Welcome back to the blog as we attempt to get Derby firing again and moving up the table. We have had a pretty good start here and are now 6 points adrift from the play offs. We are in the middle of the January transfer window so there maybe some activity. We kick off with an FA Cup game against Huddersfield who are fighting for the title in our league.
Huddersfield – Away – FA Cup 3rd Round
Huddersfield take the lead inside 10 minutes with a cross to the near post for Wells to tap in. We concede a penalty shortly before half time when Keogh pushes a player in the area which Wells steps up to take and gets his second by putting it in to the bottom corner. Wells gets his hat trick after Olsson has a poor touch and Wells is there to poach it off him and put it past the keeper.
Millwall – Home – League – 13th V 22nd
A much better start from us this game and we open the scoring just after the half hour mark when Fyvie receives the ball on the edge of the area and fires it through a bunch of players and in to the bottom corner. A quiet second half saw us get the win and continue moving upwards.
Huddersfield – Away – League – 4th V 11th
Huddersfield open the scoring with a ball in to the box perfectly placed for Van La Parra to head in at the back post. They double the lead seconds later with a ball over the top to Payne who slides it under the keeper. We get a foot back in the game when Lolley sees a lovely curling effort fly in to the top corner. We get the equaliser when Lolley whips a free kick in to the area which gets nodded on and Pearce is open at the back post to head in to an empty goal.
A few days after this game we had an offer from another club after we had a meeting last week over a potential move already….
We have moved once again! Now I know you will all question why I have moved again and say I should never of left Tranmere in the first place but in all honesty Derby was a sinking ship with problems much bigger off the the field than on it and to keep on moving with this blog I couldn’t be on a sinking ship so Leeds came to the rescue and offered me the job with a lot more backing from everyone and the potential to grow as a manager and a club. I will now say I won’t leave Leeds in the next 12/24 months unless a crazy offer comes in for me and I can’t turn it down. Along with being appointed the new manager I have brought in the legend Jaap Stam in as my right hand man.
I will continue to try and use my 4321 formation which should work with these players and the right additions.
Our first game is against Preston who are struggling in the league and my bogey side on FM, no matter what team I am or what formation I play I always struggle against them so I am expecting a difficult opening game for us with both teams struggling.
Preston – Home – League – 19th V 20th
After a solid opening 45 minutes from us we go behind after they counter and square it across the edge of the area to an unmarked player to curl it round the keeper. We win a penalty in the 65th minute which Wilson strangely steps up to take and smashes it against the bar and they clear it. They get a second to wrap up the win when they score a header from a corner after our defender misses the ball. We concede a penalty in injury to add further misery to the game and they fire it straight down the middle for a third and to give us a defeat in our first game in charge.
We have a few days left in the window and a bit of money to spend and along with the team lacking depth we was also awful against Preston and shown where we needed new additions. I am happy with the signings we have made and will continue to improve the squad in the summer after we have had time at the club.
I feel bringing Gibson in for under a million is the bargain of the season. We have brought in mainly centre backs which is what we lacked and a couple of attacking midfielders who can play behind the strikers comfortably and a striker or two although Stacey probably won’t get that much game time this season. A solid starting team now and we can push on and have a good end to the season and build on from next season.
I know it looks like a bad move right now but things wasn’t going to plan at Derby and I was going to struggle as promises wasn’t being kept from the people above and things broke down and we moved on. We have tough games coming up starting with a cup game against Everton which I am not to bothered about this season. We have more than enough to stay up this season so just need the boys to put in the performances to show that. We also have a young spanish midfielder in the youth team who looks to have potential and I have brought up to the first team for a few weeks which I will show you next time.
Thanks for reading.