Top 8 or not Top 8 – Poll
I had a few comments, on and off-line, after the last entry which ended with a prediction that the Rams could look forward to a top eight finish this season. I can’t say that pre-season results since have done anything to make this seem more likely, including today’s defeat by Exeter. I was going to do a “cup-half-full or half-empty” style article outlining the reasons to be positive or otherwise, followed by a poll on where we’ll finish. However, who wants to read any negativity at this stage of the season? Certainly not us. So here is how we’ll finish top eight…followed by the poll.
The way things are looking, the Rams will have a mediocre start. It will take a while before we’re nearing a fit squad (meaning match-fit and not just being on the pitch), whilst Clough will continue to add to the squad during August and the team will take time to gel. During September, Barker and Shackell are making us more solid and Clough has got a decent idea of his best team, with squad depth enabling to pick a horses-for-courses team when required.
As Christmas approaches, the Rams are well into a Silly-style “1 defeat in 12” run and are nestled nicely in the top ten. A familiar pattern begins to emerge where Chris Riggott joins the fray on 70 minutes, making it nigh on impossible for opponents to equalise or score the winner against the newly solid Rams, whilst Tyson (and at times Robinson) exploit the acres of space awarded to them.
As the fixtures begin to pile up, Green and Addison return to boost the Rams squad. The Rams are now well in the mix and the fight for play-off places begins. Whereabouts in the top 8 do The Rams finish? My Crystal Ball ran out of batteries at this point. Convinced? Vote below and comment…