Category Archives: Match Previews

“FC Mendes” v Derby County preview

In the build-up to this game, Gary Rowett has repeatedly spoken about “controlling games without the ball”, something which José Mourinho also talks about.  When Manchester United beat Liverpool 2-1 at Old Trafford despite having been outshot 14-5 and commanded only … Continue reading

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Derby County v Bolton Wanderers preview

If you read my post-Sunderland article, you’ll know that how shocked I was at the performance and entirely deserved 4-1 defeat.  It wasn’t a nice thing to write and I made the point after publishing it that I took no … Continue reading

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Nottingham Forest v Derby County preview

This is the last game that will mean anything for Forest this season, because the Brian Clough Trophy aside, they’re done.  Before today’s games, they had somehow managed to position themselves 14 points short of the play-offs and 14 points … Continue reading

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Derby County v Fulham preview

It’s impossible not to see Derby v Fulham as a potentially decisive moment in the season.  Victory for the Rams would reignite hope, even if it is fainter now, of stealing second spot.  A draw would at least keep the … Continue reading

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Derby County v Bristol City match preview, with The Exiled Robin

It’s easy to see why the basilisk eye of Sky Sports honed in on this one. For an increasingly convincing, battle-hardened Derby, it is an opportunity to, if not nullify a direct rival, at least to kick away from them … Continue reading

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