Category Archives: Tactics

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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Eustace v “Newstace” – George Thorne’s impact analysed

Much has been written about the impact of Steve McClaren’s four key signings this season. Patrick Bamford’s has been the most spectacular – it’s a shame that his sublime strike against Sheffield Wednesday didn’t at least make the top three … Continue reading

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The One Second Rule

I strongly recommend to anybody who enjoys this blog that they subscribe to The Blizzard.  It’s a lovingly crafted, scholarly, occasionally pretentious, but never fusty quarterly world football magazine, which covers everything from historical figures such as Valentín Panenka to the … Continue reading

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