Following on from my player of the season piece, I’ve gathered more reflections on the campaign and compiled some different awards.
Sweetest left foot – Patrick Bamford
Who else? I wish I had a left foot half as good as Bamford, who I have really taken to since he arrived from Chelsea.
Most patient – George Thorne
Out on loan to gather experience, the West Brom loanee found himself doing little more than trying out the substitute benches of various clubs. The midfielder was an unused sub for eight successive matches after signing in late January. Finally, he was unleashed in the East Midlands derby last month and turned out to be rather good.
Best beard – Jake Buxton
This one’s barely a contest. Bucko was quoted as saying his wife “hates it” but “the lads love it” so the beard continued to grow.
Best galloping runs and accurate crosses – Craig Forsyth
The full-back is a constant threat down the left flank having improved massively as the campaign has progressed.
Scrappiest goal – Conor Sammon
Somehow the Irishman bagged Derby the winner against Middlesbrough on a cold Wednesday night at the iPro back in December. I don’t know how he was credited with it or how he scored, but he did. Watch it again and try and point out who actually scored!
Most bizarre celebration – Richard Keogh
Stop it, Richard!
Most time spent on the ground – Chris Martin
There aren’t many players that are fouled or end up on the ground as much as Martin. At times, he seems to seek the foul and actually back into the opponents. His goal record, though, cannot be argued with.
Most skilful – Jake Buxton
Cristiano Ronaldo, watch out. Watch this below that illustrates the defender’s skill.
Craziest game – Derby 4-4 Ipswich
The post-Clough era didn’t begin quietly. Atrocious defending was met with a superb response and genuine fight by the Rams.
Most boring game – England U’21s 1-0 Wales U’21s
OK, this isn’t strictly a Derby County game but it was at the home of the Rams.
It was like a training match, no fight, too tactical and, as a result, extremely monotonous, the intensity of league matches is the opposite of that. Club football most certainly beats internationals. This match could have been helped by England giving Will Hughes a start and playing the nowhere to be seen Derby adopted heroes Patrick Bamford and Andre Wisdom.
Best game – Derby 5-0 Forest
It fills me with immense joy to even think about this one. Utter embarrassment for the men from down the A52. The rampant Rams could have even scored more. Sure to put a smile on your face, re-watch the highlights below.