Vital Football

Latest Derby County News

Glorious Unpredictability!

 Glorious Unpredictability!
I`m sure all football fans have built up their expectations at one time or another as their side have played like Brazil one week only to lose to bottom of the table/lower league opposition the next week and uttered the refrain 'Typical [insert team here], always letting us down, it only happens to us`. Despite this missive being repeated at a number of grounds up and down the country every weekend I`m still a firm believer that the topsy-turvy world of The Rams is slightly more (un)predictable than most.

Opening day promise gave way to a disappointing exit from the cup to Rotherham United and this was followed by some chaotic defending at Scunthorpe but it was the week prior to the international break that summed up what we have all had to endure over the years from hope to despair back to hope again only to have this dashed just as we begin to believe.

A somewhat scrappy win over Plymouth maintained our 100% home record (it may be only two games but I will take it!) and set up us up nicely for the return to the scene of last season`s greatest triumphs at the other end of the A52. After two victories there earlier this year and The Reds` poor start to the season confidence was high of returning home with something so it was with almost metronomic predictability that Nigel Clough`s side found themselves 3-0 down at halftime and staring down the barrel of an embarrassing derby day defeat. Even after last season`s come from behind FA Cup victory surely not many had thoughts of another epic comeback when Miles Addison`s effort was deflected into the net early in the second half but sure enough another deflected effort from Jake Livermore had Rams fans dreaming again. An outstretched foot took the ball away from Rob Hulse as he looked set to tap into an empty net for 3-3 and suddenly the impossible seemed possible only for the momentum to not quite be enough and our neighbours to claim their first victory against us in over six years.

Follow this up with the news on transfer deadline day that last season`s leading scorer and reigning player of the year Rob Hulse was the subject of a bid in the region of 3 million and suddenly things were starting to look down again. In previous years we have seen last minute deals in the transfer window seeing players leave Pride Park with no time for replacements to be signed and sub-standard loans being brought in at a later date. This time however, despite the bid being accepted, Hulse remained a Derby County player and will spearhead Nigel Clough`s attack for the foreseeable future. There have been countless rumours about payments and replacements being lined up but those are best saved for another time!

I have the pleasure(?) of working at the red end of the A52 so I`ve taken my fair share of banter this week in relation to events of last Saturday and the flag waiving incident (Robbie Savage telling footballers to think.... really?) so I, for one, welcome the relative anonymity of international football over the next week, it`s not as though England have ever let us down in a vital match.......

I will (hopefully) be writing this column every couple of weeks during the season so if you have any ideas for articles or even want to write one yourself feel free to get in touch with the powers that be on the site. Input is always welcome as we look to build the site and you can also check out our predictions league via the forum or articles that will be published so if you fancy yourself as a bit of a pundit then why not give it a go?
Exclusive to Vital ! Read now ! The Vital Boxing John H Stacey Interview

Writer:MikeC
Date:Friday September 4 2009
Time: 11:37AM

Best of Vital Network

Vital Boxing - On 9h December 2007..

Comments

0
This has nothing do with that article whatosever, but i saw Robbie Savage in Hamley's today ^^
SouthendBlue
05/09/2009 23:22:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Derby County Articles

November MotM Winner - Steve McClaren (Derby)

Derby County manager Steve McClaren has been named the Sky Bet Championship Manager of the Month for November.

Sky Bet MotM November Winner - McClaren

The Sky Bet Manager of the Month winners for November 2016 are in.

Rams v Baggies Details Announced

Derby County will take on West Bromwich Albion on Saturday, 7th January 2017 with the details for their FA Cup 3rd tie now confirmed.

Johnson On The Mark For Rams

Bradley Johnson`s second goal in two games was enough for Derby County to claim their fifth win in a row as they beat Wigan Athletic 1-0 at the DW Stadium. Johnson`s first half header from a Tom Ince

Archived Vital Derby Articles

Vital Derby articles from

Site Journalists

MikeC
Editor email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

MotM v. Wigan?
Suggested By: MikeC
Carson1%
Baird0%
Keogh0%
Pearce0%
Olsson0%
Hughes0%
Johnson71%
Butterfield0%
Ince0%
Vydra14%
Russell0%
Weimann0%
Bryson0%
Hanson14%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Brighton 20 12 6 2 42 19
2 Newcastle 19 13 1 5 40 21
3 Reading 19 10 4 5 34 1
4 Leeds Utd 20 10 2 8 32 1
5 Birmingham 19 8 7 4 31 2
6 Sheff Wed 19 9 4 6 31 1
7 Norwich 19 9 3 7 30 4
8 Huddersfield 19 9 3 7 30 -3
9 Derby County 19 8 5 6 29 4
10 Fulham 19 7 7 5 28 9
11 Bristol City 19 8 3 8 27 4
12 Barnsley 19 7 4 8 25 3
13 Forest 19 7 4 8 25 1
14 Preston 19 7 4 8 25 1
15 Aston Villa 19 5 10 4 25 1
16 Ipswich 19 6 6 7 24 -2
17 Q.P.R. 19 6 5 8 23 -8
18 Brentford 19 6 4 9 22 -2
19 Burton 19 5 7 7 22 -4
20 Wolves 19 5 6 8 21 -3
21 Blackburn 19 5 5 9 20 -7
22 Cardiff 19 5 4 10 19 -12
23 Wigan 19 4 6 9 18 -5
24 Rotherham 19 1 4 14 7 -26
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)

Dec 11 2016 12:00PM : Nottingham Forest (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Dec 14 2016 7:45PM : Queens Park Rangers (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Dec 17 2016 3:00PM : Fulham (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Dec 27 2016 3:00PM : Birmingham City (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Dec 31 2016 3:00PM : Wigan Athletic (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Jan 2 2017 3:00PM : Norwich City (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Write for Vital Football