Vital Football

Latest Derby County News

Rams v Blackburn preview

Rams v Blackburn preview


Derby County v Blackburn Rovers
Premier League
Sunday, 30th December 2007, 1:30 pm
Pride Park


The Rams head into Sunday`s Premier League clash against Blackburn Rovers (1.30pm) desperately looking for a victory to keep themselves in touch with the rest of the league.

There is a great deal of optimism in the camp after the two games over the Christmas period, but a victory has eluded Paul Jewell`s side.

The defeat on Boxing Day against Liverpool was a huge disappointment for the Rams but they showed a great deal of character. Made pundits believed Liverpool didn`t play well but the Rams didn`t let them, closing them down at every opportunity.

The omens are good for the Rams for Sunday`s clash as they are defending an unbeaten home Premier League record against Blackburn and are looking for a fourth consecutive home win over them.

Rovers last won a league game on Derby turf on 4 September 1991; 0-2 in the old second Division, but they did win an FA Cup clash at Pride Park in 2001.

Mark Hughes` side have also picked up a point over Christmas, a 0-1 home loss against Chelsea on Boxing Day was followed by a 2-2 draw at Manchester City, but Rovers have slipped to ninth in the table with one win in nine outings.

Jewell hopes his side continues on with their previous performances. He said: "'We have to get into peoples' faces; otherwise we will be really embarrassed.

'There are things we must do to give ourselves a chance, and that is application and effort.

'We have not been good enough in too many games and that is why we are bottom of the league. It is not poor refereeing decisions, but what we are doing.'

The Rams have a long list off injuries with Andy Griffin, Rob Earnshaw (both calf), Matt Oakley (thigh), Andy Todd (back), Claude Davis (knee), David Jones (groin) and Stephen Bywater and Stephen Pearson (both shoulder).

Matt Oakley and Stephen Bywater could return for the game but Jewell will not take any chances for the game and has added Jon Macken to the squad, the striker has been recalled from his loan spell at Barnsley early.

Rovers bring back midfielder Robbie Savage (who is reportedly a target of the Rams in the January transfer window) and left-back Stephen Warnock who are both available again after one-match bans.

Defender Andre Ooijer is still recovering from a hamstring injury and is not expected to be fully fit until mid-January.
________________________________________
Squads
Derby
(from): Price, Bywater, Edworthy, McEveley, Leacock, Johnson, Barnes, Mears, Moore, Feilhaber, Holmes, Oakley, Teale, Lewis, Miller, Howard, Fagan, Macken, Hinchliffe.

Blackburn (from): Friedel, Emerton, Samba, Nelsen, Warnock, Khizanishvili, Bentley, Dunn, Tugay, Reid, Savage, Pedersen, Santa Cruz, McCarthy, Roberts, Derbyshire, Mokoena, Berner, Olsson, Brown.

Referee - Peter Walton (Northamptonshire)

Win FREE pizza with Vital Football!
Select your team and get 50% off if they score twice.
www.papajohns.co.uk/football

Writer:Peter Simcox
Date:Saturday December 29 2007
Time: 12:30AM

Best of Vital Network

Comments

0
Come on Derby .. get some more points on the board and leave those relegation worries behind you - It's not too late just look at what Pompey did three seasons ago ... it you want inspiration it's right there .. and we didn't start our great escape until March.. if you can collect a few wins soon it won't take long to climb out of that bottom three and leave those places for Boro, Wigan & Fulham to fill !
Chix
29/12/2007 00:41:00
0
Hey lads, i think we are almost as desperate as you guys for a win, our last win was against newcastle, i think this is gonna be a really physical game, hopefully no more injuries, good luck, but i hope we steal the points from you....sorry lads
sasman
29/12/2007 09:56:00
0
There Can Only Be One Winner Here, You Won't Be In To Double Figures Points Wise THIS Year Guys..!
horseworrier
29/12/2007 20:50:00
0
I Don't Like To Say I Told Ya So But I Told Ya So...!!
horseworrier
31/12/2007 10:25:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Derby County Articles

Not Favoured Or Favourite But Could It Be Coppell?

Former Leicester boss Pearson's been linked with Aston Villa but is the favoured option. Another with a Villa past is Sherwood, he's the bookies favourite but Coppell could be the man?

Bryson Gets The Call

After the disappointment of the play-off defeat there was some good news on a personal level for one of Derby County`s midfielders...

Rams Release Duo

Derby County released their retained list at the back end of last week with no real surprises from the first team squad as two were released.

Derby - FL Dates 2016/17 (23/5/16)

The Football League have released the key dates for the coming 2016/17 season.

Archived Vital Derby Articles

Vital Derby articles from

Site Journalists

MikeC
Editor email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Player of the Season?
Suggested By: MikeC
Carson10%
Christie5%
Keogh22%
Shackell2%
Olsson0%
Thorne2%
Butterfield0%
Johnson2%
Bryson20%
Hendrick2%
Martin5%
Weimann0%
Russell28%
Ince2%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
C Burnley 46 26 15 5 93 37
P Middlesbrough 46 26 11 9 89 32
3 Brighton 46 24 17 5 89 30
4 Hull City 46 24 11 11 83 34
5 Derby County 46 21 15 10 78 23
6 Sheff Wed 46 19 17 10 74 21
7 Ipswich 46 18 15 13 69 2
8 Cardiff 46 17 17 12 68 5
9 Brentford 46 19 8 19 65 5
10 Birmingham 46 16 15 15 63 4
11 Preston 46 15 17 14 62 0
12 Q.P.R. 46 14 18 14 60 0
13 Leeds Utd 46 14 17 15 59 -8
14 Wolves 46 14 16 16 58 -5
15 Blackburn 46 13 16 17 55 0
16 Forest 46 13 16 17 55 -4
17 Reading 46 13 13 20 52 -7
18 Bristol City 46 13 13 20 52 -17
19 Huddersfield 46 13 12 21 51 -11
20 Fulham 46 12 15 19 51 -13
21 Rotherham 46 13 10 23 49 -18
R Charlton 46 9 13 24 40 -40
R MK Dons 46 9 12 25 39 -30
R Bolton 46 5 15 26 30 -40
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Recent Derby County Results (view all)

Derby County Fixtures (view all)

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.diddyram4
2.Kevd_yahoo1
3.ForestMad1