Derby County v Manchester United FA Cup fourth round – preview

Fifth in the Championship hosts fifth in the Premier League – and fifth, for both teams, is not an happy place to be. Derby County didn’t spend £25m to settle for a play-off berth and Manchester United didn’t spend £250m … Continue reading

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Gray the difference as luckless Derby County downed by Burnley

Burnley’s big money signing Andre Gray was the star of the show in a game that swung alarmingly away from Derby County in a disastrous second-half spell. Gray, signed from Brentford for an initial £6.25m, possibly rising to £9.75m with … Continue reading

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Great Expectations – Derby County’s new role as ‘overdogs’

Last week, I got an email from a journalist requesting my opinion on ‘the state of things’ at Derby.  Were the majority of fans still behind Paul Clement, or was there a growing mood of unrest?  Did the manager have … Continue reading

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Derby County v Reading preview, with The Tilehurst End

DCB: First off, we have to talk about Nick, of course…  Judging from the articles on your site and it seems that, even now, opinion is split on Blackman, with not everybody all that sad to see him go.  He’s … Continue reading

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The Machine Gun and the Wardrobe: Nick Blackman and Chris Martin, different kinds of threat

I want to say something about scapegoating, which I have realised over time is one of the worst things about football fans.  We’ve all been guilty of it at one time or another – had a go at a player, … Continue reading

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