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for Those Who Could not Attend

For Those Who Could Not Attend. Tuesday Jan 1 2019.
Visitors - Middlesborough
Referee :- Robert Jones
Crowd :- 28,123
Weather/Conditions. Cloudy, then bright and dry and a bit chilly.
Pitch Condition - Immaculate, as ever.
Team:-
Carson, Bogle, Keogh, Tomori, Wisdom
Evans, Wilson, Mount,
Marriott, Waghorn. Josefzoon

Subs. Nugent, Pearce, Lowe, Roos, Huddlestone
After our stunning and very important victory at Delia’s place, we should all be in a confident mood in spite of our poor record against ‘Boro. Another 3 points on the first day of 2019 would be just great and super start to the second half of the season.

As expected Frank kept the same starting XI and we continued to play in much the same manner, with the difference that we scored after just 90 seconds. On our first attack, Marriott played a beautiful pass into space for Wilson to collect. After a sublime first touch that took it way from their defence, but still under his control, he smashed a shot just inside Randolph’s near post. A really lovely goal and a shake up of Pulis’s team right from the start. Derby continued in this vein for 10 minutes or so until ‘Boro began to believe in themselves and exert some control over proceedings. They started to create a few chances which we defended or they contrived to squander and I think we were relieved to go in for half time at 1-0.

The second half continued in much the same way but with Derby still having good possession against a very physical ‘Boro, who clogged their way to some sort of superiority and with no protection from the referee, Robert Jones. One tackle (assault) by Savile on Marriott merited a red card but was allowed to pass with a mere yellow. Wilson too get battered. At one time our physio and doctor were on the field to attend to 3 consecutive injuries, purely due to the over-exuberant attentions of the Pulis team’s violence. Eventually the pressure yielded ‘Boro a goal. There was a cross from their left wing which no Derby player attempted to win and Hugil had the simplest of tasks to head beyond Carson. Apart from the lenience of the ref towards their rough tactics I suppose It has to be conceded the goal was deserved, and the ultimate result was a fair one. Late on Derby had better legs than ‘Boro and they looked likely to repeat their Norwich exploits and score a late winner. Nugent had a great chance but just could not avoid their keeper with his shot. One would have expected an experienced striker like Nugent to have kept his cool and slotted it in. I suppose if he had, we would have said Derby deserved their win. I also noticed how Frank in his post match RD interview did not criticise Nugent personally. A wise manager with his tongue well under control.

Who played well? All Derby players were good. We appear to have discovered a new left back in Wisdom. He had a very creditable game and put in some good crosses, any of which could have resulted in a goal. Bogle was good and our two central defenders - except for not meeting their cross that led to Bore’s goal. I think it was just between the two and neither saw it as their ball to meet. Evans was great in midfield and Wilson is now shading Mount imho, well though Mount played. Don’t know if he was marked out of it or is just a bit below par. Waghorn had a good game. Marriott was a handful all match and was the sponsor’s MOTM. Josefzoon was improved and needs to keep his place. Holmes when he came on for 25 minutes was very impressive. He has to be starting I think. Nugent tried hard as always but oh… that miss. What a difference that would have made. ‘Boro were a big, well organised and brutal and boring set up and in the end to get a draw was a good result. Thank goodness we don’t have to watch that kind of football every week. If only the referee (who gave 2 yellows to Boro and none to Derby players), had done his job properly? Savile deserved a straight red, I and many others thought.

posted on 2/1/19

comment by 666 ⚽️ (U11795)
posted 3 minutes ago
comment by Let Me inRamdini (U21882)
posted 34 minutes ago

It seems to be a common view.
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....is there any other kind?

#BogwashMafia
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posted on 2/1/19

comment by Let Me inRamdini (U21882)
posted 58 minutes ago
Welcome back 666 I hope you have had an enjoyable bit of time off. Glad to see you on here agin.
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I thought someone was missing, thank goodness 666 has returned from his Caribbean cruise.

Thank you Ramdini for your usual excellent report. I agree with you that Saville should have been sent off, Pulis said he wasn't that sort of player. Ha ha his players targeted Wilson and Marriott, just look at Marriott's shirt, it was filthy.

Wisdom did really well at left back and got some nice crosses in, unlike another winger who never does. He is strong and tall which we need.

I thought Dean Ashton's criticism of Keogh was cretinous, Keogh has been carrying the back 4 for some time, Bogle and Tomori are young players and God knows how many different left backs we've had to use. I think he does well and hated it when he made 1 mistake and the roar went up, which it didn't do when any other player messes up.

I was happy with a draw, I thought they might snatch one at the end. It made me laugh when their fans sang "Derby's a ****hole I want to go home" Is this an example of irony that Scouse mentioned to me the other day?

posted on 2/1/19

Sorry I didn't mean to infer that Wisdom was a winger. Although he'd do a better job there than 2 wingers I could mention.

posted on 2/1/19

I can only assume his players were told to rough up our two creative players. Wilson is very fleet of foot and avoids a lot of (so called) tackles (assaults) but he and Marriott must have been black and blue when the games was over. It is a pity the ref doesn't protect them better. I agree with much that you say VC.

posted on 2/1/19

Keogh really does himself no favours when he ALWAYS throws his arms up in the air after we let one in. He's like a petulant teenager.

posted on 2/1/19

Scouse! Keogh is an annoying individual - with staring eyes and a tendency to say to his interviewer "Like you say". even though he's not said it. But at the end of the day he is a footballer and in that role he does a very good job. It's not necessary to like or dislike his mannerisms. He is a footballer who has given a lot to Derby County (and quite a bit to QPR I know) But we all make mistakes. Try to see the good things in him and ignore the bad.

By the way he played really well on Tuesday.

posted on 2/1/19

I went to an exhibition of the Spanish Inquisition torture chambers yesterday which was probably less horrific than watching middlesbrough.

posted on 2/1/19

Huddersfield are doing their best to beat our record.

posted on 3/1/19

Oddly enough I take a perverse pride in "our record" despite attempts to wind us up over it.

The fans were amazing, there was brilliant black humour and stoicism on here, and in the words of The Proclaimers - its over an done with!

posted on 3/1/19

Yeah I know what you mean. Im sure they will get at least 2 more points over the rest of the season, but maybe they will score less than 20 and at least take that record off us, that's much more feasible.

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