Derby County - The Big Match Preview: Middlesbrough (A)
UK time is: 02:18:51
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

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

Boro vs. The Rams

Riverside Stadium



The Big Match Preview: Middlesbrough (A)

The Rams face the latest in a tough run of matches with a trip to an unhappy hunting ground: Middlesbrough.

Points at The Riverside Stadium have been hard to come by for The Rams in recent years but now may be a good time to play Boro, who have scored only once in the last five games, slipping five points away from leaders Southampton.

Derby also sit on 21 points and will be confident of taking something of one of their early play-off rivals given the impressive number of points Nigel Clough's men have accumulated on the road this season.

Vital Quotes:

Nigel Clough is considering handing young starlet Mason Bennet his debut against Boro...because he has the school holidays coming up: 'Mason is someone we have to be patient with, but we can`t deny that we`re very excited about him,' he said.

'He's a fantastic prospect and playing in the Championship would certainly not faze him.

'We wanted to take him with us to Reading, but we were mindful that he had to be in at school nice and early the following day!

'It won't be a problem this weekend though, because he's breaking up for half-term next week.'

Boro Team News:

Influential former Celtic midfielder Barry Robson is suspended for the match after picking up his fifth booking of the season against Nottingham Forest.

Rhys Williams (groin), Matthew Bates (foot), Kevin Thomson (hamstring) and goalkeeper Carl Ikeme (hand) are also doubts for Tony Mowbray's side.

Player to watch: Marvin Emnes

Dutch striker Emnes has been in good form this season. Although his sensational early-season form has dropped off to a certain extent, he still most certainly possesses the class to score against defences at this level.

The Rams Team News:

Nathan Tyson has suffered yet another setback with his troublesome groin injury and is not in contention.

John Brayford is unavailable, as is Steven Davies, who underwent a five hour operation following a hefty head injury.

Player to watch: Theo Robinson

Theo 'Theeeeeeeeooo' Robinson certainly has his critics at Derby but he seems to be developing a knack of being in the right place at the right time to score for The Rams. Two close range strikes in his last two games is exactly the sort of determination and following in you want to see from your strikers and he seems to be becoming something of a cult hero for the Pride Park faithful.

Match Facts & Stats

Derby County last 5:

Reading (a) 2-2

Leicester City (a) 0-4

Barnsley (h) 1-1

Millwall (h) 3-0

eading last 5:

Nottingham Forest (a) 0-2

Millwall (h) 1-1

Reading (a) 0-0

Leicester City (h) 0-0

Ipswich Town (h) 0-0

Next Fixtures:

Derby County vs. Portsmouth, Sat 29th October, 15:00pm, The Championship

The Journalist

Writer: RobB Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday October 21 2011

Time: 3:30PM


Have Your Say

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

Recent Derby County Articles

Butterfield Sends Rams Top (Friday November 27 2015)

Stats: Hull City v Derby County (Friday November 27 2015)

Hull City v Derby - Teamsheets! (Friday November 27 2015)

Vital Derby On Facebook (Friday November 27 2015)

Vital MotM v. Cardiff - George Thorne (Friday November 27 2015)

One In, One Out On Loan Front (Friday November 27 2015)

Match Day Officials v Hull City (Thursday November 26 2015)

Derby Are Done - Clement (Wednesday November 25 2015)

Rams In For Left Back? (Tuesday November 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)

1. diddyram 4

League Results (view all)

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
1. Derby County 18 10 6 2 +15 36
2. Hull City 18 10 5 3 +16 35
3. Brighton 17 9 8 0 +9 35
4. Middlesbrough 17 10 3 4 +13 33
5. Burnley 17 9 6 2 +9 33
6. Birmingham 17 8 4 5 +6 28
7. Reading 17 7 6 4 +7 27

Derby County Fixtures (view all)

Breaking League News

Butterfield Sends Rams Top
Derby County : 27/11/2015 23:01:01
Derby County : 27/11/2015 22:57:00
RUFC - Lenighan Will Give 'One Hundred Per Cent'
Rotherham : 27/11/2015 22:24:00
RUFC - Warren Out On Loan
Rotherham : 27/11/2015 21:58:01
Hull City : 27/11/2015 21:32:01

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

MotM v. Hull City
Suggested By:  MikeC
Carson 1%
Christie 0%
Keogh 0%
Shackell 0%
Warnock 66%
Thorne 0%
Butterfield 33%
Hendrick 0%
Ince 0%
Martin 0%
Weimann 0%
Bryson 0%
Russell 0%