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Derby County v Aston Villa Play Off Final, Wembley May 27 2019

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The biggest conundrum for me is whether you play Bennett, Waghorn or Marriott?

Apart from that Cole in for Malone and pretty much the same.

Come on ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls get your tickets for Wembley and join Frank  Lampards Derby County in the play off final. It’s one game away from the Premier League.

Come on you Rams!!!

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For me if fit Waghorn comes back in on the Right with marriott down the middle,Holmes on bench and Wilson in the three with Mount and Johnson,side that put WBA and Man Utd to the sword

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Marriott has to start. It's down to Bennett or Waghorn, and after that performance last night, I expect it to be Bennett. 442 or 433? The 'back 8' pick themselves either way:

                Roos

Bogle Keogh Tomori Cole

             Johnson

         Wilson Mount

 

Then it's between:

      Lawrence

Bennett* Marriott

or 

Bennett* Marriott Lawrence

 

* or Waghorn

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37 minutes ago, Gritters said:

The biggest conundrum for me is whether you play Bennett, Waghorn or Marriott?

Apart from that Cole in for Malone and pretty much the same.

Come on ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls get your tickets for Wembley and join Frank  Lampards Derby County in the play off final. It’s one game away from the Premier League.

Come on you Rams!!!

I achually thought it worked bennett and marriott as a 2 

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46 minutes ago, Gritters said:

The biggest conundrum for me is whether you play Bennett, Waghorn or Marriott?

Apart from that Cole in for Malone and pretty much the same.

Come on ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls get your tickets for Wembley and join Frank  Lampards Derby County in the play off final. It’s one game away from the Premier League.

Come on you Rams!!!

You’ve got to introduce the Wembley thread better than that!😂

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Depends how we intend to set up. 

I'm not sure Waghorn would be anymore effective in a two than Bennett, alot of his goals this season have come from the wing playing in to him. 

But on the other hand it's clear Marriott plays much better with a another alongside him, he chases the second ball and tends to run onto a moving ball better than coming deep and collecting. 

Head says Waghorn/Marriott would work, gives us scope to switch to 4-3-3 easily too. Heart says Lampard will stick with Bennett, he's ducking loves him. 

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Going to be interesting to see what he does with the set up. Hopefully Waggy will be fit for this one.

I'd stick with the diamond. 

Roos; Bogle, Keogh, Tomori, Cole; Johnson, Mount, Wilson; Lawrence, Marriott, Waghorn. 

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This has such a strange feeling about it to me.

10 years ago, we beat WBA despite being second best throughout the game. We had been top 2 for much of the season playing a turgid brand of anti-football, and all seemed lost.

More recently, against QPR we were by far the best team on the day, and again, had been likely automatics for much of the season and frankly, deserved promotion. We had walked the semi-final and it was our destiny to win the game.

This time, we were written off by nearly everyone, myself included, months ago - with the final nail in the coffin being Blackburn away. We had an onslaught of must win difficult games to finish the season, we had to do the impossible at ******* Road just to eventually make it... this is so different.

This seems like almost a free-hit against all odds. This season has been magical and as long as we give it our all and don't get cheated out on the day, i'm more ok with a loss than I would've been in previous years.

This team turns up for big games more often than they don't, and they certainly don't know when to call it quits and lie down. 

They're enthusiastic and infectious, they're so relatable to us all, they embody the fans and what it means to be Derby. All the credit in the absolute world to Frank Lampard to understand the city in less than a season, and not just that, instill all of that spirit in a group of players who aren't all permanent Derby players. That's an incredible achievement, regardless of how we eventually end up this season.

Something special has already happened, let's hope we've just got a little bit more special left.

Edited by Srg

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Thought Bennett was excellent last night, some key contributions to goals, but his all round performance. His game at youth level was all about his strength, it was always going to take time for that to come through at senior level. He gave that Leeds defence a torrid time last night, and that gave Marriott the space to make the runs into the box. 

Keep the diamond, keep them 2 up front.

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1 minute ago, jimbo jones said:

Thought Bennett was excellent last night, some key contributions to goals, but his all round performance. His game at youth level was all about his strength, it was always going to take time for that to come through at senior level. He gave that Leeds defence a torrid time last night, and that gave Marriott the space to make the runs into the box. 

Keep the diamond, keep them 2 up front.

I’d go for Waghorn if fit. He’s still our best striker IMO. Those dropped will be hungry if they come off the bench.

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13 minutes ago, BurtonRam7 said:

I’ve got an exam two days after the final. If we win, that means I’ve got one day to recover.

Also, I said at Swansea away that I’d get Keogh tattooed on my arse if we go up. Silly twit.

You could save money by having KE  and GH on the respective buttocks.

Edited by reveldevil

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10 minutes ago, BurtonRam7 said:

I’d go for Waghorn if fit. He’s still our best striker IMO. Those dropped will be hungry if they come off the bench.

If you play one up front, maybe he is. If you play 2 up front, a partnership is more important than who’s the best striker. Depends how Frank wants to go. 

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32 minutes ago, Srg said:

This seems like almost a free-hit against all odds. This season has been magical and as long as we give it our all and don't get cheated out on the day, i'm more ok with a loss than I would've been in previous years.

Was thinking much the same thing - this team will get a standing ovation of majestic proportions win or lose at Wembley.

It's been an amazing journey this season - there will be no shame in losing at Wembley

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As I said in the preview to the Leeds game, as long as we really go for it and are offensive then we can have no regrets, whether we win or lose. The worst thing would be to feel that we could have played better and didn't give our all.

I re-call Joey Barton saying(might have been in his book as I can't seem to find it on the net), that in the 2014 play off final, the Derby players got complacent and thought they were in control as they were dominating the match so didn't play to their full capability, so much so that it started to get to some of the Derby players' heads because they believed they won after the O'Neil red card , which then gave the QPR players motivation to beat us. Hopefully the humbling defeats against Villa will prevent any complacency. Likewise, we don't want a situation where we are absolutely terrified of Villa and have an inferiority complex like we did v Fulham last season in the play off second leg and the first leg v leeds to extent last week. If we give it our absolute all then we can have no complaints or regrets because I think we all know deep down that Villa are the favourites for this game.

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