Barometer – Easter 2013
I was hoping to post this in the international break but didn’t quite get to it amongst work and sorting out my forthcoming birthday celebrations.
However, better late than never, herewith our latest barometer of the latest happenings aboard the good ship Derby County.
Beating Leicester – Don’t underestimate the magnitude of this victory. With the form of the team, the way the results went and the imminent 2 week gap to look at the table, a defeat here really could have been catastrophic. Winning that game changed the whole mood of the club and what looked a “tricky” run in against fellow strugglers now looks a really fun month of winnable games against shit teams.
Loans with a view – Although a bizarre concept which Clough seems to have invented, his try before you buy loans have come up trumps again. Martin and Forsyth both look like good additions with massive potential, particularly Forsyth, to get better.
Niall Horan – I’m not of the view that all publicity is good, but when one of the most famous people in the world announces that DCFC need to buy more players and get in the Premier league, what’s not to like? Unless of course you’re Andy Appleby who wouldn’t have got so publicly owned if he’d have gone to Ticketmaster like everyone else!
DCFC Youth team – Their heroic Youth Cup run was a great advert and credit to the club. The matches at Pride Park have all been great (and bloody cold!) nights and the Chelsea game in particular was one of my favourite games this season full stop. Good work lads.
Jeff Hendrick – With injuries and loss of form to almost every midfielder at the club, Jeff has been superb in the good and bad performances this season and seems to be getting stronger every week. Player of the year anyone?
Friday night games – Rather than enhancing the atmosphere, these games have been a chore for most Rams fans. I don’t know anyone who likes them and thankfully it appears Sam Rush has got the same feedback.
Make your own luck – We’ve heard regularly from Clough that we don’t have as many points as we deserve and I have some sympathy for that. However better use of the squad, substitutes and dropping Legzdins after Sheff Wed (when he should have been) could easily have earned us another 10 points without trying.
New kits all round, again – With all the Kappa gear currently being given away in the club shop, it’s safe to assume we’re staring down the barrel of three new kits a season in line with the old Adidas contract. I suppose we’re used to it now, but it still seems OTT to me.
Billy Davies – Fawaz says Billy is going to be Forest’s “Fergie”. By that I assume he means a nasty horrible Scotsman who everyone hates. I still retain the faith that when things aren’t going so well, this is a car crash waiting to happen.
Sammon haters – The whole Sammon debate is fine but now its boiling over into pro and anti chanting, ironic cheers etc it’s a really bad situation. I thought Sammon was superb against Bristol, particularly after playing 90 minutes of International football on Wednesday, and it was such a shame he missed his chance. I hope him heading straight down the tunnel at full time wasn’t significant and he can bag a few on the run in – starting at Leeds. Come on Rams fans, I thought we were better than this.