What Went Down – Grimsby Away
Today I had a thoroughly enjoyable family day out at the Seaside wrapped around The Rams first public game of season 2015/2016 (and the first of the Paul Clement era) at Grimsby.
You can read a match report on the official site, DET and a few other blogs, but here’s my key observations on the days proceedings.
- There were two BBC (balls, bibs, cones) guys during our warm up helping Peacock and Pascal, I didn’t recognise at all. Have we taken on or promoted more coaches?
- Don’t worry if you didn’t attend the game, as the two goals we conceded you will have seen many times last season. The first was the one where the opposition striker gets first to a nothing ball into our box and the second ball gets swept home. The second was the one where our defender, under no pressure passes the ball to a grateful midfielder, immediately exposing us to an overload. The subsequent shot then flicks off a desperate lunge into the Rams net. Cue Keogh, Shots, Christie and Grant shouting and/or gesticulating at each other.
- As the Rams re-grouped to kick off after the second goal, the chant “one Jason Shackell” rang out loud and clear from the away end. Awkward.
- Christie and Shotton were awful, Hanson and Bent were anonymous, Hughes, Ince and Calero were busy but with little support. Thorne started well but looked like he hadn’t played for a while (which he hasn’t in fairness) and needs games. There is also though now definitely that thing with him where everytime he stretches or twists, even slightly, you expect him to get a serious injury.
- The second half was a different game (we had a tenner between us at 6/1 for DCFC to come back and win) with the Rams playing with a massively increased tempo and appetite. Russell was outstanding and a clear MOM for Derby regardless of his free kick – if we sell him to Cardiff it will be a travesty. Bryson was like a man re-born, playing like he’d spent the first 45 minutes drinking red bull laced with amphetamine. It was great to have him back. Weimann showed the odd burst but there’s a lot more to come from him I’m sure. Baird looked like a guy who knows what he is doing and was very much directing traffic from the CDM role.
- I can’t decide if Conor Sammon is a cult hero or a joke figure to the Derby fans and he probably can’t either. That said, he got loads of chants and he played really well, putting himself about and causing the Grimsby defence significantly more problems than Bent did.
- Probably the most noteworthy of all the newcomers was young right back Isak Ssewankambo. This guy is what the younger generation refer to as “rapid”. His forward thrusts and darting runs were a key feature of the second half and on the odd time he got caught defensively, his pace got him out of trouble with some room to spare. Watch out for this guy because on this showing he could be a genuine contender. Exciting.
- It’s too early probably to start talking systems and tactics, but you will know this was a loose 4-3-3. Key to me was there was definitely more of a mix of keep ball and let’s get the ball into the strikers asap, especially when Ince was playing.
- Three bits for our music loving readers. 1) As I walked across the sea front there was stage at the back of a pub where a young duo (electric guitarist and singer) were playing live really loudly. I wasn’t really taking much notice until they banged out a storming (and unbelievably loud) version of the Bluetones poptastic Slight Return to the hundreds of passing people. 2) As Tom Ince was doing shooting practice before the game, the Grimsby DJ inexplicably dropped Love will tear us apart. Why didn’t anyone join in? 3) I saw a Derby fan with a Stone Roses Lemon tattooed on his leg which, against the odds, actually looked pretty cool.
So there you go – we’re up and running again. For Ramspace and DCFC, it’s good to be back.
Come on you Rams!