Ryan Noble – Roker Report
We were asked by Sunderland AFC website “The Roker Report” (www.rokerreport.com) to let them know how Ryan Noble was getting on. Here’s what we said:
When Ryan Noble joined the Rams for his second loan spell,Derbyhad several strikers injured. We had won five games on the bounce and we hoped the in-form Noble (judging by his record for your reserves) would help us keep the momentum.
Noble’s first available game wasBurnleyaway where he started on the bench but was introduced at half time after an early injury to Theo Robinson, as a like-for-like replacement.
The following Saturday, the Rams were playing Stoke at home in the FA Cup and Noble was guaranteed a start but Martin O’Neil decided he didn’t want him Cup tied. An odd decision in my view as I wouldn’t have thought Noble would be pivotal toSunderland’s FA Cup campaign, yet 90 minutes against Premier League opposition would have been great for his development. Surely the whole point of loaning him out?
Noble startedDerby’s next match – away toBarnsley– and was part of one of the worst 45 minutes I’ve ever witnessed as a Rams fan, with us 3-0 down after half an hour. Noble wasn’t especially bad but didn’t contribute a lot, playing firstly centre forward and then wide right. He was replaced after an hour by the returning Nathan Tyson, who looked lively as the Rams pulled two goals back.
Our next match was postponed and Tyson started the following Saturday with Noble on the bench. With Theo Robinson and Steve Davies now fit, our striker crisis is over and Noble’s loan due to expire.
So once again, we’ve had Ryan Noble for a month but due to circumstances, not seen a lot of him. I’m sure it’s been a disappointment for him as well. Maybe we’ll try again next year. Third time lucky anyone?
(Written on the morning of his last match with us and trying to tempt fate that he’ll score the winner!)