The spectacular revival of Derby County
Tuesday 14th September 2010, Hull City 2-0 Derby County and the Rams dropped into the bottom three, and I`m not sure about anyone else, but a feeling of relegation doom came over me, especially having witnessed a terrible performance against Sheffield United just days earlier. The next game was away at Oakwell against Barnsley who had previously battered Yorkshire rivals Leeds United 5-2, Derby played well but could only come away with a draw after a Dean Leacock goal was cancelled out by Adam Hammill, the Rams climbed out of the bottom three but there was still a grim feeling around the fans.
But that grim feeling was lifted in the next game when Derby annihilated Crystal Palace 5-0, two goals from the ex-Real Madrid forward Alberto Bueno and a goal apiece for Kris Commons, Paul Green and new signing Shefki Kuqi. A sensational performance from Derby County as Nigel Clough seems to be getting the absolute best out of his players, there`s been times when Nigel could have easily have been sacked by Derby, but the Americans stuck by him and I`m glad they did, it`s finally clear what Nigel Clough is trying to do with Derby County.
A 3-1 home win against Middlesbrough, a great away point at Swansea and successive wins against Preston and Doncaster followed, the away win at Doncaster was particularly impressive with Kris Commons grabbing a brace. Commons is one player who Clough seems to be getting the very best out of, Commons as we all know can be very hit and miss and on his day, could well be the best player in the Championship. His contract is out in the summer and Nigel has told him to earn that new contract, a task which Kris has rubbed his hands at with some quite magical performances.
Derby`s next game was away at Millwall, which they lost 2-0 and was arguably a blessing in disguise as it gave Derby the boost they needed to go on another unbeaten run. Watford were next at Pride Park and were quickly swept aside by the Rams, another fantastic performance and a game that will be fondly remembered for great goals by John Brayford and Tomasz Cywka, both summer signings who have slotted into the Derby side brilliantly, as well as James Bailey. Three more players who Nigel is getting the best out of.
The next three results were to end 2-0, firstly a fantastic battling win against Pompey which saw the Rams go to the dizzy heights of 4th in the table, and then a truly rememberable 2-0 win away at Ipswich, which Nigel described as the best win of the season and I have to agree. The next 2-0 result ended in more sour terms, losing to Leicester at the Walkers Stadium in what was a very poor performance and a game which Leicester deserved to win. Disappointing at the time but a result which will hopefully have the same effect as the Millwall loss and spur us on to thrash Scunthorpe United at Pride Park this Saturday.. Come On You Rams!!!!