Notts County – Post Match Bullets

Yesterday I went to see The Rams at Notts County in the first pre season friendly of 2018/2019 season and, of course, the first of the Frank Lampard era.

The sun was shining, 4000 Rams fans were in good voice and you will know the team won 4-1. Whilst its clearly stupidly early days, here’s a few thoughts on yesterday’s proceedings.

– Contrary to popular opinion Frank lined his first Derby team up in a conventional 4-3-3 as opposed to the 5 at the back (or maybe 4231) we were all expecting. It was however very noticeable that, despite playing a flat back four, the full backs were getting forward at every opportunity. It was also nice to see us controlling the game and not hitting the channels when the going got tough.


“So this West Ham scout has just told me he’d agreed £750k with Rowett for Luke.”

– Luke Thomas finishes for his two goals were class. An early goal is always a boost, but he looked super sharp and can be well pleased with his days work. Likewise, Bogle had a great 45 minutes at right back (superb pass for Thomas’s opener). He’s great with the ball and very athletic and it will be interesting to see how he does defensively up against a decent winger.

– Craig Bryson looked like a man re-born. Absolutely full of running, he was literally everywhere. On this evidence, he could fit very nicely into Franks plans and all those (including me) who said sell him for £1.75m may have to re-think. Great to see!

– Whisper is quietly, Max Lowe seems to have got his wheels back. His sprightly second half performance, behind an equally lively Masey B, looked like the old Max before his injury woes. Let’s hope he can stay fit and push on. George Thorne was injured and didn’t play. Shock.

– As a general comment, our squad is now bloody massive. There are effectively 8 new players with the 4 youngsters and 4 returning loanees. Yesterday there were 22 lads on duty plus Vyds, CM9, Carson and Thorne injured (there’s Anya too but nobody seemed to mention or care he wasn’t involved). With new players “imminent”, something has to give there somewhere.


My friend Akechi hasn’t been seen since he left training on Friday. He’s very small, quiet and shy. If you see him, please let us know. We are all very worried.

– Talking of returning loanees, Jacob Butterfield played ok and hit a few decent passes plus one cracking shot. Blackman was utterly woeful as always.

– Finally, Nottingham city centre really is great. Busy, vibrant and loads of great pubs of all types. A far cry from Derby city centre which is generally a horrible place to be nowadays.

As I said, early days for sure, but plenty of positive signs and a good time had by all.

Come on you Rams!


Posted on July 15, 2018, in Post Match Thoughts and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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