Post Match Thoughts – Burnley at Home
So the 100% starts gone and there’s no doubt that we missed a great opportunity to go into the break with 5 straight wins. So should we sack Clough? Should we organise a protest against GSE? Should we burn £2m on Martin Waghorn?
Whilst the first half on Saturday was forgettable at best from a Derby point of view, for long periods of the second half we played far better football than we did against Birmingham and Donny.
Many Championship games are decided on small details and if we’d have got the call on the goal line decision (since proved to be well over the line if you haven’t seen it) and/or Frank hadn’t decided to make a rare mistake at such a key point, we could have easily won the game.
On the downside, there’s no doubt that Burnley caused us more problems than anyone we’ve faced this season and we definitely need to do something about the lack of protection given to Kilbane. I’ve heard a few people say that Zinedine is the weak link, but he’s not there to chase speedy wingers and thus, when faced with the same, could use more help than he’s getting from Ben Davies.
On a positive note, Clough’s subs were spot on and effective and John Brayford had by far his best game of the season (maybe those contract talks and rumoured Newcastle link were weighing him down more than we thought?). The interplay & triangles between him, Crofty and Bryso were at the heart of all our best moments in the second half and I thought we were capable of an equaliser right up to the full time whistle. However it wasn’t to be.
So with a first defeat and the transfer window shutting imminently, attention inevitably switches to what moves the Rams may make.
In terms of permanent deals, I don’t see us doing a lot. Clough’s said we now need to shift some players as priority and whilst it’s not very exciting, I think this is fair comment. Leacock, Bywater and Pearo are all high earners and would all command a fee of some sort. If we could get one or all of them out before Wednesday it would be glorious and we could then take a view on the loan market and subsequently the January window (subject to where we are the league).
I might be wrong, but I think the ship has sailed on Waghorn and, particularly based on Saturday, a loan to Christmas for Steve Howard might be more likely and maybe more effective. With Tyson’s Rams bow imminent, we’ll have pace to burn up front but no-one really capable of holding the ball up or particularly dangerous in the air. Steve’s obviously bringing both those traits in abundence and would bring masses of goodwill to drown out any moronic moans about why we’re not buying a striker for £5m.
Regardless of the Burnley result and what business we do, we’re 3rd in the league after 5 games and have some good fixtures in September to consolidate the position. In addition, Forest just conceded more goals in their last home game than we have all season! After the misery of the last few seasons that’s got to be good times.