UK time is: 21:25:09
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

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

Wolves vs. The Rams

Molineux

25/08/2012

15:00

The Big Match Preview: Wolves vs. Derby County

The Rams face relegated opposition for the second time in five days as they travel to the Black Country and Wolverhampton.

Nigel Clough's men go into the game with only one point from their opening two league games having conceded late goals in all three matches so far.

Despite losing 14 million striker Steven Fletcher, Wolves will be sure to mount a promotion challenge this season with proven Championship performers like Sylvan Ebanks-Blake and Stephen Ward still in their ranks.

Vital Quotes:

Nigel Clough is not worried despite his side's meagre one point haul so fa this season: 'We are not concerned at this stage,' Clough said.

'Yes, we have one point from two league games, but we know how good the players are and how honest they are as well - we just want them to get their rewards sooner rather than later.

'If we were playing poorly, not creating chances and not being in games, then we would be concerned.

'But we are creating chances, we just need to take them when we are on top in games because if you don't it can come back to haunt you - as we have found out in the last three matches.

'The rub of the green has been against us, which is very hard to take, but if the players keep playing and keep believing then their luck will change.

'The energy, the commitment and what the players are giving us cannot come into question, so if they keep doing that - and crucially take our chances when we are on top - the results will come.'

Wolves Team News:

Matt Jarvis has been sold to West Ham and will force Wolves into a change. Skipper Karl Henry will also miss out having limped off the pitch during the home win over Barnsley.

Player to watch: Sylvan Ebanks-Blake

Ebanks-Blake may not have been able to cut the mustard in the Premier League but his record in the Championship speaks for itself.

In his last two seasons in the second tier he scored a combined total of 48 goals.

The Rams Team News:

Top scorer Jake Buxton may return to the defence after missing out on the Bolton defeat through illness.

Last season's top scorer Theo Robinson may also feature after improving in training in the last week.

Player to watch: Conor Sammon

Big Irish striker Sammon will have to be key man for Derby this season following his 1.2 million move from Wigan Athletic.

Following Steve Davies' departure to Bristol City, he will have to be The Rams' main goal threat in 2012/13.

Match Facts & Stats

Derby's last matches:

Sheffield Wednesday (h) 2-2

Bolton Wanderers (a) 0-2


Wolves' last matches:

Leeds United (a) 0-1

Barnsley (h) 3-1

Next Fixtures:

Derby vs. Watford, Sat 1st September 2012, nPower 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 24 2012

Time: 4:39PM

 

Have Your Say

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

Recent Derby County Articles

Bryson Strike Secures Win (Sunday November 23 2014)

Stats: Watford v Derby County (Sunday November 23 2014)

Trip To Portman Road To Be Televised (Saturday November 22 2014)

Butland's Stay Extended (Friday November 21 2014)

Russell And Chrisite Earn First Caps (Thursday November 20 2014)

Final Day Fixtures Set (Wednesday November 19 2014)

Rams Thrash Wolves (Saturday November 8 2014)

Stats: Derby County v Wolves (Saturday November 8 2014)

Rams Back To Winning Ways (Wednesday November 5 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)

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
1. Derby County 18 10 5 3 +18 35
2. Bournemouth 18 9 5 4 +17 32
3. Middlesbrough 18 9 5 4 +14 32
4. Ipswich 18 8 7 3 +8 31
5. Brentford 18 9 4 5 +2 31
6. Blackburn 18 8 6 4 +4 30
7. Watford 18 8 5 5 +10 29

Breaking League News

On this day 2007
Blackpool : 24/11/2014 20:43:00
Pilkington - Time To Step Up
Cardiff : 24/11/2014 20:20:00
Slade - We're Still A Work In Progress
Cardiff : 24/11/2014 20:15:00
Leeds 'one club man' on Sky TV this week
Leeds Utd : 24/11/2014 19:46:00
Typical Derby For Dunne
Millwall : 24/11/2014 19:22:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Where do The Rams still need to strengthen?
Suggested By:  MikeC
Goalkeeper 6%
Fullback 7%
Central Defender 50%
Midfield 6%
Wide Attacker 6%
Central Striker 19%
Nowhere 6%