I decided to try something new for the blog for this game and took a stab at ‘calling’ it as it unfolded, with my good friend Trev Eriksson-Pattinson acting as ‘expert summariser’. Trev knows his stuff and isn’t a Derby fan, so was able to maintain a tad more emotional distance than I could (although his wild celebrations when George Thorne scored that goal at Huddersfield confirmed his identity as an Honorary Ram.)
Although we lost the game and deservedly so, the commentary may be of interest to anybody who wants to have another think about the game and how it panned out.
Warning: Contains strong language. If you’re listening in a setting where ‘effing and jeffing’ would be inappropriate, please use headphones…
After listening back to the match today and making a few notes, here are my player ratings for the game:
Scott Carson – 6/10 Didn’t actually have much to do over the course of the full game, but made one superb save to deny Jamie Ward (thankfully), before blotting his copybook with an unbelievably slack touch which almost gifted Forest a second goal.
Cyrus Christie – 4 We’ve all been pleased with Christie this season, but Trev felt and I agree that he had a bit of a nightmare at the City Ground. He got into plenty of good positions, but wasted almost all of them, either through poor delivery or no delivery. The substitute Ben Osborn marked him into irrelevance in the second half.
Richard Keogh – 7 Didn’t do a lot wrong on the night, with the exception of one dizzyingly bad pass into touch.
Jason Shackell – 7 Won his headers, made some strong tackles and usually used the ball sensibly.
Stephen Warnock – 7 Barely put a foot wrong, one sloppy pass out from the back aside and although the goal-saving tackle on Ryan Mendes was his best contribution, he also did his best to get forward and nearly created the equaliser for Chris Martin with a great cross. He was one of our best players on the night, which was at least one plus point, after Craig Forsyth’s injury.
Jeff Hendrick – 5 Not to be for Jeff, who wasn’t able to offer enough attacking impetus from midfield. Unlucky to see his well struck twenty-yarder clip the bar.
George Thorne – 5 Made some classy defensive interventions, but I’m struggling to recall any dangerous forward passes of note.
Bradley Johnson – 5 Had a bit of a nightmare with his passing and will, I’m sure, be deeply disappointed with his night’s work. Trev felt he vied with Christie as Derby’s worst performer on the night.
Johnny Russell – 5 Faded badly along with the team in the second half, possibly as a result of getting repeatedly nailed.
Chris Martin – 5 His casual flick led to Forest’s winning goal, he was only close to scoring once all night and his awful free kick just about summed up the team’s performance.
Andreas Weimann – 6 Trev noticed that Weimann was taking up some good positions in the first half, but the ball never seemed to reach him. Put in a shift, for no reward whatsoever.
Tom Ince – 5 May well be restored to the side for Cardiff, but didn’t get on the ball enough to make a difference on this occasion.
Jacob Butterfield – 6 Unlucky to be left out and looked bright when he was finally brought on. Trev felt we could have done with him out there much earlier.
Darren Bent – 5 No real chances for the poacher in his latest cameo.