Derby 1-1 Brentford
It was horrible from beginning to end with the only highlight being the Darren Bent ‘right place, right time’ poacher’s finish. I don’t know how Brentford didn’t win it 5-0, the Rams really were that poor.
The away side played like the home side for the first-half. Possession at half-time was over 60% in their favour. Derby didn’t get hold of the ball and play it around, instead Brentford created some good chances against a disjointed and error-prone defence. The new defence that includes Keogh at right-back with Forsyth at centre-half might have looked okay against a poor Wigan side but not today.
However, the Rams were in control for the first ten minutes of the first 45. Apart from that, it was just awful to watch. Long balls forward were met with nothing, crosses straight to defenders and a whole team lacking a lot of confidence.
Bent’s goal was even difficult to cheer, the goal celebration music didn’t feel right. Boos at half-time and some at full-time were horrible to hear for a team in 5th fighting for the Premiership but were within their right and justified.
Passing it about in their own half, Derby still looked troubled and it provided one or two eye-covering moments. Where is the side demolished Wolves 5-0 and Fulham 5-1 earlier in the season?
After some games in the horrific recent run of form, many have written off automatic promotion but not until the last few games have I really thought that the side couldn’t make the play-offs. It’s going to be quite a fight to make them and then, based on what I see at the moment, suffer an immediate semi-final defeat to a much better Middlesbrough team. Derby, Ipswich, Brentford and Wolves – four won’t fit into two play-off spaces. I say this with little confidence but I think Derby might just stumble over the line. I can’t see any form coming from anywhere.
The whole feel about the club isn’t right. There’s a general consensus that McClaren is off. Maybe the players are feeling that.
What next? Surely not Blackpool giving Derby a kicking on Tuesday night?