Post Match Bullets – Hull City Play Off
If my relationship with my football club was with a person, Derby County would be branded “a monster” and be banged up for 10 years minimum for the mental torment they have put me (and thousands of other Rams fans) through in the last 3 years.
This season’s catalogue of bad decisions and general suicidal tendencies came home to roost big time in yesterday’s humiliating defeat to Hull.
There’s plenty of time for the “where did it all go wrong”, “what should we do next” “10 reasons to be positive” (LOL) stuff over the coming weeks. But for starters here’s my take on yesterday.
- Hull are completely set up to sit and counter, so the first goal is absolutely key against them. When they have to chase the game they simply don’t have the guile or legs to do it and you can kill them as they lumber around trying. If you give them that goal and another, as we did yesterday, then you have a giant brick wall to run into which is going to be very tough to break – especially with one striker!
- It wasn’t lost on me that all 3 Hull goals came from unforced schoolboy errors from our big three summer signings. Johnson gives the ball away under no pressure for goal 1, Shackell turns his back for goal 2 and Ince can’t even beat the first man on his corner for goal 3. All things you would tell kids off for on a Sunday morning (and then go and tweet some shite about ‘development’ & ‘grassroots’ but that’s a different argument). £15m worth of players right there.
- To my mind the inexplicable, naïve and insane decision to appoint Wassall reached its inevitable catastrophic conclusion yesterday. I am sure his training plans are awesome and he didn’t make the errors for the two goals but, exactly as per Rotherham, when shit started going against us he was lost and did nothing. From a technical level, why not take off a defender, put Butterfield centre back, get Bent up top and move Hughesey forward. Hull weren’t going to put us under any pressure and we could play out quickly and with more quality. From a non-technical angle, why not just “have a go”. Not changing shape and/or brining Bent on until 85 minutes was pathetic, sending our attacks crashing into their back 9 time and again. A bit like soldiers in World War 1 running into machine guns and the generals saying “let’s go again”. Hopefully yesterday finally did for him, but don’t rule out a positive “spin” on a battling 1-0 or 2-1 win on Tuesday bringing him back in the running.
- The players also have to take responsibility for such an abject showing and many of them simply disappeared after Hull’s goal, including heroes from recent weeks Bryson and Russell. I could moan here about the exclusion of Weimann (whose injection of pace made a difference in a big game only 2 weeks ago) but he probably wouldn’t have come on anyway and in fairness to Wassall we do simply have too many players.
- Did you notice Wassall tell Carson he couldn’t go up for the last corner? Probably just in case we got caught on the break and the tie got killed.
- I tweeted yesterday but am going to put it here again. As much as I love him, the Chris Martin era has to end this summer. It cannot be right that a team’s pattern of play is so reliant on one player. When he plays well, we play well, when he gets dominated we lose. That cannot continue. I would sign Bamford (stock much lower now and probably available for a sensible fee) in a heartbeat and start from there.
- Finally I hope that wasn’t the last time I see Will Hughes in a Derby shirt at the Ipro, but I fear it might be. This Derby side needs ripping up and re-inventing and it probably is now the right time for him to try and push on. He’s in a different galaxy to someone like Hundredstone and I look forward to seeing him prove it in the Premier league next season, it’s just such a shame it’s not with Derby.
At least it looks like this horror show of a season ends on Tuesday, so let’s see what happens from there. Chin up everybody.
Come on you Rams!