Post Match Thoughts – Hull City
Yesterday’s game against Hull was the sort of day which has become, unfortunately, only too familiar to Rams fans over the last few years.
A big crowd turn out expecting to see the Rams roll over some average opposition, only for the team not to turn up and make said opposition look like Barcelona, prior to wildly celebrating the most comfortable away day they’ll have all season.
It’s not incisive, cutting edge commentary to say that our early season form was built on tight defending and taking our chances when they arose.
The two goals we conceded yesterday were awful. Forget offside, their right back ran 50 yards unchallenged for the first goal and the second was a good 10 yards onside, mainly because Shacks was 10 yards behind everyone else, appealing for offside.
At the other end, the majority of our attacking threat (with respect to Wardy who is having a superb season) left the pitch with Theo. Cwyka was weak and awful all afternoon and now looks like his time at DCFC maybe up. Maguire was again ineffectual and is starting to look a bit like a Dave Martin signing (in that he doesn’t seem to have a position) and Ben Davies didn’t deliver a single decent cross from open play all afternoon.
I love Bryso and Hendrik and think they’ve both had great seasons, but witness the way both Cardiff and Hull completely closed out the game against us, without giving us a sniff. Mckenna’s a wanker, but do you think we’d have lost to Peterborough if he was in our midfield? The young Rams just don’t seem capable of performing or breaking down that type of game management at the moment.
It remains to be seen how long Theo will be out for, but if its anything more than one week, we have to make a move for a striker. We’re not that far off the pace and the return of Brayford and Barks will hopefully stem the tide at the other end. However we need to get back on the front foot and there’s nothing like signing a new striker to lift the spirits. Failing that, it’s surely time to give Callum Ball a long overdue start.
Predictably, the radio and twitter post match was full of all the people who were shouting for Clough to get his new contract , now suggesting he’d lost the plot and had to go. So that 2 years and 11 months compo then chaps? Jesus.
Talking of Nigel, his post match comments that there wasnt a lot between the sides yesterday were way off the mark, but I did agree that the Rams never stopped working and trying even though it clearly wasn’t our day.
This is a different side to last year and I am confident that the season isn’t about to fall off a cliff. Having said that we need to get the show back on the road sooner rather than later if we want to stay in the shake up. A point or more at West Ham and the end of our TV hex would be a good start.