What a night!
The main talking points from Derby’s 3-2 win over the Glovers….
The travelling support from Somerset was impressive considering the distance, the day and time of the match. They also made themselves heard. Prior to the match, reports circulated that some of the away fans were making their way up on boats due to the heavy rainfall!
Yeovil set out well – defended for their lives and attacked in numbers with immense vigour for an away side. It was, of course, very effective. Splitting the defence open and displaying their clinical side in front of goal shocked the Rams, who had enough chances of their own to have matched the visitors’ half-time goal tally, and the supporters that expected to be cheered up with a comfortable victory after another day of miserable weather.
Defensively the home side were not at their best and struggled with the surging runs as the Glovers counter-attacked. Ishmael Miller was quite a presence in their attack.
An improved second-half
John Eustace was taken off at the break for Jamie Ward, demonstrating McClaren’s attacking intent. Yeovil were pressured from beginning to end of the half and fortunately they attacks were fewer and further between, enabling Derby to pile on the pressure.
The diving header from Patrick Bamford went in just five minutes after the re-start and Craig Bryson, just three minutes from full-time, showed immense quality to slot the ball in the bottom corner of the goal across a body packed of boxes.
Of course the Rams weren’t content with a point. A Bryson free-kick was glanced in by Chris Martin’s head. Wild scenes followed, the players even broke the corner flag whilst celebrating. A euphoric feeling after a plethora of chances missed, including a sitter from left-back Craig Forsyth.
The, to use a great football cliché, ‘never-say-die’ attitude was marvellous to see and, in spite of seemingly clinching a draw, Johnny Russell was brought on for added time. The Rams did it the hard way.
Bamford’s goal means it is three from three now, with two of those matches coming from the bench. Not only does he have such clinical finishing, but he’s also Derby’s most tricky player. The Chelsea loanee went on a couple of completely dazzling runs that made me wonder how he held on to the ball. Clearly a talent and somebody that has a contribution that makes a significant difference. It was Bamford’s first start in Derby colours and some may suggest he is wasted out wide.
Dawkins was a leading threat for the home side and his liveliness on the ball helped create the first goal. For me, he was man of the match for the Rams in possibly his best match since joining permanently this month.
Don’t leave before the match is over!
Derby really like putting their fans through the mill, don’t they?
Two goals in the last few minutes last night, a late equaliser at Ewood last week and, casting my mind further back, a last-gasp winner at Watford back in October and another late Bryson goal to complete the turnaround in the 4-4 draw with Ipswich.
Lastly, I’ll leave you with a glorious photo from Derby Telegraph snapper Ian Hodkinson of the players after Martin’s winner.