Late Pain, No Gain, Again……
As the Rams edge closer to Championship safety and yet another summer of rebuilding, I am sure Nigel is already well on the way to building a list of things which need to change next season.
Pretty high on that list (I’ll accept signing Fielding being higher & maybe a £1m striker but nothing else) needs to be an end to this never ending stream of crushing late goals.
I’ve just done a very rough cut calculation and I think if all our games had ended on 80 minutes we’d be 9 points better off (not to mention a shot at Torquay/Man Utd in the FA Cup). If you wind that back to 75, you can add at least another 4 points which would put us level with Burnley and Reading in 7th place!
Including Crawley, we’ve conceded 12 goals after 80 minutes, whilst scoring just 4 ourselves (none of which we’re meaningful from memory).
Obviously this is a simplistic statistic and you are always clearly going to concede some late goals. But with the close margins that dictate the outcome of every Championship game, we need to reverse that stat next season if we are going to get anywhere.
One final point – I didn’t go to Palace on Saturday but Radio Derby’s “Stonewall Penalty”, looked like a blatant dive to me on TV.