UK time is: 09:25:20
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

The Robins vs. The Rams

Ashton Gate

11/12/2010

15:00

Preview: Bristol City vs. Derby County

The Rams have lost three games out of the last four and will be eager to halt the slide and get back into the play-off places. Nigel Clough's side fell from 4th to 7th as a result of the 2-1 home defeat to Norwich City. Saturday's opponents Bristol City sit in 18th place and seven points behind Derby, but have hit decent form in recent weeks under Keith Millen following a poor start to the campaign under Steve Coppell.

Vital Quotes:

Dean Leacock is keen to play the next game after a poor showing against Norwich, in which he allowed Chris Martin a free header to put Norwich: 'Any time is a good time to get a win but we've lost two in a row now and we've not been used to that recently,' said The Rams defender.

'It's not good enough and it's important that we bounce back quickly and get a positive result down in Bristol.

'We know it's going to be tough. They are in a good vein of form at the moment.

'We've got to train hard and, hopefully, we have got the players who can turn things around.

'The Norwich result was very disappointing but, hopefully, we can bounce back and go on another run.'

Bristol City midfielder Lee Johnson spent a month at Pride Park on loan last season, and has spoken highly of his former teammate Robbie Savage, and manager Nigel Clough: 'I think Robbie loves it at Derby and he's become a talisman for the club. Nigel Clough has got the best out of him and, although he is not a genius on the ball, he has great awareness of where he needs to be and that streetwise savvy and football knowledge every team needs.

'He loves putting his foot in and his head in and, no matter what people think of him, he affects the game, the crowd and the referee. There's an art to that, but I can tell you he'll have nothing on me come Saturday!'

On Clough, Johnson added: 'Nigel Clough is an old-style manager with a modern twist rather than a new-style manager with an old-fashioned twist.

'Given the wage bill he inherited and the problems he's had to sort out behind the scenes, he has done a brilliant job there.'

The Robins Team News:

Ex-Rams striker Jon Stead has shaken off an ankle knock and will partner Brett Pitman in attack. The Robins frontman played an important role Derby´s promotion season in 06/07. Dangerous frontman Nicky Maynard, who netted twice against Derby on the penultimate day of last season, is still out with a long-term injury.

Player to watch: Brett Pitman

After initially struggling for a goal following his move from Bournemouth in the summer, striker Pitman has notched three goals in the last two games. He is a good natural finisher.

The Rams Team News:

Frank Fielding is set to make his final appearance for The Rams as his loan deal runs out. He will return to Blackburn Rovers with great credit after some good performances. Shefki Kuqi is also returning to his parent club after the game, but he is not as likely to feature with both Luke Moore and Chris Porter ahead of him. No long term injury victims are likely to return, but Alberto Bueno could return after a couple of weeks out with a hamstring injury.

Player to watch: Kris Commons

Commons just can't stop scoring. He netted his 11th of the season against Norwich and is currently scoring more than a goal every two games, a remarkable achievement for an attacking midfielder. He is currently second top scorer in the league behind Cardiff City's England international Jay Bothroyd.

Match Facts & Stats

Last Matches:

Derby County:

Ipswich Town (a) 2-0

Leicester City (a) 0-2

Scunthorpe United (h) 3-2

Burnley (a)1-2

Norwich City (h) 1-2

Bristol City:

Preston North End (h) 1-1

Swansea City (a) 1-0

Leeds United (a) 1-3

Leicester City (h) 2-0

Sheffield United (h) 3-0

Next Fixtures:

Derby County vs. Reading, Sat 18th December, 15:00pm, The Championship




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!

The Journalist

Writer: RobB Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday December 10 2010

Time: 12:55PM

 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Derby County Articles

The Price Of Prising McClaren Away (Monday March 30 2015)

Vital Derby On Twitter (Sunday March 29 2015)

McClaren - Change Our Momentum (Saturday March 28 2015)

Vital Derby On Facebook (Friday March 27 2015)

McDonald Loaned To Cheltenham (Thursday March 26 2015)

Mascarell Out For The Season (Thursday March 26 2015)

Vital Derby Needs You (Thursday March 26 2015)

Hendrick To Miss Ireland Match (Wednesday March 25 2015)

Rams Linked To Arsenal Striker (Wednesday March 25 2015)

Ward Relishing Scotland Clash (Tuesday March 24 2015)

Archived Derby County Articles

List All Vital Derby Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

League Results (view all)

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
2. Watford 39 22 6 11 32 72
3. Middlesbrough 39 21 9 9 29 72
4. Norwich 39 20 10 9 33 70
5. Derby County 39 19 10 10 26 67
6. Ipswich 39 19 10 10 16 67
7. Brentford 39 20 6 13 12 66
8. Wolves 39 18 11 10 11 65

Breaking League News

Afobe set to leave Wolves this summer?
» Wolves : 31/03/2015 09:00:01
Redmond Scores As England Beat Germany
» Norwich : 31/03/2015 08:08:00
Howe: Really looking forward to the run-in
» Bournemouth : 31/03/2015 07:54:00
Ritchie attracts Hull interest
» Bournemouth : 31/03/2015 07:45:00
LUFC On This Day - March 31st
» Leeds Utd : 31/03/2015 07:17:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Wolves MotM
Suggested By:  Site Staff
Grant 67%
Christie 0%
Keogh 0%
Albentosa 0%
Forsyth 0%
Hughes 23%
Bryson 0%
Russell 0%
Ince 5%
Lingard 5%
Bent 0%
Sub - Dawkins 0%