UK time is: 16:54:36
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

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

The Hornets vs. The Rams

Vicarage Road



The Big Match Preview: Watford (A)

So, the usual pattern of the start of Derby County's season has continued.

The opening game has been won 2-1 and the follow-up in the Carling Cup has been an embarrassing defeat to League Two opposition. Let the unpredictability of games 3-48+ begin!

The Rams travel to London to face Watford in the second league game of the season. The Hornets have only had one match this season, a 2-2 draw against Burnley, disappointing for them after surrendering a two goal lead.

Their league cup tie with Bristol Rovers was postponed after the well-documented trouble in the capital.

There are no indications of another postponement so Rams fans can travel safe in the knowledge that the game will go ahead.

Consistency is something of a rarity in Derby, and Rams fans have had to endure some dreadful seasons of late. Supporters deserve something to cheer about and a season of hope rather than yet another damp squib.

Let this be the year.

Vital Quotes:

Rams manager Nigel Clough believes that the appointment of a new boss at Vicarage Road will provide the home side with an advantage: He said: 'It's Sean Dyche's first home game since becoming manager there, so we are expecting a good atmosphere.

'Warford had a decent draw away at Burnley on the opening day and will be looking to build on it.

'But we are concentrating on ourselves and getting our performance right.

'Last Saturday we did and won the game. On Tuesday we didn't, even for just 45 minutes, and paid a heavy price.

'It's good to have an opportunity to put that right straight away.

'It's going to be a very tough game and we know to compete we will need to work just as hard as we did against Birmingham City on the opening day.'

The Hornets Team News:

Watford manager Sean Dyche is relatively untroubled when it comes to injury worries.

Midfielder Stephen McGinn is the only man to miss out as he recovers from a knee injury.

Player to watch: John Eustace

Solid, if unpectacular, midfielder Eustace appeared to be on his way out of Vicarage Road to Pride Park in the summer, but signed a contract extension with The Hornets.

He would have provided experience and know-how for The Rams in the coming season.

The Rams Team News:

The Rams are facing yet another injury nightmare and, all to predictably, it is the centre of defence which has been hit the hardest.

I won't bore you with the endless list of sidelined players, let's just say that Jason Shackell and Mark O'Brien will be lining up against The Hornets.

Player to watch: Jamie Ward

Striker Ward missed Derb'y home defeat to Shrewsbury Town as he was picking up his first international cap with Northern Ireland.

His harrying was sorely missed and he is a certainty to reclaim his place in the starting line-up.

Match Facts & Stats

Derby County last results:

Shrewsbury Town (h) 2-3

Birmingham City (h) 2-1

Watford last results:

Burnley (h) 2-2

Next Fixtures:

Blackpool vs. Derby County, Wed 17th August, 20:00pm, 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 August 12 2011

Time: 6:02PM


Have Your Say

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

Recent Derby County Articles

Ward - Rams Fitnes Could Be An Edge (Thursday July 31 2014)

Join Vital Derby (Thursday July 31 2014)

Burton Albion 0 Derby County 1 (Wednesday July 30 2014)

Russell Backs Thorne Recovery (Wednesday July 30 2014)

Vital Derby On Twitter (Wednesday July 30 2014)

Steele Happy With Goalkeepers (Tuesday July 29 2014)

Austria Friendlies Round-Up (Monday July 28 2014)

No Deal For Toure (Monday July 28 2014)

VitalDerby on Facebook (Sunday July 27 2014)

Thorne Undergoes Surgery (Friday July 25 2014)

Archived Derby County Articles

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

League Results (view all)

Latest Results

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
7. Brighton 0 0 0 0 0 0
8. Cardiff 0 0 0 0 0 0
9. Charlton 0 0 0 0 0 0
10. Derby County 0 0 0 0 0 0
11. Forest 0 0 0 0 0 0
12. Fulham 0 0 0 0 0 0
13. Huddersfield 0 0 0 0 0 0

Breaking League News

RUFC - Gaffer On Agard And May
Rotherham : 01/08/2014 16:48:00
RUFC - Evans 'John Will Do Well For Us'
Rotherham : 01/08/2014 16:45:00
Derby Loan Move For Best
Blackburn : 01/08/2014 16:43:00
RUFC - Chelsea Midfielder On Loan With Millers
Rotherham : 01/08/2014 16:17:00
Walk4Tilly Gaining Momentum
Wigan : 01/08/2014 15:35:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Where do The Rams still need to strengthen?
Suggested By:  MikeC
Goalkeeper 0%
Fullback 25%
Central Defender 50%
Midfield 0%
Wide Attacker 0%
Central Striker 25%
Nowhere 0%