Derby 0-2 Hull
I started the day quite optimistic but come the end of the game I was very frustrated here is my report.
John Brayford made his injury return in the starting line up while Shaun Barker and Paul Green,recently recovering from injuries, began on the bench. Nick Barmby was in charge of Hull for the first time since taking the Caretaker job after Nigel Pearson’s departure to Leicester.
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Inside the first 10-15 minutes Derby were playing quite well. Theo Robinson went off injured after around 15 minutes, his replacement was Chris Maguire. After Robinson went off injured the performance changed dramatically. On 16 minutes Liam Rosenior ran forward from right back and passed to Matt Fryatt who scored for the Tigers from sloppy Derby defending. Hull were certainly the better team from then onwards, Derby wasn’t closing them down quick enough and it looked all to easy for Hull. On 23 minutes City doubled their lead ,from again poor Derby defending, Cameron Stewart cut inside from the wing past two defenders and smashed the ball into the back of the goal via a slight deflection from Jason Shackell. The Rams had a couple of chances late in the first half but went into the break 2-0 down to a good Hull side.
In the second half Derby couldn’t string together many passes and lacked creativity. Jamie Ward was possibly the Rams’ best player as he chased the ball tirelessly and tried to put the Hull back four under as much pressure as he could. At times Derby could hardly get it out of there own half. 17 minutes from full time Nigel Clough brought on Shaun Barker for Tomasz Cywaka. After 7 months out Derby County’s captain Shaun Barker was finally out on the pitch, but as a striker ! Barker had come on as a emergency striker but couldn’t deliver the 17 minute hat-trick we wanted to win the game. Paul Green also made his first team return from injury as a late sub for Jeff Hendrick. Overall the Rams were poor and it looked easy for Hull City. Derby County team V Hull: Fielding, Brayford, Shackell, O’Brien, Roberts, Cywka (Barker 73), Hendrick (Green 82), Bryson, B Davies, Ward, Robinson (Maguire 15). Subs Not Used: Legzdins, Buxton. Hull City team V Derby: Galasci, Rosenior, McKenna (Cairney 89), Chester, Hobbs, Stewart (Brady 63), Evans, McLean, Koren, Fryatt, Dudgeon. Subs Not Used: Basso, McShane, Adebola.
Nigel Clough’s team selection-
John Brayford passed a late fitness check in order to start the game. Jamie Ward has done really well on the wing so far this season and started up front today as Tomasz Cywaka played on the wing. Cywka has been in and out of the squad of 16 this season, some weeks he won’t even make the squad and others he will make a sub appearance or start the game. Up front we now have Theo Robinson (injured in the game today), Steve Davies and Nathan Tyson injured. Theo is our top goalscorer this season will Davies is the second top goalscorer. Surely now it is time for Derby to dip into the loan market with these key attackers injured ? Currently we have Ward, Maguire, Cywka, Doyle, Bennett and Ball available. Ward is better as a winger in my opinion. I think Callum Ball deserves a chance to start, he is a powerful striker who is a good finisher. We need a striker who can hold it up, is a good presence in the air that can head the ball and has experience at this level, the first name that comes to mind is Steve Howard. Maybe a midfielder on loan wouldn’t go a miss. We haven’t heard anything in a while about someone coming here on loan in a while now. On to the bench selection today there was two centre halves (Barker and Buxton), Legzdins, Green and Maguire. Two centre halves ? It wastes one extra sub for a midfielder or a striker as you don’t often sub your defence.
Current League Position- 9th. three points a drift from the play-offs. full table- http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/eng_div_1/default.stm
Derby are now slipping down the table after only winning 1 in 9 games. Last season Derby made a good start and even reached the heights of 4th but towards Christmas began to slip and found themselves in the bottom half of the table. I really hope that doesn’t happen again so let’s keep the faith, Come on you Rams !