|RamsFan Reaction - "You Don't Know What You're Doing"|
Wed 02nd Mar 2011 13:07 by I.Saw
“You Don’t Know What You Doing” chanted the crowd. A familiar refrain from football fans throughout the country.
This time though it was directed at manager Nigel Clough as he pulled off Theo Robinson with the Rams trailing two nil to a Doncaster side who were bereft of fourteen first team players.
Theo, fresh from scoring the winner days earlier, had up to that moment been the one bright spark in a methane sea of greyness that soaked the life out of the Derby supporters in the stand.
Clough could have gone for Stephen Davies, a strike partner in name only, as effective as an electric carving knife in a power cut.
He could have gone for namesake Ben, Dead Eye Dick Davies, who isn’t dead and doesn’t have an eye for goal but apart from that….
Jamie Ward, another option, a candidate for Prozone player of the match such was the ground that he ineffectively covered, if the Rams ever needed a 4 x 100 relay team Ward would be your man. However playing wide on the wing he contributed so little even in direct comparison to Pearson who Clough dropped for him.
In midfield Addison moved like a shopping trolley; with a wonky wheel; pushed over those bobbles that they place at road crossings, such was his mobility. Addision’s partner in sloth was Captain Savage, a pussycat without teeth and claws. It added up to a vacuum of space and time in central midfield which Donny exploited to the full.
At the back John Brayford, effective on Saturday with Pearson covering was left exposed in the left full back role. Billy Sharp’s first two goals came from crosses from the Derby left that should have been cut out. Never mind “Scooby Do Where Are You” substitute Ward and it’s a fair question.
Perhaps two games in four days was too much for Barker and Ayala, certainly their concentration lapsed as Doncaster brushed them aside frequently.
A nightmare performance then from the Rams, Doncaster made to look a different class. Derby lacked formation and discipline in positional play hardly surprising when you consider the amount of unfamiliar roles the players have been asked to assume.
Changes with Bueno, Pearson and Cwyka added confusion as target man Robinson had by then departed. Hit and hope the manta of desperation.
The word “team” was incomprehensible with a raggle of talented and untalented individuals, the wearing of white shirts seemingly the only common denominator.
Yes we got out just deserts.
A mass exodus began as Doncaster added a third.
Stephen Davies, last hair on the right of his scalp added a consolation from a Paul Green pass in the dying minutes. It was too little too late.
Making plans for Nigel then perhaps Mr Clough needs to realise that just because M & S lorries carry the slogan “Plan A. Because there is no Plan B” it doesn’t mean you have to adopt the same sentiments, especially when Plan A clearly doesn’t work.
Actually listening to the Defamation Of Strickland Banks is ultimately preferable to watching the desolation that is Derby under GSE ownership. One has an element of rap the other is just crap..
Barnsley up next. Derby down.
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