Tomorrow The Rams face Reading at Pride Park, here is my match preview.
First of all let’s take a look at what the players,coaches and managers thought of Saturday’s goalless draw with South London side Millwall.
Nathan Tyson – “Should of won today but still a good point tough place to go and well done for all the dcfc fans for coming down. bigsupport :)”
Andy Garner – “We’re pleased with a point and the lads had to work hard to achieve it.We were magnificent at the back from start to finish which left Frank Fielding in goal with very little to do”
Kenny Jackett – “It is not a bad result at all. There is some frustration because obviously you want to win but when you look at the table it looks like a point gained. We had a lot of pressure on a very resolute Derby defence and couldn’t convert that into the goals we needed”
Nigel Clough – “It was difficult to do that (play good football) on the surface today for both teams. It was bobbly and the ball was bouncing around there around everyone’s head and throats at times, but both teams tried to get it down and play in quite difficult conditions”
Team News– Theo Robinson is fit after recovering from injury and will probably be among the substitutes. John Brayford missed Saturday’s game due to a knock but it is nothing serious, he may to return to the squad on Tuesday depending on whether he can come through a fitness test on the morning of the game.
One to Watch-
Nathan Tyson is set to face his former club where he began his career. He is yet to score for the Rams but many have tipped him to bag his first goal in this game, he has only made six appearances this season due to injury. He is expected to start the game partnering Callum Ball up front.
I doubt the starting eleven will be much different from the Millwall game but here’s what I think.
Brayford, Barker, Shackell, Roberts
Green, Bryson, Carroll, Ward
One to Watch-
Jason Roberts ,singed from Blackburn in January, has played two games for the Royals and scored two goals. His pace and power will be a big threat to the Derby defence but Shaun Barker and Jason Shackell’s defensive displays this season have been great. He is fantastic signing for Reading, a proven goalscorer at any level. His career goal record tally’s to over 170 goals.
The Former Derby County player moved to the Madjeski Stadium in January on a free transfer. His only goal this season came against Reading for Derby in the 2-2 draw back in October. He fell out of Nigel Clough’s plans this season but is still held in high regard by Derby fans. So far he has made two sub appearances for the Royals since signing however he can’t feature in the game against his former club as there is a gentleman’s agreement in place that Cywka won’t play.
I watched the Foootball League show at the weekend including Reading’s highlights against Coventry, this goalkeeper’s saves were tremendous. Let’s hope he isn’t in top form as Derby have only scored four goals in 2012.
He has been in charge of the Royals since Steve Coppell’s departure in 2009, since then he has beaten Liverpool in a FA Cup replay and guided his team to the Play-Off final in 2011 only to beaten by Swansea.
It won’t be an easy game for The Rams. I predict a 1-1 draw.
Derby- (last five matches) drawn, lost, lost, drawn, won.
Reading – (last five matches) won, won, lost, won, lost.