The last two home games, not mentioning the controversies of Turf Moor, have left a sour taste in the mouths of fans. Although the latter home game, a 0-0 draw to Bolton, was an improvement, the inability to break down the opponents’ defence has been frustrating.
Free-scoring football, coupled with conceding too many, last month and priorly seems distant and has clearly resulted in a shift in attacking focus to the defence, which has tightened up, as demonstrated in the string of 1-0 wins, but it’s meant clear-cut chances and goals have dried up.
An automatic promotion finish now seems to be a tall order with too much reliance on Burnley slipping up – in fact, there is too much reliance on Burnley having a MAJOR slip-up. I, like many, think second place is out of reach, unfortunately. 8 points is the difference with both sides having 11 matches to play. How I’d love to be proved wrong.
Tomorrow the Rams are off to Reading, a team that quitely occupy the final play-off spot. The Royals have won at promotion-chasing QPR and Nottingham Forest this season, as well as at Derby in the early parts of the campaign.
However, Nigel Adkins’ side’s home form at the Madjeski will give the Rams cause for hope – in their past three matches tomorrow’s hosts have picked up just a point; a draw against relegation candidates Yeovil, a defeat to mid-table Blackburn and a loss at the hands of struggling Sheffield Wednesday is among the reasons why they lie 13th in the home table.
See the below graphic for a pleasant breakdown of the key statisitics and figures ahead of the match.