November has seen the Rams faithful descend on London twice. I’ve asked fans their thoughts on the away grounds visited this month, take a look!
Millwall 2-1 Derby County, The Den 10.11.12
The Rams couldn’t maintain their winning start to the month after two home wins. Liam Feeney opened the scoring for the Lions, despite an offside flag being raised, referee Graham Salisbury awarded the goal. Will Hughes put Derby back in the game with a wonderful strike less than ten minutes after the break, however that was cancelled out with a late Andy Keogh goal after some bad defending.
Darren Walker made the journey to Millwall, here’s his views-
Overall Day: 8/10
Well I had a great time, only tempered slightly by the result. Went for a few beers around London Bridge and Borough Market beforehand, 6 minute train ride to the ground from there, then visited ‘Katzenjammers’ a Bavarian style bierkeller afterwards. Oh, and The Den inbetween!
Derby Support: 6/10
Only 661 in attendance on a Saturday isn’t great, our falling away attendances is a bit of a worry for me. Still a fair amount of noise made but not enough of us to make a real impact.
Ground Atmosphere: 7/10
The ground had a bit of an empty feel, the huge segregation (a whole lower tier) not helping, the home fans felt a very long way away indeed. Very little interaction between the fans was the result. Having said that, the minute’s silence for remembrance day was the best I have ever witnessed, and started about a minute before the whistle was actually blown. Millwall did a good job of this on the day.
Stadium Overall: 8/10
I’ve been a few times and seen it noisier than it was on this occasion so I’ll give it an 8. The Millwall fans are passionate and can create a good atmosphere that is intimidating for the away team. I would say though for any Derby fans put off by the reputation of the place, don’t be. It’s perfectly safe these days (especially for a low key fixture like this) and you can couple the trip with a day out in London. Get down there next season!
Thoughts on the day and game
Overall it was a thoroughly predictable London away game performance, it’s a long time since we got 3 points in London, I think, against QPR in 2008. We didn’t play too badly, and has periods where we were well on top but just didn’t look like we would get the equaliser. Their first goal was extremely frustrating, but in retrospect, probably the correct decision, although one you would never see an away side get at The Den no doubt!
Crystal Palace 3-0 Derby County, Selhurst Park 17.11.12
Derby’s second trip to the capital also turned out to be successful. Two goals from the in form Glenn Murray and one from midfielder Andre Moritz gave the league leaders another victory.
Andy Buckley-Taylor visited Selhurst Park and had this to say-
Overall Day: 6/10
Palace is an awful trip and to top it off we were awful on the pitch. Wish there was a tube station nearby!
Derby Support: 6/10
Decent following, but not as noisy as some games. Our away support has dropped considerably in the last 4/5 years.
Ground Atmosphere: 7 /10
Better than some I’ve been to!
Stadium Overall: 5 /10
I like old stadiums, but Selhurst Park is very tired! Perhaps they could redevelop the old Athletics Stadium. It’s surely not needed now with the new Olympic Stadium now in the Capital.
Thoughts on the day and game:
I spoke to some home fans and they’re not a bad bunch. We got well beaten, but by a very well organised team that are streets ahead of any other side I’ve seen this season.
Liam Jones as among the travelling Rams fans, here’s what he said-
How would you compare their ground to others in this division?
Old fashioned ground, but offers a great atmosphere compared to the newly built grounds.
What was the day like as a whole?
Good day apart from the result and Derby not playing well.
What’s your favourite Rams away day?
Got to be last season at the City Ground TEN MEN.
The giant flag is always on its travels with the Derby support and this month’s games are no exception.
I’d like to thank everyone that has contributed to this post and let’s hope the Rams have more luck on the road in December!