Derby Youth Cup Win Post Match Thoughts
It’s job swap month at Ramspace, so following SSpaceram’s recent barometer herewith my thoughts on tonight’s 3-2 win over Ipswich in the FA Youth Cup at a bitterly cold Pride Park.
If you want a match report, you can get that from the DET or the official site, but here are some general thoughts.
It was a genuine surprise to see Will Hughes named as a sub and for all the usual academy bluster of “it’s not about results”, this shows how seriously people take this particular competition. Whether it was Clough, Wassall or even Hughes himself suggestion to involve him, it worked. His introduction with around 15 minutes to go just gave Derby that extra 10% we needed to win the game and his composure and maturity on the ball was there for all to see.
Derby were generally the better side and probably about deserved their win. However at times it was tough to see an obvious pattern of play and certainly up to our equaliser the team looked low on confidence and struggled to string together any serious periods of possession. Maybe a symptom of the poor results they have had this season or maybe the cause of it.
Throughout the game Derby’s front two of Kwame Thomas and Mason Bennett caused all sorts of problems for Ipswich. Thomas worked hard and won a series of quality knockdowns for other players. Bennett had a great game and was probably our man of the match. I said to sspaceram that those two would score goals at league 2 or even 1 level now and it would be good to see more of them around the first team towards the end of the season. Thomas is a unit and don’t rule out a shock start for him if Sammon gets injured.
Other players to keep an eye out for were our two left sided player Rhys Sharpe and Max Lowe. Both were athletic lively and naturally left sided. I’d not seen either play before but would say that both of these have got a great chance of progressing based on what I saw tonight.
Finally can I just offer congratulations and a personal thanks to Jamie Hanson. His brilliant free kick in the dying minutes was fit to win any game and I’m sure he won’t forget that one in a hurry. It also saved me from sitting through extra time and potentially losing a couple of toes on what was an unbelievably cold evening
Well done to the young Rams. Bring on Man City!