Post Match Bullets – Rotherham
Last night I went to Rotherham. With Bournemouth’s slip at the weekend this was a great opportunity, in front of a massive away support, to get ourselves ahead of them for the first time in months.
Unfortunately it didn’t quite go to plan. Here’s my thoughts.
- I saw some debate on twitter as to whether this was a point gained or two dropped. Make no mistake this was two dropped against a very hardworking but ultimately poor Rotherham team who we should have wiped out.
- The decision not to play Shotton in this game was inexplicable to me. We know they have great set piece delivery from Pringle and we know they are strong physically. Whether it was for Bucko or Christie was irrelevant but Shots had to play.
- Talking of Christie, he had an awful night. Ben Pringle bossed and harried him all game and so many moves broke or slowed down on his side due to him not having the appetite to attack as Pringle kept closing him off.
- Steve was spot on when he said we let the first half just pass us by. Hendrick was anonymous, probably knackered from his efforts on Saturday and Ward was just generally wasteful. Up to his error, Omar was actually playing ok but was badly let down by the lack of movement around him. The introduction of Lingaard and Bryson literally turned the pace of our play up around ten notches.
- Will Hughes is the best player in this division by a mile. He was again outstanding and seems to be on a personal mission to drive us into the Premiership single handed. There was an awful moment when we were doing our subs when Steve called him over and it looked as though he was going off – as he jogged back on it was the first time I’ve heard 3000 people take a sharp intake of breath at the same time!
- Jordan Ibe was great for Derby but Tom Ince is something else. He has equalled Jordan’s goals tally in 3 games and both his goals were world class finishes.
- Although the numbers were great Derby’s support was strangely quiet for large parts of the game. Even before the 5 minutes of madness, the atmosphere in the away end was nothing like what I’ve seen before and recently at Cardiff.
- Often when you comeback and get a late equaliser it feels like a win. This one I’m afraid, really didn’t.
I think you can expect mass changes for Saturday on the back of this. Shotton, Bryson (who seems to be getting back to his best) and Lingaard could all start. I am not sure where Albentosa is at, but it would be great for him to be involved as well. Plus many more performances like this one from Granty and you might find Roos involved as well!
Let’s put this one to one side and nothing less than 6 points now from these next two home games.
Come on you Rams!