A point against the league leaders & looking ahead to Saturday

Last night, in the bitterly cold Derby weather with a crowd of nearly 21,000, the Rams came from a goal behind to draw with the Championship’s leaders Cardiff City.

Any Derby fan would have taken a point before the game, given that Cardiff are top of the league, but the home crowd went home wondering why the Rams couldn’t pick up all three points.

Missed chances and penalty shouts turned down frustrated Derby. A Cardiff red card, with Craig Noone the dismissed player, that came just after the hour mark gave the Rams the advantage.

Theo Robinson was the man who got the equaliser, on 64 minutes, and, in fairness, that was his only good contribution. Much to the anger of many, Theo spent a spell of the game on the wing. He looks so out of place in that position. Whatever you say about him and his frequent poor games, he scores goals! I find him such an awkward player, I’d want him left out of the team but even when he plays badly he manages to grab an all important goal. Fellow striker Nathan Tyson came on as a sub on Saturday and scored the winner, much to the surprise of many he didn’t start the game last night but did come on as a 67th minute sub.

The question is, who will get the nod to partner Conor Sammon on Saturday? Sammon has seemingly cemented his place in the side, starting Derby’s last 10 games, but he has partnered a few different strikers. Theo and Tyson will surely battle it out for the place on Saturday. Yes Robinson got a point winning goal but his overall contribution was little, whereas Nathan Tyson has been impressive when coming off the bench.

Saturday’s game against Leicester City is certainly a tough away trip. You have to go all the way back to 2002 to find Derby’s last away victory over fellow East Midlanders Leicester. The Foxes occupy a play-off position of 4th and have only dropped 5 points on home soil this campaign.

Here’s the highlights of a Rams victory over Leicester City, this one being the 1999 1-0 win at their then ground Filbert Street.

It’s likely that striker Jamie Ward will miss this game. It’s been thought that he is nearing a return but Nigel Clough says “until the injury has 100% cleared up, we cannot push him”. Left-back Gareth Roberts could miss the game with a calf problem that forced him to be subbed in the first half on Tuesday, his fitness will be assessed closely ahead of the match at the King Power Stadium. There appears to be no other injury concerns for the Rams, who will be looking for a win against the team that have got the double over them for two successive seasons.

This Sky live fixture, kicking off at 5:20 pm, will be a real test for Derby. Nigel Pearson has formulated a good squad at the King Power Stadium that have all the potential to rise to the challenge of promotion. However, their 1-0 defeat to Neil Warnock’s Leeds United last night brought criticism from their manager – “We lacked quality and did not play well, the first half in particular.”

All Derby fans are pretty much agreed that we aren’t that bothered about Leicester, well they aren’t our main or fierce rivals anyway. Despite this the TV cameras have covered this fixture on many occasions in recent years, more so than our matches with our old foes down the A52. Both Foxes V Rams games for the past two seasons have been televised.

Derby are yet to win at the King Power Stadium, can that change on Saturday?


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