Welcome back to our new surroundings at Derby as we look to turn them around from a struggling team to a team that can fight for the title/play offs. I had good first impressions from the boys in the first game under our reign as we beat a solid Brighton team comfortably. This season is all about finishing as high as we can and having more of a charge for the top places next season along with a summer of bringing in our own players. Exciting times ahead here as we are at a bigger team compared to Tranmere and one where we can again we trophies. We are now coming up to the Christmas period which is one of the toughest times in the season with little rest between games.
Barnsley – Away – League – 15th V 18th
A dominant first half from us but we just couldn’t get the goal to get the breakthrough. Johnson gives a penalty away early in the second half which Bradshaw converts by smashing it in to the top corner. Barnsley get a second in the final few minutes when Hourihane curls a free kick round the wall and in to the top corner to secure the 3 points.
Norwich – Home – League – 21st V 3rd
We take the lead in the 20 minute when Bryson plays Vydra through on goal to tuck it past the keeper. We double our lead a few minutes later when Thorne’s free kick takes a deflection to beat the keeper. A quiet second half wraps up the 3 points and bounced back from a poor result against Barnsley.
Wolves – Home – League – 17th V 9th
We take the lead in a bizarre way after a whipped ball in from Shotton beats everyone in the box and flies in to the goal at the far post. We get a second goal shortly before half time with Russell squaring it to Fyvie in the area to roll it home. We get a third thanks to Vydra when he gets on the end of a Olsson cross to poke it past the keeper.
Fulham – Home – League – 16th V 9th
A dominant performance from us from start to finish and we get the opening goal in the 10 minute when Thorne fires in from the edge of the area. Thorne gets his second of the game just before the half hour mark when a deflected free kick falls to him in the area to curl it past the keeper.
Burnley – Away – League – 21st V 13th
We get off to a great start when Russell gives us the lead inside 5 minutes after Lolley plays a ball over the top to him to curl it in to the bottom corner. Burnley level minutes later when they square the ball to Ulloa to tap in. We retake the lead when Gaman scores a header from a corner. We get a third just before half time with Vydra firing it in to the bottom corner after some lovely one touch passing leading to the goal. Russell makes it four when Johnson plays him through one v one to slot it under the keeper. Vydra makes it five late on when Olsson whips the ball in for him to head in at the near post. Vydra then gets his hat trick and a sixth goal for us minutes later with a 30 yard rocket.
Sunderland – Away – League – 3rd V 11th
Sunderland go in front after a shot rebounds off the bar and falls to their striker to tap in. They double their lead when a cross misses everyone and falls to Fraser on the corner of the area who controls it and fires past the keeper at his near post. We get a consolation late on when Weimann heads in from a ball in from Olsson.
I forgot to mention this lad last time but he looks very good and is currently being tutored by Carson and I feel he will become our number one in the next few years as Carson is aging and will look to move him on before long.
We have dragged ourselves up from the relegation fight to sit about mid table with being 6 points from the play offs and 10 points from relegation it is still a close league. A slight blip against Barnsley and against Sunderland which is expected as they are a very good side but apart from that we have looked very good. We do have a small squad and a number of players are either wanting to leave or clubs are sniffing around them so I may have to sell but will try and hold on till the summer. Players like Vydra have asked to leave which isn’t a surprise as he has banged goals in and has looked amazing in our time here. We are looking good and could possibly get close to the play offs but ideally we will miss out and go again next season. We have some tough games coming up against teams below us and an FA cup game against Huddersfield to deal with.
Thanks for reading.