Monthly Archives: July 2010
I went to the Stoke game the other night and was overall pretty impresses by what I saw. Accepting that the ‘senior spine’ of our team were missing in Hulse, Sav and Barker, the Rams controlled the game with long periods of possession and this new formation has got definite potential.
Nigel has spoken since he joined us about having a young and hungry squad and it really felt like that was the case on Tuesday. The players, looked fit, enthusiastic and like they wanted the ball constantly – when was the last time you could say that about a Rams team ?
Also respect to Adidas. After my various recent moans about how boring our kit launches were nowadays, they dropped a genuine bomb with the new Baiano away remodel. To my mind one of our best away kits ever (the Kitson Columbia obviously being the best).
Here’s a run down on the Players involved on Tuesday :-
Bywater - Not a lot to do but solid enough. The key point was that he short passed or threw everything, even to the point of a couple of dodgy central roll outs to under pressure midfielders. He did this too often for it not to be policy.
Brayford – He looks really good so far. Mobile, good on the ball and aggressive. A definite improvement on Nicky Hunt and incomparable to Conners.
Roberts – He was ok without looking anything special. However in fairness to him, he was up against two monsters in Delap and Huth with no out and out wide left midfielder to back him up.
Leacock – Same Old. Looked absolute quality at times, gave away a coupe of silly passes, went off with a knock!
Anderson – This guy is fucking nails! Had a great game under typical Stoke physical approach. Took one absolute screamer in the ribs from 5 yards and didn’t even flinch! He will get better and better and is definitely the man to partner Barks.
Paul Green – Not sure if it was the younger players around him or his time with Eire, but he seems to have grown in stature. Had loads of the ball and looked a class act. Hopefully he will be even better if we get him in the from three.
James Bailey – Make no mistake, this guys not here for the development squad. He probably enjoyed more of the ball than any other player on the pitch and looked real quality. A potential playmaker who could prove to be a snip.
Kris Commons – In truth, he was a bit out of sorts but his cross from the goal was fit to grace any game. Also pulled one golden dummy which left two Stoke defenders grounded with a drop of the shoulder. Genuine quality.
Connor Doyle – Drifted in and out of the game but showed the odd glimpse of the quality Nigel has obviously seen. He probably IS one for the development squad and certainly looks worth a 2 year punt.
Cywka - Whats not to like about this guy? Fast, Skillful, mega will to win and seems like he loves playing for DCFC. I tweeted recently he could be a real star for us this year and I don’t see any reason to change that view on this showing.
Ports – Classic Porter performance. Drifted in and out of the game and wasn’t involved in too much link play. However he got one good chance and absolutely buried it. If your striker is paid to score goals, then there’s a big shout for Ports to get the nod over Hulse.
Roll on August 7th.
Originally stolen from The Face magazine back in the day, the Barometer has always been one of the most popular parts of our previous sites. Thus I didn’t see any reason not to keep it rolling here.
Leeds Away First Game – Aside from Forest, could there be a bigger start to the season? Leeds first game back up, packed Elland Road, Live on Sky. They’ll be no doubt the seasons started after this humdinger.
4-2-3-1 – “Non League Nigel” proves once agin that he is a far more forward thinking and innovative than his original reputation suggested. Will be interesting to see how this goes in the Jurassic 4-4-2, 4-5-1 world of the Championship.
Robbie Savage - His ever-increasing media profile gets the club’s name out there and raises the profile in a really positive way. His Twitter feed is hilarious as well; get on it.
Kris Commons - He’s fit, he’s on fire and he’s still a Ram. Regardless of his contract situation, if he’s on the pitch and in the mood for 30+ games, we’re top 8.
The Grass may not be greener - At the time of writing, Rob Hulse is still here and we haven’t got anywhere near signing the much touted big money striker. However if Rob plays a full season at the top of our new pyramid, is there anyone who thinks he won’t score 20 goals minimum?
No big signings – As an opposite viewpoint, we were all expecting a proper big signing and it simply hasn’t materialised. Whether this is a bad thing remains to be seen. Yet you have to wonder why we won’t entertain Tonge’s wages, yet he’s strongly linked with Cardiff and Forest.
Defensive Injuries - 2 weeks to kick off and already we have five injured centre halves! The big picture may not be as bad as all that but we can’t have another year of niggling injuries killing our season.
New Kit – Nice as it all is, am I the only one who’s bored of the Adidas White home, Black Away treadmill? 1 more year to go.
Steve Davies – I watched a DVD of the Man Utd semi final and the two Forest away wins the other night and he was awesome. As I posted last week, his injury is such a shame and I don’t see him playing for Derby again, in fact I’m not sure he’ll play for anyone professionally for a while.
Billy Davies - Men, this is the face of the enemy. He may be quiet currently, you may have even forgotten about him. Rest assured he’s still there plotting and planning victory for the forces of evil. Stay alert at all times and let’s make sure when we do battle, we send him scurrying back to his lair (again) with maximum prejudice.
The Rams are back in action today and Amen to that!
In honour of todays opposition, grab a brew and enjoy five minutes of some awesome DCFC Pesch finishing.
Note – I think the first time I watched this it had a soundtrack but it seems YouTube have removed it. Whether this was due to copyright or the fact someone tried to associate the Red Hot Chilli Peppers with a legend like Pesch is unclear.
Enjoy and no more injuries today please.
Its been a bit quiet to say the least on the Rams front of late, but now the World Cup is over I think we’ll see a significant increase in domestic activity. Hopefully the Rams will get fully embroiled! Pending that, here’s five thoughts on recent Rams activity. Read the rest of this entry
As I’m about to go on holiday for a month, I thought I’d try to bang up one final post before I left. With nothing much happening I looked to the official site for inspiration. I thought I’d hit the jackpot “Rams Squad Details Announced” said the headline. Bingo! Plenty to write about here: Would Crofty have a squad number? Would Varney? How about the new pros?Let’s see who’s close to the first-team; is Mitch Hanson still alive? Read the rest of this entry
In the last entry, I joked about Barnsley’s transfer policy after Mark Robins said that Liam Dickinson fitted into what Barnsley were trying to do “off the field”.
Today’s transfer news: “Skysports.com understands Barnsley are in talks to sign former Derby defender Jay McEveley.”
Derby Telegraph February 10th 2010 – “Rams stick by arrested McEveley – the left-back was interviewed by police after an incident at a city-centre bar in the early hours of Sunday morning.”
Was I on to something here?
For those sceptical about the left back situation – here’s a thought: we’ve signed a left-back from a team who have finished above us two years running. Our previously left-back is being coveted by a team who have finished below us two years running.