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Derby County Match Preview 28/10/2010

Posted by Matt Rowson in Thoughts about things.

A match preview, you say? Now there’s an idea. Not sure why we didn’t think of that before. In the first of what may be a very occasional series, Chris Smith of the very fine Ramspace offers us a view from the other side of the fence…

“I think most Derby fans would agree that we’ve had a good start to the season, which could have been fantastic if we’d scored half the points we should have in the opening six games.

Most heartening, after the dross of the last 5 years or so (even the football in our promotion year wasn’t great), has been our all new 4-2-3-1 formation and total football passing style. We rarely even do long goal kicks or keeper drop kicks anymore!

Partly inspired by Jonny Metgod’s stint as a scout for Holland at the World Cup and partly inspired by Blackpool (who properly nailed us at Pride Park last season), this has been very easy on the eye and made for some 5 star entertainment, mostly in a good way (5-0 Palace, 3-1 Boro, 3-0 PNE) although not always (2-2 QPR after being 2-0 up on 92 mins).

You will be well aware of the usual Championship tactics of 4-4-2 Home and 4-5-1 away, so its really interesting to see the first 5 minutes of each game to see what, if anything, the opposition have done to counter our tactics. We aren’t the toughest team in the world and it is possible to get in our face and nulify us (Sheff Utd and Millwall did this) however if you let us play (Leeds, Palace and Doncaster) then we’re definitely good for at least 2 goals.

Players to watch out for… Commons as a matchwinner but the real threat comes through our Spanish loanee Alberto Bueno. He’s clearly too good for the Championship and I think he’ll probably move on to bigger things at the end of his season loan, but he’s a real box of tricks and we’re just enjoying him whilst he’s here. Also watch out for our right back John Brayford, who we signed from Crewe in the summer. Great player, who will ask questions of your left full back all afternoon.

The table’s so tight, a win Saturday could really help both teams. Should be a cracker.”

Chris Smith



1. dr duck - 29/10/2010

Great addition. A rare treat to get the other side’s view. Acknowledgement that there’s two teams on the pitch may be a staggering revelation for some fans, and the result is not always just down to what happens in yellow. Would love to hear their thoughts on our start to the season too though. COYH!

Matt Rowson - 29/10/2010

We did USED to do previews, at t’other place. Quite a lot of them, in fact…

PDF - 02/11/2010

Bring back t’other place

Matt Rowson - 07/11/2010

not bloody likely

2. marcus - 29/10/2010

Agreed – got to have an insightful preview (let’s watch for the Spaniard) and dr duck correctly reminds that t’other side may have something to do wi’outcome too.

3. Johnny Boy - 29/10/2010

A preview of Derby and no mention of …….. you know who – lovely

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