Category Archives: Tactics

What happens next at Pride Park?

At the time of writing, the home howlers against Bristol City and Cardiff have the feeling of a period which defines this as another season of underachievement – the week when Derby fluffed their lines again. The disastrous events of last week have left … Continue reading

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Ipswich ‘mugging’ hints at better things to come for Derby County

I was in Barcelona this week and we took a trip to the Camp Nou to watch the blaugrana, in what everybody assumed would be a standard thrashing of Deportivo Alavés. What an arena.  Imposing and quite beautiful, with our views from the … Continue reading

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Thinking the unthinkable – Derby County players who could be set for life on the bench under Pearson

Over the past couple of seasons, it’s fair to say that certain players have come to be considered as automatic picks.  That’s fine – every squad has its star players – until it becomes a matter of near panic when … Continue reading

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Could Derby County field a diamond formation in 2016/7?

Derby’s squad is pretty big at the moment.  Of course that’s good, in some ways – we know that over the season, players get injured, or lose form and it’s always massively important to have a strong bench to turn to. That said, as things … Continue reading

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Is possession the key to success?

The august Steve Nicholson has a bee in his bonnet at the moment about possession.  ‘A lot of nonsense is written about possession’, he tweeted recently.  He notes that in Derby’s first six games this season, they had the majority … Continue reading

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