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  1. @warlock Now you back off Mr. Pinnock and the Scottish Maldini. Leave them right were they are. On a serious note, I can't pass up any opportunity to bang on about how good they both are. I've seen some decent centre backs at Barnsley recently; John Stones, Alfie Mawson but those two are right up there. Pinnock especially, the best way I can sum up is Ethan Pinnock is playing chess and everyone else is playing checkers .
  2. Derby Transfer Update Outs: Unfortunately thanks to our system there's been very little need for wingers this season, therefore: Florian Jozefzoon and Duane Holmes both exited in January, Reading part with £1.3mil for Jozefzoon which the board weren't best pleased with considering they'd outlayed £2.5mil for the Dutchman just 6 months ago. Roos and Cole also left, neither of them contributing, other than to increase our wage bill. The talented Max Bird -who I saw make his debut for Derby in 2017, at the tender age of 16!!!- left on loan for some 1st team experience. Ins: Going into the transfer window, I felt we needed a striker with the ageing Nugent not really offering the quality required as a backup option and young Mason Bennett isn't quite ready to contribute on a regular occasion. So naturally I didn't bring a striker in -obviously-. The 1st signing was Joe Aribo from Charlton, someone I came close to signing in the summer to add some youth to our ageing midfield. A real talented player as well, with 5 months on his contract we got him for a snip of his actual value. Nick Powell, also found his contract running down to it's last 6 months. £2.6mil seems like a hefty price to put down for the former Manchester United man, but he'll be more than worth it I'm sure. Joe Wildsmith comes in on loan, with what looks like a strange signing. We're above Wednesday in the league and we're taking their 3rd choice keeper on loan. Hopefully he won't have to step in too often. Two signings for the future in, Ellis Chapman and Mak Varesanovic. Chapman looks like a great player in the making, well worth £145k So no new striker, we tried for Ben Woodburn as well as some of the top strikers in the Championship a la, Che Adams, Neal Maupay etc. But to now avail.
  3. @smplfc123 Quaality start to the season, I really didn't enjoy my save with QPR, good to see your doing so well. I couldn't get a tune out of Eze either. Good luck. @green and white barmy army It's a shame about the other day, that's about as unlucky as you can get. I presume Carey and Lameiras will be going in the summer as well.
  4. Yeah, Bogle has been rotated in the right wing-back role with Anya of all people, he's only 2 stars bless him but he's more than held his own this season. On the left it's been Forsyth or Malone rotated together, neither of them are natural there but they'll do. Marriott has really started to hit form and Mason Bennett chips in with the odd goal as well.
  5. Derby Season 1 Update 2 Our unbelievable run continued at Birmingham, with even Richard Keogh getting on the score sheet! We then a real tough test against 2nd placed Aston Villa and in a game we largely dominated we ended up scraping a draw. A trip to Hillsborough to face struggling Sheffield Wednesday and we just couldn't break them down. November ended in style with a trip to Stoke (oh the joys) and a return to form for Martyn Waghorn. The 1st of December served up a real treat against Swansea, genuinely zero highlights in that game. The term "I'm gonna proper Nugent a goal" is a phrase I heard recently in my own footballing exploits and that really comes to mind with this game. We really struggled and shouldn't have had anything from the Wigan game but the man hinslef David Nugent stepped up from 12 yards to give us all 3, a vital 3 points at that. The big game! Derby vs Forest, the East Midlands derby. We absolutely battered Forest in the 1st half and Waghorn fired us into the lead on the hour mark, a manic 3 minutes saw 3 goals, Derby lad Mason Bennett looked to have secured us all 3 points in the derby nut Lewis Grabban had other ideas and a nervy 5 minutes surely awaited us but the Scottish Maldini was right on hand to ease the nerves and send the Derby fans into pandemonium, with a bullet header 3 minutes from time. The visit of struggling of Bristol City would provide another stress-fully earned 3 points. All of a sudden our rock solid defence was completely flustered, 6 goals conceded in two games, conceding that many to Norwich is probably not the worst thing that's ever happened but the loss to Sheff Utd really hurts, they scored two freak goals and it was a massive chance missed. The New Year, was greeted with a 4-0 demolition of Middlesbrough thanks to a hat-trick from Jack Marriott, we were taken back down to reality with a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Leeds thanks to an intercepted back pass but we were completely outplayed on the day, so we can't and won't complain. Waghorn and Marriott did all the damage necessary against Reading as we strolled to success, with our defence seemingly having found it's feet. So that leaves 3 points outside the play offs but with a crucial game in hand to come! Top 6 looks achievable but the top 2 looks beyond our grasp, I just don't think the players and me are ready to be a real threat to the top 2. But you never know. Transfer Update to follow.
  6. Really enjoyed my Derby save so far, been updating on it in the I decided to go with Derby because of the chance to try and 'master' 5 at the back, it's been going well, yet somewhat steady, very similar to the Derby team irl.
  7. So Andre Wisdom left the club pretty promptly, thanks to interest from Stoke- Cheers for the £3.7m- you mugs. Ikechi Anya who is still only 30- seems to have been around for years will come up from the u23's to cover Jayden Bogle. Liam Lindsay, someone I've seen a great deal of over the last few years came in on a cut price deal- as ever from Barnsley . This lad is destined for great things I'll tell you that, how he isn't in the Scotland squad irl is beyond me. Another Liam came in through the door, Liam Sercombe a cheap deal, he'll be rotated in if we need him but otherwise he'll be unused.
  8. Wow!!! What a difference a month or so makes! 8 games undefeated. After a loss against Rotherham United I was incredibly close to the sack, so a tactical rethink was needed. Here's what I came up with: Jack Marriott has really begun to fire on all cylinders for us along with the return of Martyn Waghorn to the fray. 3 straight 2-0 wins got the board back on side, the highlight being the win against top of the league Brentford. A tough test against Norwich awaited us but in all honesty we breezed through the game thanks to Marriott. The improved defensive output of the team was really pleasing to see and has contributed brilliantly to the upturn in form, justifying my outlay of cash on Liam Lindsay. The QPR game left me overjoyed, we went 1-0 down and the fact my players showed the courage to come back and deservedly take all 3 points. So that left us with the battle of the 5-2-1-2's against Sheffield Utd. And there was decidedly a victor in the shape of Derby, 2 goals from Tom Lawrence- who's finally starting to show the quality he has. The West Brom game was an unbelievable one!!! Martyn Waghorn gave us the lead after 14 minutes with our first shot of the game, much against the run of play it has to be said. We were pegged back by Josh Murphy and Dwight Gayle doubled our misery. Bradley Johnson was then sent off for a horrific 2 footed lung in the 52nd minute. In all honesty I thought that was game over, you just can't go to quality sides like West Brom and expect to take anything from the game at the best of times, never mind if you have ten men!!! But not be deterred the lads rallied round and David Nugent looked as though he'd stolen a point for us until Mason Mount found the net in added time to send us home to Derby with 3 points. Get in!!!! Two tough away trips ended with a trip to Teeside to face Tony Pulis' free flowing side- Middlesbrough. A 1-1 draw ended a fantastic 7 game winning streak but was by now means a disappointment. A few little tweaks was all it took, I still don't think we're playing that well and our results are perhaps flattering us. The quality of our individual players is probably dragging us up the table, but I'm much happier with where we are heading now. Hopefully we can find our way into the play offs and I can continue to learn about 5 at the back.
  9. Exactly how I feel. Although this evening, 1 game away from the sack and board confidence down to 35%, I've had a bit of a break through
  10. @warlock Well 5 at the back is going well at Derby
  11. Thanks for the suggestion, I'll give them a go.
  12. Yep that's the one I'll go with- Longshots FC or maybe 'Greedy but quite good wingers (inside forwards really) that always shoot from 30 yards rather than pass to each other FC' as I like to call them .
  13. @warlock Looks like a good base to build form there, really hitting form now and always great to see Jake Vokins in a save (for the millionth time ). Started a save as Rotherham after binning my QPR save, I just couldn't get a narrow formation to stick. But although Barnsley aren't exactly rivals with Rotherham, it still feels a little bit wrong. I'm now looking for an efl team to try a 5 at the back formation with, the obvious choice is of course Sheff Utd but that is definitely not happening.
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