Caraboa Cup Rd 1 The Rams 0 Barrow 0 (full time) The Rams won on penalties 3 – 2
If this performance by the Rams is a precedence of what the season ticket supporters have prepaid to watch then Derby County have committed the biggest fraud devised. It was slower than watching walking football. For the first fifteen minutes especially not one player in black and white ran more than two paces. All they did was pass it to one another, pass it to one to another just as if it was a training session of keep ball. They were so lethargic and comatose it was difficult for any watcher to stay awake. Even the Derby players were feeling the strain of staying alert for were it not for Mr Roos in his goalkeeping capacity The Bluebirds would be two goals up by half time. Derby did not trouble the Barrow goalkeeper in any real sense at all for the whole of the ninety minutes. In fact the game was shambolic and fortunately no crowd there to jeer these players or gee them out of their apathy. It may be the first game of the season, yet there is no excuse for any one of them to say “Barrow made it difficult for them” . After all they are the newest team into league two, fresh from the National League, and they showed a championship group of big earners just how pathetic they are. If Cocu allows this lot to continue in this vane then he might as well book his travel ticket back to “Dutchland ” now. Derby had every opportunity to get out there and shoo the Bluebirds away and they would not do it. All the excuses in the world are not acceptable because if the attitude and commitment is not within the individual then it is absent from the full team. The full backs or mid fielders will not, or refuse to, pass the ball forward or over the top of a line of full backs for the forwards such as Marriot or Sibley to run on to from which the pair can do their jobs. What is achieved by removing a centre forward who is deprived of the ball owing to a lack of nous from his fellow defenders and to substitute him for a defender to play centre forward to be shown the same support. It is not acceptable that Cocu thinks in these terms and wants his team to play continental pass it, pass it, football in the English league. He should know that by now. It was implied that Derby will finish eighteenth in the championship this season. On this show they will be fortunate not to win demotion. The contrast from the previous game to this one just asks the question, which is the real Derby County?
Praise or Grumble
Did you listen to Cocu when interviewed after this game? he remarked with a wry smile on his face the game was “a good game” and Kella Roos did well to save the penalties. If this is his definition of a good game, then lets find out what a bad game is like. Surely no one can accept that statement. Also during the game when he was supposed to be motivating the lads and encouraging them or maybe trying to change tactics a little he just stood with both hands in his pockets leaving the job to someone else, as if he could not care less. Nothing more can be written without a repetition of what has already been put to print. It seems that just at this juncture, at the advent of the league season, this club is is on a downer. No goals have been scored in the last few matches so for now the out look is definitely bleak, in many many ways for Derby County.
The Rams 0 Reading 2
What a load of boring football issued by Derby County. They seem to have been programmed by hypnosis before they take the feild and just cannot do anything else than play to a ruling. There is no flair, no individual ability, Not one player is willing to dribble around any opposition. All they do is collect a pass and stand still as if they do not know what to do. They play as if it is “hey I do not want it you have it” and they send it any where just as long as they do not have it. The forwards stand about ten yards off the opposition defenders and watch them send it across the field from one to another. They will not get closer and harass them into errors. Is there any wonder why it is now four games without scoring. The midfielders are totally out played because they do not get themselves in a situation to command the game. All the team play with fear and timidity.The two forwards are coming too far back into the midfielders place who then fall back into the defenders places so when Derby do win the ball all the team are in one place so it is just short passing until the ball is lost yet again. If a long ball pass is sent it goes directlty to the opposition defenders. There is absolutely no cohesion or a system which is noticeable. It is as if they just come together on match days and are sent out with one big instruction DO NOT LOSE So they are so uptight they cannot relax and play as they want, or can do.
Praise or Grumble
It is pathetic that when we think back to what we enjoyed during the Lampard season and now we have to endure the Cuco season it just shows up the astounding difference between English style and continental style. If Cocu persists in playing his Dutch football of square passing and playing “out from the back” then the crowds will not be going to Pride Park ccorona virus, or no corona virus. They will show by their absence that they do not want to watch boring inept tasteless football. He may have a few credits on a CV yet ask why he was unemployed a couple of years ago. The answer is “watch Derby County and you will see the reason” Why is that a team such as Reading can play as if they have the intention to win, the intention to play with football ability and display it. The answer is because they are motivated and encouraged to do so. If they can be like that why is it Derby are in comparison comotose. The buck stops at the top and who is at the top?
The Rams 1 Preston North End 2 Caraboa Cup Rd 2
Question ! What is the difference between your nose and your hand? Ask the referee in this game. He thinks it is a penalty if the ball hits your nose. This referee was bias against Derby from the first minute to the last. He takes delight in sending a Derby player off, this is the second time he has done it and all he did was to blow the whistle every thirty seconds for a transgression against Derby. How can any team begin to get involved in a game when at the first time a player challenges for the ball the whistle blows against him. This demoralises the player and eventually the team. Yet in respect to the Rams they did start a bit faster than in past games then began to slow down after about fifteen minutes, and the usual frailties began to come to the fore. The Rams were once again tentative and allowing the Lily Whites to dominate. However they held out to half time. At the outset of the second half they were or they seemed to be much improved, and from this new impetus the Rams went a goal up after a goalmouth scramble Knight slamed the ball into the onion bag for his and Derbys first goal of this season. In fairness the team seemed to perk up from there on and Knight and Whittaker seemed to be the initiators of this fillip. Then of course the incident this dreadful referee was waiting for occurred when te Wierik tangled with a Preston player just outside the box and without hesitation (and no doubt full of glee) the referee stuck a red card up into the night sky. Yet once again this seemed to inspire the Rams to become more cohesive. Alas football can be cruel. The Rams were holding off Preston and from what can only be described as a brillant shot the Lily Whites got on a par with the score. It was a bit ding dong from then on until the ball hit Buchcanon on the nose whilst he was in the penalty area from which the pathetic man dressed in yellow decreed it was a penalty. Hence Derby are out of the EFL cup competition.
Praise or Grumble
The grumble has already been mentioned so just for a change the write up will be praise. The Rams overall performance was an improvement from the last two games. The underlying apathy is still apparent and the timidity is still there yet there was signs ofdetermination and aggression which was soon pacified by a petty referee. Whittaker and Knight can hold their heads up Sibley is struggling, Shinnie is shimmering, Clarke is too negative, Buchanon has it and we are still waiting to see it Wisdom likewise. Rooney is wanting to play all positions and in fairness held the team together by his experience and nous. It is still the individual flair that every player will not use. They have the ball at their feet with space in front of them to use, so they pass it side ways or backwards, allowing the opposition to come onto them. This silly play has to be illiminated. However when this is no longer prevailent maybe the praise will get better. Talk is always about the missing players. Why? If a player is wanted by Derby to play football for the club that player has to be good enough to do so. He cannot be indifferent to any other. Each player has to be equal so that when they are called upon to wear the shirt they have to show their mettel. Why are they there if they are inferior to any “missing” player. If they are chosen to play then they have to play their hearts out to retain their place, if they do not, then get them out and find somone who will.
Luton Town 2 The Rams 1
There were two trains of thought before this game was to be played. One was the trend that away teams seem to get the result from the dearth of home supporters so would this favour Derby? Secondly new players in the team. Could this inspire the participants to show that the new lads will not usurp the regulars? The outcome was that neither applied. Derby lost the game, the new lads did show very good potential yet the old familiar problems were still on show. All the talk seems to relate to those players missing from the first team once more and that five academy players ended the game. The latter did not disgrace themselves yet it is obvious the lack of experience and the aggression of the championship is at the time so very obvious. Again if they lack experience how do they get it. The only way is to be patient and give them the chance to realise they can either endure it or not. The trend seems to be that they are improving by each game and the outlook is favourable. Jack Marriot at last got the goal he has craved for since January so maybe his anxiety is now diminished. The new Polish lad whose name will have to be changed to suit this screed gave a good impression yet ended up crocked (welcome to english football ; championship style) and Byrne at full back also gave a good account. So even with no points the performance was much improved from the last three debacles.
Praise or Grumble
It seems that this game when compared to the last few games then praise wins 49 to 51 %. The grumble is that there still seems to be an err of hesitation within the players as if they are to timid to play outside themselves and have half a mind on the instructions they must abide too. Are they so fixated on doing as they are told to do that if they do err they will be admonished? The praise is given for the fact that even under restraint they did at least start the game with verve and enthusiasm and took the initiative for a while untl they allowed the Hatters to become more dominanant. The goal scored by Luton showed the non understanding of the relationship between defenders and goalkeeper where one thought the other was to take the ball instead both left it and Marshal found it behind him. The praise continues to say that the Rams did get back into the game and although chances were very minimal they did get the goal they wanted via Marriot and then persevered to get another. Alas the grumble comes back when they did not cover the sixyard area on their left to allow a good header to fly into their union bag. Maybe the officials were partly at fault once again over the substitution yet the non marking takes the credit for the Hatters second goal. Overall a much better performance and there is hope that from this the improvement increases. At the time of writing injuries to our new polish lad and Marriot seem to cloud the expectancy yet five days with the miracle workers may show a reward.