Post Match Bullets – Bristol City Fiasco
Home games against winnable opposition in the Championship have a regular habit of not going to plan. However, I don’t think anyone saw the outright madness of yesterday’s clash with Bristol City coming. Here’s my view on the key happenings.
The original team selection seemed ok to me. You can always argue about dropping players for the cup and losing momentum, versus keeping them fresh. I think in this case anyone who saw the Leicester game on Wednesday would agree had Ince and Bent played, we would have won. However, a full strength fresh team for a key game, on paper, looked good.
The start was horrendous as Bristol cut us to shreds and we again concede from a corner. Steve doing a double sub after 30 mins was admirable. Changing our shape was madness. We know only too well this team can’t play 4-4-2 or any variant and putting Ince in a central role effectively took him out the game as he was surrounded by red shirts. It was no surprise that he became active again when he went out wide.
Bryson was so far off the pace it was unbelievable but how Camara stayed on the pitch for the full game I do not know. He was simply awful from start to finish, wasn’t switched on at all and looked out of his depth. This guy has a great song for sure, but at this level he is an impact sub at best. As an aside the black guy serving in the East Stand Cask Shack yesterday was called Abdoul, causing hilarious pre-match chants (amongst us) of Abdoul the barman! Anya and Ince need to be our first choice wide men now.
In such games when you come back you normally play awful one half and well in the second. My view was that we didn’t even play that welI in the second half. The only positive being the fans and the players didn’t give up and a couple of great goals.
The Bradley Johnson shirt thing is a nothing incident. He would have been rightly raging and throwing it on the floor is neither here nor there. Get over it.
Despite our recent barometer and view that Pearce was key to our good run. I am now wondering if Shackell deserves a recall. We’ve got to stop these set piece goals and in fairness Shacks is really good at that.
Make no mistake Bristol could and should have put us to the sword yesterday. It is no exaggeration that they could easily have had 5 or 6 and their miss just after our first goal was easily the worst I have ever seen in live football. How Derby could do with an all action Premier League youngster like Tammy Abraham- great player. I do remember their manager being particularly smug when they got their 96th minute equaliser against us, so a bit of misery for him was a minor consolatation.
Such comebacks in football normally “feel like a win” but I don’t think anyone was buzzing from this game and anyone who was there knew Derby deserved nothing from this game. I expect more changes on Tuesday and hope that includes a start for Lowe, Anya & De Saart.
Whoever plays, let’s hope we don’t give Cardiff a three goal start as I don’t think Warnock will be so happy to let us have a point.
Come on you Rams,