Michael Jacobs’ cracking goal was the difference between The Brewers and The Rams at the Pirelli stadium.
It was just a typical pre-season game, not really much action apart from of course the stunning goal. Nigel Clough named a stronger team, possibly to avoid a repeat of Wednesday (particularly the second half team). 3,026 fans turned up , as always a well attended pre-season game each season by both sets of fans. The game didn’t really contain much action so instead of a full match report I thought I’d write a bit how particular players got on, the overall performance and a bit about the trialists on show trying to impress Nigel Clough.
Here was the team and substitutions made over the course of the game: Fielding (Deeney 60), Brayford (Naylor 70), Gjokaj (Buxton 77) Keogh (O’Brien 77), Hoganson (Bailey 77), Coutts (Doyle 70), Hendrick (B. Davies 70), Bryson (Hughes 45), Jacobs (Caton 60), Ward (Bennett 60), Tyson (Robinson 60). Absentees: Gareth Roberts (tight hamstring), Adam Legzdins (dead leg) and Steve Davies (not risked, close to a deal away from Pride Park).
Overall Performance: In the first half The Rams dominated possession, passing the ball around nicely. However at opportunities to shoot and in and around the penalty area Derby seemed to over pass the ball and try to almost walk the ball into the goal. It was good that Derby were passing the ball well but they didn’t take chances to have a crack at goal. It really showed that The Rams needed another striker, an out and out forward who we know can grab plenty of goals. Towards the end of the half Burton had a great chance to take the lead after Keogh’s blip in concentration allowed Adebola in, who forced a good save from Fielding and luckily Burton’s rebound hit the crossbar. The second half was similar but The Rams didn’t have as much of the ball. Michael Jacobs’ goal was incredible, he received the ball and ran at the Brewers defence then shooting into the corner of the goal leaving Ross Atkins no chance. Burton had some late attacks but Derby’s defence stood firm. Overall it was a good performance from The Rams, neat passing and good control of the game in midfield areas. It sent fans home much more happy than those were at Mansfield on Tuesday.
Trialists: Nigel Clough fielded three trialists in the game. Swiss defender and former Newcastle trialist Valentin Gjokaj played again I thought he was fantastic, very comfortable. He looks like he’s in with a shout of earning a contract. Former Bolton winger James Caton came on as a sub and was lively when he got the ball, he’s showed a lot of potential in the two friendly games so far. He ran at the Burton defence showing us he’s got plenty of pace, like Glokaj he’s definitely in with a shout for a contract. The next trialist was the left back Michael Hoganson, a former Newcastle United player. Hoganson did well too but seems a bit small! But if he’s good enough he’s tall enough.
New signings: Paul Coutts played very well and showed signs of hopefully what’s to come in a Rams shirt. Richard Keogh defended well apart from a blip in the first half which nearly led to a goal. Keogh looks to be an excellent signing, Shackell who? And finally Michael Jacobs, his goal was wonderful but other than that he was involved in many attacks and seems to be another good capture by Clough.
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