After two 2-0 wins in a week, Derby have the comfort of a week containing two home games.
Both victories have been good, polished victories. One very pleasing thing has been the two clean sheets, the Rams hadn’t kept a clean sheet since August. Richard Keogh, after a few pre-season jitters, is looking great in the heart of defence and he has now committed to the club by signing a new contract. Cyrus Chrsitie, although dropped for the Nottingham Forest game, has adapted to Championship life very well indeed.
The midfield seemed to have found its balance even before this impressive week but this week has highlighted the midfield’s ability to control games. Furthermore, Craig Bryson appears to have found his feet after a difficult start.
The week ahead
On Tuesday night, AFC Bournemouth make the trip to Pride Park. Eddie Howe’s side has had a great week too, beating pre-season promotion favourites Cardiff 3-0 away from home in the League Cup and following it up with a 2-0 home victory over Wigan.
On Saturday, Millwall make the trip north to take on the Rams. I still remember that loss to the Lions last season with the excessive time wasting. In fact, that defeat on home soil is one of only two home league defeats under Steve McClaren.
Last season Derby failed top convert 6 of their 11 penalties. Chris Martin missed two of the six he scores and yesterday he saw his penalty saved at Bolton Wanderers. Who should take the team’s spot kicks?
One year on
It is one year to the day since Nigel Clough was sacked as Derby County boss.
I remember my immediate reaction; shock and disgust. Have a read of the nation’s reaction, from Robbie Savage to Niall Horan, of the dismissal by clicking here.
The club is keen to remind fans of the huge turnaround, recently posting this graphic (see below) of the remarkable record at home.
— Derby County (@dcfcofficial) September 24, 2014
Martin begins with a bang At this exact date last season, Chris Martin had scored six goals, the same amount he has now (see top goalscorers below). In total he managed 25 goals last season. It’s always difficult to follow up such a good season so it’s good to see that the signs are good.
Sammon at Ipswich
Conor Sammon’s loan move to Ipswich Town was no doubt greeted with one or two cheers around Derby. Much to my surprise, he scored for Town recently, though it is worth pointing out it was a rebound having hit the ball directly at the goalkeeper. Yesterday, he was back up to his old tricks, missing an open goal.
In the match in which he scored, Sky Bet offered its customers a boost in odds! And I didn’t think 10/1 was generous!
Half Time Boost – Conor Sammon 10/1 to score next!!
— Sky Bet (@SkyBet) September 22, 2014
Here is a tally of the scorers so far (in all competitions). (Figures from football-league.co.uk)
Here is the tally of assists made so far (in all competitions). (Figures from football-league.co.uk)