It was my first time at Turf Moor and it definitely makes you appreciate the luxuries of home matches.
When I finally got a good signal, the team news wasn’t too surprising. Dawkins had impressed when he came on last week and thus he stated ahead of Patrick Bamford. Both Jamie Ward and Craig Bryson were only fit enough for the bench, which, again, had quite a strong feel to it.
Yes, Martin was extremely unfortunate and very hard done to. However, he does have a tendency to back into players, go down easily and look for fouls – maybe a reputation of those things cost him yesterday.
Recently the ex-Canary has been a shade of his early season form, nevertheless the striker’s goal record is something nobody can argue with. In the past couple of games Conor Sammon has offered more when he’s emerged from the bench, but, of course, not as much as Martin in front of goal.
Watching The Football League Show last night exposed to me the incidents leading up to the sending off in more details. Suspicious incidents went unpunished, that’s for sure.
Martin came and sat on a seat (plastic, unlike the wooden one I paid for!) amongst the away fans, along with the substituted Johnny Russell and Mason Bennett. Reeling from the straight red, he looked extremely disappointed, but, quickly, he was spotted by supporters looking for a photo opportunity.
In the first-half, Derby were on the back foot. Retention of possession was poor and, at times, it just seemed like the visitors couldn’t clear their lines at all.
With ten men in the second 45 the Rams looked like a changed outfit, playing some neat football and coming close to equalising on a few occasions. Based on that second-half, without mentioning the referee’s decisions, Derby deserved to go home with something.
The Clarets were a really organised side that had some very good ball winners in midfield and a solid backline. Prior to the beginning of the season, I didn’t even consider Sean Dyche’s team to be contenders.
David Jones’s goal for the home side was tremendous. Andre Wisdom isn’t exactly at fault hut it must be said that he could have got up quicker to try and stop Michael Knightly making the pass to Jones. Burnley got fortunate with a deflection for the second goal – Derby did always look vulnerable with ten men to searches for a second goal.
Luck was not with the Rams, but it’s time to move on as, looking ahead at the fixtures, March is a tough month – potentially a season-defining month. Forest and trips to Reading and Ipswich stand out as difficult matches. Next is relegation-battling Millwall, now led by Ian Holloway.