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About Stuniverse

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    Derby County Researcher


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    FM enthusiast, I maintain my own database based on transfers and managerial changes reported by the BBC. Derby County season ticket holder and member of the Derby Telegraph's Rams Fans Panel.

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    Live in Derbyshire.

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    Derby, Burton A, Belper T

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    Derby (DoF Challenge)

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  1. Busy week at work. Updates will continue next week. Happy Easter everybody.
  2. Thanks @JaytheGreat, I hope you're right. Both Manchester clubs away plus Leeds at home. Very tough start. Even though Leeds were promoted with us they are flying with three wins out of three against Tottenham, us, and Everton. Lazar Markovic scored a hat-trick against us and was sensational.
  3. Game date: Saturday 24 August 2019 Pre-match v Manchester City (a) - Premier League (3) Match Preview RamsFanzine: You were warned by the FA for your reaction to the sending off against Leeds. Have you calmed down now? Stuniverse: Yeah. I'd got it out my system by the next day. There's no point looking back, we have to look forward and focus on what we're doing. RamsFanzine: Two defeats and you're away to last season's Premier League Champions. Can you get a result against Manchester City? Stuniverse: You never know in football. We ran the other Manchester club very close so you just never know. Team Selection RamsFanzine: Two changes today. Stuniverse: Yes. Curtis Davies for Gustavo Gomez was forced due to the sending off. I've also brought Jayden Bogle in for Max Aarons. RamsFanzine: Any of your walking wounded fit and available? Stuniverse: No. We're still missing Martyn Waghorn (groin), Harry Wilson (calf), Andre Wilson (abdominal) and Amato Ciciretti (groin). Post-match: Manchester City (2) 3-0 (0) Derby County Stuniverse: I thought we started quite brightly and Domingos Quina had one cleared off the line but once they took the lead well... well, we saw first hand just how amazingly good Manchester City actually are. RamsFanzine: Your side is getting some criticism for over-aggressive tackling. What do you make of that? Stuniverse: We're not that sort of side at all. Yes, we send the players out to be competitive and get in the opposition faces, but we're not a dirty side, and we're definitely not trying to hurt anyone.
  4. Game date: Sunday 18 August 2019 Pre-match v Leeds United (H) - Premier League (2) Match Preview RamsFanzine: Last season over 46 Championship matches, Derby and Leeds could only be separated on goal difference by one goal. Does that make this a must win match at home? Stuniverse: I think it's far too simplistic to assume that the three promoted sides are going to be in a relegation dogfight at the end of the season. Leeds beat Spurs 2-1 on opening day and we played very well against Man United, albeit we didn't pick up any points. And even if that was a correct assumption, we've only played one match so it's far too early to be talking about must wins. RamsFanzine: In this fixture last season, both matches were won by the away side and were high scoring affairs. Do you think we'll see another high scoring match? Stuniverse: I don't think you can read too much into last season's matches. We've done a lot of business in the summer as have Leeds United. There'll be two completely different 11s to the ones picked last season. We've been working hard on our shape in training to get a better balance between defence and attack so I'm hoping we'll be more solid and resilient in that respect. Team Selection RamsFanzine: How's your injury list? Stuniverse: Good news and bad news on that. Facundo Colidio (jet-lag) is on the bench but Amato Ciciretti went down in training with a pulled groin. Martyn Waghorn (groin), Harry Wilson (calf) and Andre Wisdom (abdominal) are still out. RamsFanzine: You've named an unchanged team. Stuniverse: Yes. We've had eight days to recover and I thought we played very well at Old Trafford. Those players have earnt the right to go again. Post-match: Derby County (1) 2-3 (0) Leeds United Stuniverse: I'm fuming after that. Not with the players, I thought my players were magnificent. There wasn't a bad tackle in the game so how the referee could give us seven yellow cards... I just don't know. Gustavo Gomez's second yellow wasn't even a foul, he clearly won the ball. RamsFanzine: The sending off changed the game, didn't it? Stuniverse: Yeah, Yeah, it did. We were 2-0 up and looking comfortable. The sending off, which was never a sending off, gave them the impetus they needed to mount their comeback. If Gustavo stays on we win that match. Simple.
  5. Game date: 18 August 2019 Shrewsbury Town (Championship) have taken 19-year old central midfielder Albie Morgan on loan until the end of the season. Morgan is a summer signing for Derby County and this loan move confirms that Rams manager Stuniverse sees him as one for the future.
  6. Game date: 16 August 2019 Yeovil Town (league Two) sign 21-year old left-back Calum Macdonald on loan until January.
  7. Game date: 15 August 2019 An all Premier League Carabao Cup 2nd Round tie sees Derby County host Brighton and Hove Albion
  8. Game date: 14 August 2019 Wycombe Wanderers (league Two) loan Morgan Whittaker until January
  9. Game date: 11 August 2019 SEASON TICKET SALES 26,755. RamsFanzine: Ahead of the Rams first home match of the season, Derby County announced season ticket sales of 26,755.
  10. Game date: 10 August 2019 DRIVER MOVES TO SPAIN ON LOAN RamsFanzine: Igor Stimac confirmed that 18-year old striker Tommy Driver has joined Real Union in the Spanish Second Division B2 until the end of the season.
  11. Game date: Saturday 10 August 2019 Pre-match v Manchester United (a) - Premier League (1) Match Preview RamsFanzine: As baptisms of fire go, this is about as tough as it gets isn't it? Stuniverse: Well Manchester United finished 4th last season so I suppose there's three tougher away matches we could've had [laughs]. Seriously though, this is what all the hard work, blood, sweat and tears last season was all about to win promotion to the Premier League. It's days like these that spurred us on last season. A trip to Old Trafford, the Theatre of Dreams, these are the matches you want to be a part of. RamsFanzine: Is your squad fully fit? Stuniverse: No, not quite. Harry Wilson's still out with a calf strain, Martyn Waghorn has a pulled groin, Andre Wisdom has an abdominal strain, and Facundo Colidio had a long flight from Argentina, hasn't trained yet, and isn't in contention. Everyone else is available for selection. Team Selection RamsFanzine: You start five debutants today. Stuniverse: Yes. Why not? Igor's signed some very good players so let's throw them in at the deep end and see what they're made of. Orestis Karnezis, Gustavo Gomez, Max Aaarons, Alfred N'Diaye and Domingos Quina all start. Amato Ciciretti is on the bench and Facundo Calido will need to wait for his chance as he's still jet-lagged. Post-match: Manchester United (2) 2-1 (1) Derby County Stuniverse: I'm so proud of the players today. We brought 3,000 Rams fans to Old Trafford and I hope they're as proud of the team as I am. Yes there was an obvious gap in quality and, at times, we couldn't get close to them, but we stuck to our game plan, kept going at them, and were competitive for the full 90 minutes. Ole Gunnar Solksjaer and his players know we gave them a game. RamsFanzine: Did you fear the worst when Martial scored for them after four minutes? Stuniverse: I have a lot of confidence in this squad but yes, when you concede a goal like that, so early, you do worry. The goal was a real lesson for us. We were attacking down the left, lost the ball in their penalty area, two passes later Anthony Martial has it on the halfway line and he runs through us and smashes the ball into the net. But we responded magnificently. I thought we created plenty of chances. Even when we were 2-0 down we kept going. David De Gea had to produce some great saves to deny Jack Marriott and Domingos Quina, before Mason Mount got us back into it at 2-1. In the second-half we didn't tire and I thought we grew in confidence. Orestis Karnezis made some fine saves to keep us in it and, on another day, we may have grabbed an equaliser.
  14. Game date: 8 August 2019 Transfer Deadline Day - INS RamsFanzine: On a dramatic, and busy transfer deadline day, Igor Stimac signed four players for Derby County, bringing in Amato Ciciretti, Facundo Colidio, Gustavo Gomez and Albie Morgan. Amato Ciciretti, a 25-year old Italian right winger, signs until the end of the season, on loan from Napoli. Facundo Colidio, a 19-year old Argentinian striker, also joins until the end of the season, on loan from Inter Milan. Colidio holds an Italian passport and didn't require a work permit. Gustavo Gomez, a 26-year old Paraguayan central defender, received his work permit and joined until the end of the season, on loan from AC Milan. Albie Morgan, a 19-year old central midfielder, signed permanently from Charlton Athletic for £300K (possibly risng to £625K) until the summer of 2022. Morgan is expected to begin his Derby County career in the Rams U23 squad.
  15. Game date: 8 August 2019 Transfer Deadline Day - OUTS STIMAC LOANS OUT THREE YOUNG RAMS RamsFanzine: On a busy transfer deadline day for Derby County, Igor Stimac loaned out three young Rams Josh Grant, Kellan Gordon and Louie Sibley. Grant joins League One Southend United until the end of the season. Gordon joins League Two Port Vale until January. Sibley reunites with his Rams U23 team-mate Luke Thomas at League One Bristol Rovers until January.
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