Vital Football

Latest Derby County News

Preview: Derby County vs. Crystal Palace

Derby County
vs.
Crystal Palace

Pride Park Stadium

17/04/10

15:00

Relegation-haunted Crystal Palace make the trip north to face a Rams side who, despite the recent defeat to Ipswich Town, have the second best home record outside the top six. The Eagles are one point and one place above Sheffield Wednesday, the team in the highest relegation place, so Palace will be fighting for their lives and should not be taken lightly. Derby must realise that they are not safe until it is impossible to be caught, something they seemed to cotton on to during the decent 0-0 draw at Barnsley. Earlier in the season, Palace beat Derby 1-0, so Nigel Clough will be eager to see his side avoid being on the wrong en of a league double.

Vital Quotes:

Rams manager Nigel Clough wants to end the season on a high so his side can go into next season full of confidence: 'It would take a freakish set of results for us to be dragged into it and so, after sweating for a few weeks, we can say we are nearly there,' he said.

'But we still want to put in good performances in the last three matches.

'Our aim is to stay unbeaten to the end of the season, and to get a win because even at this stage that would build confidence.

'If we did that, it would be good to take into the summer and the start of next season.'

Palace centre-back Johannes Ertl want to see his Palace team-mate Paddy Mcarthy score another wonder-goal at Pride Park after he notched with one against The Rams at Pride Park last season: 'I have said to Paddy in training this morning that he has to do it again,' said the amiable Austrian. 'It was an amazing goal, from so far out and I would love him to score another one like that.

'The match against Rangers was very disappointing but I am not a player to dwell on games that have gone. We are focussing on Derby now. It is a very winnable game and if we can get the points that will give us a massive boost before our final two games.'

Derby County Team News:

Chris Porter is looking for a starting berth after recovering from an ankle knock. Dean Moxey, Gilles Sunu and Gary Teale are all pushing for a place but Stephen Pearson is serving the second match of his two-match ban.

Player to watch: Tomasz Cywka

Polish striker Cywka was excellent in the draw against Barnsley and was denied a full debut goal by a goal-line clearance. Derby will be looking at him with a view to next season as his contract with Wigan expires at the end of the season.

Crystal Palace Team News:

Ex-Rams flop Claude Davis looks set to miss out after not being in the 16 for the last two games with a knee problem. Calvin Andrew and veteran striker Alan Lee may also miss out.

Player to watch: Darren Ambrose

Without attacking midfielder Ambrose, Palace would surely be already relegated. He has had his best goalscoring season and got the winning goal when the teams met earlier in the season.

Match Facts & Stats

Last 5: Derby County

Barnsley (a) 0-0

Ipswich Town (h) 1-3

Coventry City (a) 1-0

Leicester City (h) 1-0

QPR (a) 1-1

Last 5: Crystal Palace

QPR (h) 0-2

Preston North End (h) 3-1

Middlesbrough (a) 1-1

Watford (a) 3-1

Cardiff City (h) 1-2

Next Fixtures:

Bristol City vs. Derby County, Saturday 24 April 2010 15:00, The Coca-Cola Football League Championship


Writer:RobB
Date:Friday April 16 2010
Time: 7:13PM

Best of Vital Network

Login to post a comment

Site Journalists

MikeC
Editor email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

MotM v. Rotherham United
Suggested By: MikeC
Carson11%
Baird8%
Keogh8%
Pearce0%
Olsson0%
Johnson0%
Butterfield0%
Bryson0%
Ince33%
Nugent8%
Russell16%
Hughes0%
Bent8%
Blackman8%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
C Newcastle 46 29 7 10 94 45
P Brighton 46 28 9 9 93 34
3 Reading 46 26 7 13 85 4
4 Sheff Wed 46 24 9 13 81 15
5 Huddersfield 46 25 6 15 81 -2
6 Fulham 46 22 14 10 80 28
7 Leeds Utd 46 22 9 15 75 14
8 Norwich 46 20 10 16 70 16
9 Derby County 46 18 13 15 67 4
10 Brentford 46 18 10 18 64 10
11 Preston 46 16 14 16 62 1
12 Cardiff 46 17 11 18 62 -1
13 Aston Villa 46 16 14 16 62 -1
14 Barnsley 46 15 13 18 58 -3
15 Wolves 46 16 10 20 58 -4
16 Ipswich 46 13 16 17 55 -10
17 Bristol City 46 15 9 22 54 -6
18 Q.P.R. 46 15 8 23 53 -14
19 Birmingham 46 13 14 19 53 -19
20 Burton 46 13 13 20 52 -14
21 Forest 46 14 9 23 51 -10
R Blackburn 46 12 15 19 51 -12
R Wigan 46 10 12 24 42 -17
R Rotherham 46 5 8 33 23 -58
The Vital Football Members League
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Vital Football Comment

Recent Derby County Results (view all)

Derby County Fixtures (view all)

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.diddyram1
Write for Vital Football