trying to find a humour from this situation, it’s not funny, there is nothing to laugh at. 
    Family friendly, allowing all 4 stands to join in and create an atmosphere fitting of this club. 
    Come on Derby!!!!
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    Mazzaram reacted to Spanish in our role as supporters   
    I expect some will agree with but maybe many won't and I may need to find my tin hat!
    the last 24 hours have been horrible and I have been very critical of those that witnessed the after event drinks evening.  I am trying not to overreact but I sense we are in a bit of a mess and facing a crisis.  Some fans have been provoked by all this to aim criticism at the club and IMO some of it has sounded more like something you would from the enemy rather than a friend.  Our pet red dogs on this forum have been quite respectful really but we have been doing most of the work for them!  I anticipate some of the more extreme responses are being copied around the florest, leeds etc forums whilst they laugh at us.  We all have the right to comment but I question whether the current approach by some is healthy. 
    This is starting to get to me, as I have said elsewhere the clubs current representatives and players are temporary but the fans are permanent.  I am treating this as a siege which we will get through.  Rather than venting anger at the club I want to be a supporter doing the limited amount, I suppose I am able to, to help rather than hinder
    I vow to give my club my blind support until it recovers, until that time comes I will not publicly crticise anything relating to the club whatsoever.
    I would fervently hope there will be a few others with a similar approach 
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    Mazzaram reacted to BramcoteRam84 in Leeds United (A) Match Thread   
    What Leeds are doing is reminiscent of Derby towards the end of Mac1. Dominating games, not getting results through daft defensive errors or not being clinical. Derby fans on here and other message boards were in meltdown at the situation. We have no plan B was the common cry. Then we won a decent proportion of games under Rowett and it was no good because the football was rubbish! In the modern game, nothing is right unless you get promoted and that honour will only be enjoyed by three sets of fans this year! Most Managers/Coaches can’t win.
    Anyway as for yesterday’s game. The positives were the result, the last 25 minutes and the subs, notably Chrissy Martin for whom I’m delighted. I wasn’t expecting anything so it’s a point gained, we did well to stay in the game and Leeds for all their play didn’t create as many chances as Brentford for example so some credit has to go to the defence...possibly but debatable.
    Midfield balance looked right as soon as Bielik went off. Doesn’t work with him and Huddlestone. Bielik particularly was dreadful, poor discipline in his position (or is this due to confusion between his Job and Huddlestone’s) and he looked lethargic and not interested. Hudds may not be able to get around the pitch but at least he was breaking his neck trying. I’ll put it down to a bad day at the office for Bielik but Cocu needs to address the midfield, you can’t play him and Tom. 
    Martin benefited from the midfield changes whereas Marriott was forced to feed off scraps. That said Marriott needs to do more, if not Martin could find himself in the starting lineup - but play a midfield like we had for most of the game yesterday - there’s no point playing Martin.
    Holmes was poor but he’ll be better in future games. Knight is pushing for a start and id be tempted to give Dowell another go.
    Paterson looked good when he came on he starts the next game for me. Flo Jo has had enough chances now and disappointed yet again. Lawrence has also got to come back. We have options but got to get the midfield balance right or we’ll go nowhere.
    The first 45 mins was as bad as I’ve seen in years and we can’t afford many performances like that. Play like the last 25 mins, then we have 6 games now that are very winnable, a good haul of points and things will look very different. 
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    Mazzaram reacted to BobbyD in Hold Your Nerve   
    Shame you didn’t post this at the start of the season but just waited until things started going pear shaped .... otherwise you might have had some credibility 
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    Mazzaram reacted to alexxxxx in Hold Your Nerve   
    Next couple of weeks will be vital to get gel the team together until the next international break. 
    Unfortunately some members of our squad will be absent when we could do with them at Moor Farm but I'm sure the rest of them will be working hard together to get us back on track for the next block of games. 
    This is a good time for a reset and a chance to lift the spirits of the players. 
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    Mazzaram reacted to i-Ram in Hold Your Nerve   
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    Mazzaram reacted to Steve How Hard? in Hold Your Nerve   
    It's gonna be a long 2 weeks this international break after the last two results. Well said @Nuwtfly, a bit of rationalisation in a time of mass hysteria. Baffles me how quickly the pendulum swings. One minute Cocu is a cool customer who calmly calculates changes required to change things during a game to the next minute being almost a clueless clown. I've no idea whether he'll adapt quickly to the madness of the Championship but for crying out loud at least give the man time before hanging him out to dry. 
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    Mazzaram reacted to Cool As Custard in Hold Your Nerve   
    Said to myself this season I wasn’t going to post anything good or bad about the new regime until the international break - too much chance for getting over excited or too down as things bed in - however @Nuwtfly has taken the words straight out of my mouth though.
    We are exactly where I thought we would be before the season started - bottom 6! We’re exactly where we were under the The Bald Eagle after his first 8 games - that year we had lost 3 of our best players (Williams, Short & Pembridge) just as we have this year (Mount, Wilson, Tomori).
    It took him a while to get the players at his disposal playing in the system best suited to them & the signing of Igor & playing him at the centre of the back 3 in a 3-5-2 was integral to our promotion surge. I’m not saying we are going to do the same this year but the parallels are remarkable. Just wait until Bielik gets going in the middle of a back 3 next to Keogh & Clarke with Lowe & Bogle bombing forward.
    Then give Lawrence a free role behind Waghorn & Marriott - just as Ron Willems & Paul Simpson combined to sit behind Gabbiadini & Sturridge. Go a bit more direct & those 3 will give defences a lot more problems.
    My only worry is that I dont think we have the strength sitting in midfield that Darryl Powell & Van Der Laan gave us. It’s a season too far for Huddlestone & Evans is dominant enough - this system would have been better suited to Bradley Johnson alongside a much stronger loan signing  than Dowell - I’d certainly have preferred someone more like Trevor Chalobah or might this be the role for Sibley & Knight with their energy to shine?
    Even so I think that we are only 2 or 3 players & tweak of system away from a really exciting first 11. If we finish anywhere above 16th this season I’ll be happy as long as we are in a position where Cocu knows exactly what he needs to bring in over the next 2 transfer windows.
    In todays world of keyboard warriors & Football Manager experts Jim Smith would have been out on his ear after the 5-1 mauling at Tranmere. We’d never then have had experienced the joys of Wanchope, Baiano, Eranio, Asanovic or Mikel Beck!
    Patience is needed - Cocu is the man. He’s not stupid - he’s learning about the team, the league & the club. He’s shown he’s an intelligent guy. He just needs a bit of time & it will be sorted - we just need to stop feeling so entitled & presume that there is a better solution out there. There is no quick fix but if everyone get’s behind the players, the manager & the club has a bit of faith & patience then who knows what will happen.....
     
     
     
     
     
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    Mazzaram 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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    Mazzaram got a reaction from Ramarena in v Brentford (A) Match Thread   
    Having been to every game so far this season, my view is that it is in the transition where the problem lies. Huddlestone is far too ponderous. Lawrence is a luxury player that we cannot carry. Dowell is just not up to scratch. If we are playing 4-3-3 after the international break, Bielik HAS to play the holding role, Knight for Dowell with Holmes. Up front, Waghorn, Marriott and Bennett. 
    We are struggling, but it is not yet desperation stakes.
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    Mazzaram got a reaction from Chester40 in v Brentford (A) Match Thread   
    Having been to every game so far this season, my view is that it is in the transition where the problem lies. Huddlestone is far too ponderous. Lawrence is a luxury player that we cannot carry. Dowell is just not up to scratch. If we are playing 4-3-3 after the international break, Bielik HAS to play the holding role, Knight for Dowell with Holmes. Up front, Waghorn, Marriott and Bennett. 
    We are struggling, but it is not yet desperation stakes.
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    Mazzaram got a reaction from angieram in v Brentford (A) Match Thread   
    Having been to every game so far this season, my view is that it is in the transition where the problem lies. Huddlestone is far too ponderous. Lawrence is a luxury player that we cannot carry. Dowell is just not up to scratch. If we are playing 4-3-3 after the international break, Bielik HAS to play the holding role, Knight for Dowell with Holmes. Up front, Waghorn, Marriott and Bennett. 
    We are struggling, but it is not yet desperation stakes.
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    Mazzaram reacted to JABBA in The Disappointment Gap   
    I have been expecting this season for a while and really thought it would be last year.
    Two exceptional loans made the difference last season and it really was a false position with us catching the playoffs more due to other teams ineptitude and some ridiculous goals. 
    The ageing squad had reached the end of the line and what we are seeing now is that it’s paper thin and lacking in quality (or at least consistent quality), especially in the wide positions.
    its important that we get the likes of Knight, Sibley and Buchanan 10+ starts this season to put them in the mix next year and to shape future recruitment. Getting promoted this season would deny them first team opportunities as the step up would be far too soon.
    some fans need to realise that we have been spoilt with how often we have flirted with promotion in recent years, but we need to focus and building something sustainable which may take a season or two.
     
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    Mazzaram reacted to Andrew3000 in The Disappointment Gap   
    Between the ideal images we create (based on our hopes and expectations) and reality lies the disappointment gap.  
    How we manage the emotions this creates is crucial, as often this gives rise to understandable anger, fear and sadness.
    This summer Mel masterfully stimulated our dreams and set some specific expectations, namely:
    1. Shexshy attacking football.
    2. Connection with the fans.
    3. Bringing in quality loans.
    4. Bringing in our exciting youth.
     
    So it's easy to see how we have so far been let down particularly on the first 3 . So we will be fearful angry and sad (think we miss this one out sometimes) but try not to hurt ourselves or others in the process.
    It might help to focus on the fact that no one intended this to happen, the club will be working hard to put it right and that football is perhaps best enjoyed as one epic story, the unpredictable and strange journey of our wonderful Derby County.
    Anyway, enough psychobabble. Peace out COYR.
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    Mazzaram reacted to angieram in Cocu up to now   
    Yes, I try only to comment on a particular performance though, rather than making a generalisation. Someone else on the thread has said there's no bad players at this level and I agree. It doesn't necessarily mean that they will all fit with the current style and complement the other players available.
    In our current situation, something isn't quite working smoothly. If you gradually change all the components but one and nothing improves, then sooner or later you have to question that component, too. But there are so many permutations in a squad our size that could take you several seasons to achieve. Some of it has to be instinct (and possible preference) as well. That's why managers get paid so much - to search out the elusive ingredients that make the perfect recipe for success!
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    Mazzaram got a reaction from Andicis in Cocu up to now   
    I agree. Bielik and Knight, with perhaps Evans or Holmes.
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    Mazzaram reacted to ossieram in Keogh and Forest groundsman in alleged scuffle   
    Shuan Barker lying injured in the goalmouth, Forest fans sing let him die.
    Forest fans Mock Kris Commons after his still born child is born.
    Forest fans sing about the Philpott children.
    Forest fans throw coins and urine down on Derby fans from the upper Bridgeford.
    Forest fans throw the heads of dead sheep through a pub window in Chellaston and leave others on car bonnets.
    Forest fan banned after racist tweet to Duane Holmes.
    Forest fans hound Nigel Doughty out of the club and then get offended when Derby fans sing "you wanted him gone"
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