4 defeats in 4 matches now and down to 15th in the table. This seems just like last season a good start, lot’s of injuries and sliding down the table towards winter. Yesterday’s loss to West Ham did leave the Rams 3 points from the play-offs, 5 points from the relegation zone and 4 points ahead of Steve Cotterill’s Forest.
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The Rams started the game well and new loan signing Tamas Priskin scored on 34 minutes. But West Ham hit back through Carlton Cole a minute before the break. In the second half Derby had little chances, on 65 minutes Hammers Skipper Kevin Nolan scored. After around 75 minutes West Ham were awarded a penalty, Craig Bryson brought down Piquionne. Replays did show that Bryson fouled Piquionne outside the penalty area. Mark Noble scored the penalty to round off another victory for 2nd placed West Ham. West Ham’s Premiership quality was clearly visible and proved too much for the Rams.
West Ham United team: Green, McCartney, Nolan, Tomkins, Baldock (Piquionne 20), Cole (Carew 76), Collison, Faye, Noble, O’Brien, Faubert (Taylor 82).Subs Not Used: Stech, Demel.Booked: McCartney.Goals: Cole (44), Nolan (64), Noble (74 – pen)
Derby County: Fielding, Brayford (O’Brien 77), Barker (Hendrick 77), Shackell, Roberts, B Davies, Green, Bailey, Bryson, Ward (Doyle 79), Priskin.Subs Not Used: Legzdins, Buxton.Booked: B DaviesGoals: Priskin (34)
Referee: Mr C Webster
Paul Green, Shaun Barker and James Bailey made their first starts in what looked like a really strong Rams team. The formation was 4-5-1 with Priskin playing the loan role up front. John Brayford was subbed with about 15 minutes left, Nigel Clough has admitted the thigh injury is a cause for concern. Some Fans criticised Clough for having Conor Doyle on the bench, some suggesting Callum Ball should be given a chance.
NEXT UP- Tuesday 29th November. V BRIGHTON AND HOLVE ALBION at Pride Park.