Post Match Bullets – West Brom
I went to West Brom yesterday with little or no expectation, knowing that I was going to have a few beers, a top laugh with family and friends and hopeful that my team could put up a fight, maybe score a goal and anything else was a bonus. A bit like going to watch Derbyshire Cricket if you get involved in that.
What happened was a new entry into the top 5 away days that I have been to ever. Here’s my thoughts on an absolutely tremendous day for DCFC and all involved.
Derby’s team selection was pretty much as had been suggested pre-match with the only minor surprise being a run out for Shacks instead of Alex Pearce. West Brom however I think surprised everyone by pretty much playing their full-strength team with the possible exception of Chadli (who came on with about 20 to go). So, make no mistake this was a monumental effort.
Debutant Julien De Sart looks a class act. Great positional sense, tidy passing and a great habit of getting his foot and head in when the opposition are looking menacing. The duel “ratting” from him and Bryson was superb and one ball he arrowed out to Camara, simultaneously taking out their full back was exceptional. Early signs are that he could be another of Steve’s quality loans.
A lot of Rams fans were getting frustrated with the playing out as WBA had clearly done their homework. Carson nearly gave one away to Rondon early and then Keogh did give one away to Philips. To my mind this is the way we play and that’s it. Yes, we should have been sharper but what’s the point lumping the ball to Bent surrounded by Ollsson, McAauly, Dawson and Yacob? That said, you really need to see Keoghs clearance from Rondon to believe it – with the ball arrowing in to the corner the skipper literally appears from nowhere to slide tackle it away – unbelievable.
Our goals you have no doubt seen by now. Two brilliant strikes right in front of the Rams fans, causing outright delirium on both occasions. These sorts of moments are what you go to football for. Good times!
It was great to see Camara get a full game and he surely now needs to get a chance in the team. When the ball goes to him you get a genuine buzz of excitement we’ve not had since Jordan Ibe left us. Him and Ince put a massive shift in and caused havoc all afternoon. It would be a travesty if we sold him back to France and paid £4-£5m for a new winger without giving him a go.
On a similar note, the team looked so much better without Butterfield and JR. Both players have their merits but the mobility of De Sart and Bryson and the raw pace of Camara was a massive upgrade.
There were lots of good shouts for MOM but I think Shackell probably shaded it. The amount of quality crosses into our box from open play and dead balls was ridiculous and Shacks seemed to be on the end of most of them. To play like that, under such pressure having been out the side for so long was incredible. Fair play to him and it’s now a tough call for Steve on Friday at Leeds.
What a win, what a day, get in you Super Rams!
Posted on January 8, 2017, in Post Match Thoughts and tagged Abdul Camara, derby county, Jason Shackell, Julien De Sart, ramspace, Richard Keogh, the rams, West Brom. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.