My last two articles on here have contained groans about the Derby County defence. How stupid do I look now?
The defence collectively produced a solid display against QPR on Tuesday night, with Jake Buxton and Richard Keogh performing outstanding at the heart of the back four. I really didn’t anticipate keeping a clean sheet after conceding poor goals against both Yeovil and Birmingham.
John Eustace’s goal, his first in Derby colours, was wonderful. The loop outwitted the defence, punishing Rob Green after his short punch out.
I thought the away side were pretty uninspiring for their superior amount of possession and the amount of money spent. They couldn’t create as many clear-cut chances but credit to Lee Grant for making a couple of excellent saves.
On Monday the table looked lovely, however, after a night of results that didn’t go in the Rams’ favour. Four points now separate McClaren’s side from second-placed Burnley and one point is the current gap that Forest must mind.
Sheffield Wednesday, 17th, appears to be, dare I say, a relatively easy game on the face of it, but the Owls were on an 11-match unbeaten run prior to their 3-0 defeat to WIgan last night. After that, Bournemouth, 15th, visit, two good opportunities to gain maximum points before the difficult trip to bogey side Burnley.
Derby have a comparably easy next couple of games to the promotion chasing counterparts. It’s a time I hope is capitalised on. Burnley travel to Bournemouth at the weekend, followed by a grudge match with Forest on the 22nd. The Reds, before that, take on runaway leaders Leicester. QPR next face 6th-placed Reading. This spell could result in a little reshuffle beneath the Foxes.