Rams Barometer – International Break October 2012
We’ve now reached the second international break of the season and the first 10 games of season 2012/13 are done and dusted.
As everyone’s opinions on this season’s vintage of DCFC become more formulated, it seems like a good time to do our second Barometer of the season. Feel free to continue the current trend of adding your own comments to the piece.
Will Hughes – I was loathe to include Will again after he was top of our new season Barometer. However you just can’t ignore the talent of this kid (that’s what he is) and the unbelievable influence he has on our team for one so young. Hands down player of the season so far. It will be interesting to see if any of the Premier League big four “go early” for him in January. Utter quality & a joy to watch.
Forest 0 Rams 1 – Aside form the obvious joy of beating Forest away, this was a massive result which almost on its own turned our start to the season into a good one. There were more than a few rumblings as Nigel rolled out the all too familiar interviews after several games where the Rams “didn’t get what they deserved”. However this result showed the team could scrap as well as play and the fact we took it on to Boro bodes really well.
John Brayford – Maybe he was carrying injuries but I personally don’t think Bray has been the force he was for a good 6 months. However his partnership with Coutts seems to have given him a new lease of life and it’s great to see him back to his rampaging best.
Goals Galore – Before the Burnley game we were averaging over 3 goals per game at home, which is unprecedented for even the most successful Rams teams in recent history. Whatsmore the goals are coming from all parts of the team. As Sammon settles in and we get out of the current run of tough games, there’s no reason why this won’t continue.
Sam Rush – Grab a coffee and do 10 minutes of amateur googling on this guy. It won’t take you long to realise that this is a massive coup for GSE to land such a big hitter. The proofs in the pudding but, on paper, this looks a monumental appointment by Derby with Premier League written all over it.
Nathan Tyson – The hex was broken and it seemed like it was at last time for Nathans Rams career to kick start. However with the signing of Sammon and a couple of fleeting lacklustre performances since, it looks like it just isn’t going to happen for Tyson at Derby, which is a shame.
Forest boys choir– You can argue all day about the Blackstock sending off. However what you can’t argue about is the snide, whinging and pathetic conduct of messrs Reid, Cohen & Blackstock repeatedly trying to bully a young ref into a kneejerk decision. Which, to be fair, in the end they succeeded in!
Frank Fielding – A common thread after most games this season has been “I don’t think Frank made a save”. Unfortunately in most of these games we’ve conceded at least two goals. Whilst not making (m)any outright howlers, I’d implicate him in several goals and he definitely needs to review his policy of not coming for crosses. I wonder how serious Clough is when he says Legzdins is pushing for a start?
Cardiff & Leicester – Outside of QPR, these two clubs sum up more than anybody everything that’s wrong about modern football and in particular the “foreign investors” model. Thus it’s especially disappointing to see them both at the top of the league.
Attendances & Tickets – We know attendances are down at Pride Park and the general comment has been that this is in line with other clubs and the current economic climate. Nothing then I’m sure to do with our confusing ticketing policy and the fact that, actually, it’s not that cheap for even the most low grade games (see Charlton midweek). I hope Sam Rush has got Digonex booked for a 10am on 2nd January.